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- Updated 14/12/2016

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Weather

Rainfall: March 2017:
1983 - 2017 22.3mm
   
Temps:
1992 - 2017
Max: 37°C
Min: 14°C
   
7/14 Day forecast - Ingwelala

Reserve Affairs


18/04/2017

Please note: The full Reserve Report is available on the Downloads page.

General:

  1. Our condolences are expressed to the Holmes family in Bungalow # 49 and to the de Villiers family in Bungalow # 41 over the passing away of close family members.

  2. When traveling to Ingwelala please note that SANRAL e-tags now work for the following Toll Plazas on the N4:
    - Diamond Hill Mainline Plaza
    - Middelburg Mainline Plaza
    - Machado Mainline Plaza
    - Nkomazi Mainline Plaza
    - Donkerhoek Ramp
    - Cullinan Ramp
    - Valtaki Ramp
    - Ekandustria Ramp

    All lanes now accept your tag as a toll payment method on the TRAC N4 toll route.
    NB! Between Ohrigstad and the Abel Erasmus tunnel, there are currently several compulsory “stop and go” sections where traffic is limited to single lane. Travel with care!

Staff Movement

Nil.

Roads & Tracks

  • The Conservation Team spent a lot of time and effort on the roads this past month. Where necessary the “middle-mannetjie” was slashed to control seed build up against vehicle radiators. An interesting observation this summer has been the abundance of grass seeds, a noteworthy crop indeed, perhaps Nature’s way of restoring the seed bank during cycles of below average rainfall?

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  • All river crossings were graded and numerous water damaged surfaces (caused by cross run-off) were attended to.

Airstrip

  • The airstrip surface is inspected on a weekly basis and general condition recorded in a register.
  • A reminder that all airstrip users must complete (once off) an Ingwelala Airstrip Indemnity Form before making use of the airstrip. Indemnity forms are obtainable from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..Guest pilots must also complete the form before using the airstrip.

Fencing

  • All the fences are working within the APNR Protocol and Norms and Standards.
  • No elephant breaches to the Camp, Sibon or Vuka Ingwe fences during the reporting period.
  • Regular fence inspections took place and minor maintenance carried out where necessary.

Hides Bomas and Picnic Sites

  • These facilities are checked daily.
  • Refurbishment (concrete) work that commenced at the Platform was completed.
  • Treatment (oil/varnish) of the timber at Beacon Boma was completed.
  • A new gate was installed at the entrance screen to Bird Hide.

Security

  • No incidents on Ingwelala during the reporting period.

Road Kill

  • X1 Nightjar.
  • X2 Squirrels.

General Fire risk management

  • Veld fire risk currently rated low due to “green” summer conditions.
  • Fire-fighting equipment is checked on a weekly basis
  • Two tractor available to assist with fire-fighting (x2 water drawn carts).
  • X1 “Bakkie-Sakkie” serviceable and responsive on a “first call” basis.
  • X1 250-litre water cart and pump available for “fast response”, back up to “Bakkie-Sakkie”.
  • X 20 fire beaters and and x 4 knap-sack sprays in good working order.

Water reticulation

  • Yield data for the boreholes is reflected in the following table, comparative with previous months:
BOREHOLE Jan
2017
Feb
2017
Mar
2017
Apr
2016
May
2016
Jun
2016
July
2016
Aug
2016
Sept
2016
Oct
2016
Nov
2016
Dec
2016
BH NO 1 1095 97 87 91 0 0 165 153 283 106 53 175
BH NO 2 949 669 1005 440 517 382 603 590 921 642 814 883
BH NO 3 193 683 342 314 1129 343 721 575 834 518 473 320
BH NO 4 812 753 322 831 742 801 772 832 855 894 911 884
BH NO 5 345 245 353 435 324 477 320 462 473 446 470 392
BH NO 6 650 107 683 823 548 662 553 709 593 586 394 690
BH NO 7 288 2 0 396 295 434 165 232 425 565 455 207
BH NO 9 Solar Solar Solar Solar Solar Solar Solar Solar Solar Solar Solar Solar
J.B 0 0 0 343 382 345 285 329 111 0 0 0
GOODEHOOP 0 0 0 1132 270 774 825 1018 753 762 870 507
 

Eskom Usage

The following graph shows the monthly Eskom Usage (Kwh) for Ingwelala.

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Vehicles and Workshop

  • The general fleet and static plant maintenance is 100% compliant with the servicing schedule.
  • C1 (Water Hilux) continues to undergo suspension and chassis problems (metal fatigue), and will be replaced by end June.

Gate Statistics

GATE STATISTICS Jan
2017
Feb
2017
Mar
2017
Apr
2016
May
2016
Jun
2016
Jul
2016
Aug
2016
Sept
2016
Oct
2016
Nov
2016
Dec
2016
VEHICLES 179 145 245 303 213 343 307 338 256 218 185 458
MEMBERS/GUESTS 481 437 798 949 534 1034 1033 1013 689 609 614 1341
UNACCOMP. GUESTS 0 8 0 0 20 20 0 0 3 0 2 0
UNITS OCCUPIED 159 91 140 187 143 165 179 167 143 138 113 213
AIRBORNE VISITORS 8 7 3 7 4 18 19 3 8 11 7 2