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Weather

Rainfall: January 2017:
1983 - 2017 83.5mm
   
Temps:
1992 - 2017
Max: 37°C
Min: 17°C
   
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Reserve Affairs

19/02/2017

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

General:

  1. Our sincerest condolences to the Holmes family in Bungalow #49 over the recent passing away of a close family member.
  2. A warm welcome is expressed to the Ebeling family for a share purchase in Bungalow # 106. May you have many enjoyable visits to Ingwelala in future.
  3. Temporary trenching work is currently taking place in the Reception car park to reticulate water from the reservoir in the Workshop to the swimming pool grounds.

Abraham’s bird hide safety tips.

Here are a few tips shared with you for personal safety when entering Hides and Bomas. Bird hides are open structures out in the bush. Gates and entryways will keep big game out, but smaller creatures may be able to get in.
• Ask an adult to enter the hide before children rush in.
• Scan every corner (including the roof) before relaxing.
• Constantly be aware of your surrounds.
• Give snakes their space – you are the intruder after all.
• When encountering a snake, leave a note on the door or bench warning new visitors – not everyone is alert and bush-wise.

Nasty Experience.

Members recently described to me a scary experience they had at their bungalow, an incident that could easily have ended in a disaster.

On settling down for dinner outside on the patio, someone left the table to fetch an item from the fridge. When entering the kitchen area, the person was met by huge flames leaping up the back of the gas fridge. Sounding the alarm everyone rushed inside to understand the situation and assist. Soon it was discovered that the gas chest freezer in the pantry was doing the same thing, large flames drawing up the freezer chimney column, and already the curtains were alight.

The fire extinguisher was deployed to try and douse the flames while a person ran to the gas bottle bank to close the gas supply. By this time the individual gas supply valves at the fridge and freezer could be reached as the flames were now abating, and these were turned off.

Consider the consequences if there was nobody home at the time?

On investigating the cause of this incident, gas experts (Technicians) concluded that the gas regulator had failed, thereby no control of a regulated gas flow to the appliances, the increased gas supply “FUELED THE FIRE” so to speak, and in seconds, disaster struck.

Considering the natural elements at Ingwelala, the ambient temperatures, the erratic occupancy of bungalows, it is imperative we learn from this unfortunate experience, and therefore it is highly recommended you have your gas regulators checked routinely by a qualified gas Technician?

Staff “Moonlighting”

It has come to the Board’s attention that a disciplinary enquiry was recently instituted against a staff member who was considered “moonlighting” in the work place for personal financial gain.

This is an appeal to all Users to please carefully consider the requests you put to staff. It is understood that most requests are made with the intention of assisting staff welfare. Ingwelala is extremely fortunate to have a low turn-over of staff, and therefore as a community it is natural that personal relationships develop between Users and Staff over time.

However, in the Staff Code of Conduct, employees are not permitted to earn additional income without written consent from the Board. This is to ensure there is no conflict of interest between Employer and Employee in the work place. Therefore, where services are offered to Users, please follow the company Policies and Procedures, through opening a Job Card in Reception and ordering the necessary service(s).

For example, you wish to have something attended to on your game viewer, and this repair or maintenance item is a service offered by the Workshop, it is not correct to approach a Workshop employee, and arrange with him/her to carry out the work privately for reward, and not complete a Job Card for the Workshop itself to carry out the work.

Please consider your actions carefully to avoid your actions being the potential cause for an employee to face dismissal because you place the employee in breach of company Policies and Procedures.

Should you be unsure if there is a potential conflict of interest, please consult with a Supervisor of the employee before proceeding, or consult the Reserve Manager directly to obtain clarity.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation going forward. All employees have been advised accordingly.

Upcoming CAPEX Projects.

Subject to effective quotes and a review of accommodation type, the Board approved capital expenditure for Phase 2 (x 2 accommodation units) in Vuka Ingwe and x1 “dormitory” style accommodation unit in Vuka Ingwe (to sleep 8 persons). The latter is for fixed term contract staff.

Staff Movement

We wish Wilson Ngomane a healthy and relaxing retirement. Wilson joined Ingwelala on 01 October 1998 and worked an assistant in the Workshop. Thank you, Wilson, for your 18 years of loyal service and outstanding contribution in the work place.

Roads & Tracks

  • All Camp roads were dragged with tyre and tractor a second time after more rain.

Airstrip

  • The airstrip surface is inspected on a weekly basis and general condition recorded in a register.
  • Encroaching grasses at the apron entrance as well as the runway verges were slashed.
  • Light tyres were dragged over the southern end surface to level cross water run-off.
  • 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.

Fencing

  • All the fences are working within the APNR Protocol and Norms and Standards.
  • X 7 breaches to the Camp fence during the reporting period. Conservation Staff managed to entice the one bull elephant that was reluctant to leave camp on 30 January. Fences were temporary removed at two of the river crossings for the elephant to exit.
  • Vuka Ingwe and the Camp fences were sprayed with a second dose of herbicide.

Hides Bomas and Picnic Sites

  • These facilities are checked daily.
  • Moderate damage to the entrance gate and walkway (screen) at Bird Hide, caused by elephants.

Security

  • No incidents on Ingwelala during the reporting period.
  • One security meeting attended at the South African Wildlife College (SAWC).

Road Kill

  • Nil

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 (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
 2016
Mar
 2016
Apr
2016
May
2016
Jun
2016
July
2016
Aug
2016
Sept
2016
Oct
2016
Nov
2016
Dec
2016
BH NO 1 1095 166 29 91 0 0 165 153 283 106 53 175
BH NO 2 949 437 590 440 517 382 603 590 921 642 814 883
BH NO 3 193 541 883 314 1129 343 721 575 834 518 473 320
BH NO 4 812 671 894 831 742 801 772 832 855 894 911 884
BH NO 5 345 373 467 435 324 477 320 462 473 446 470 392
BH NO 6 650 6473 803 823 548 662 553 709 593 586 394 690
BH NO 7 288 496 214 396 295 434 165 232 425 565 455 207
BH NO 9 Solar Solar Solar Solar Solar Solar Solar Solar Solar Solar Solar Solar
J.B 0 41 284 343 382 345 285 329 111 0 0 0
GOODEHOOP 0 619 874 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.
  • Water Hilux (C1) developed starter problems.
  • Dyna Truck has a faulty water pump.
  • Conservation Land Cruiser (C2) required new CV joints.
  • Hilux Double-Cab air conditioner radiator to be replaced.

Gate Statistics

GATE STATISTICS Jan
2017
Feb
2016
Mar
2016
Apr
2016
May
2016
Jun
2016
Jul
2016
Aug
2016
Sept
2016
Oct
2016
Nov
2016
Dec
2016
VEHICLES 179 160 346 303 213 343 307 338 256 218 185 458
MEMBERS/GUESTS 481 445 1089 949 534 1034 1033 1013 689 609 614 1341
UNACCOMP. GUESTS 0 6 2 0 20 20 0 0 3 0 2 0
UNITS OCCUPIED 159 98 187 187 143 165 179 167 143 138 113 213
AIRBORNE VISITORS 8 9 6 7 4 18 19 3 8 11 7 2