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- Updated 14/12/2016

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Weather

Rainfall: February 2017:
1983 - 2017 49.2mm
   
Temps:
1992 - 2017
Max: 38°C
Min: 19°C
   
7/14 Day forecast - Ingwelala

Reserve Affairs


20/03/2017

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

General:

  1. 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

Staff Movement

One staff dismissal for moonlighting (for private gain) during work hours.

Roads & Tracks

  • The soccer ground in Vuka Ingwe was levelled and dragged with tractor and tyre after the rains.

Airstrip

  • The airstrip surface is inspected on a weekly basis and general condition recorded in a register.
  • The apron surface and apron fences were sprayed (follow up treatment) with herbicide. The general apron surface was reshaped and part levelled with tractor blade and tyres to minimise the risk of any prop strike on unlevel ground.
  • The wind sock was replaced.
  • 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 4 breaches to the Camp fence during the reporting period, a favourable reduction!
  • X 4 breaches to the Sibon camp fence, the ripe marula fruit attracting elephants into the camp.
  • The Sibon camp fence received a follow up treatment of herbicide spray, and all excess grass removed from under the fence.

Hides Bomas and Picnic Sites

  • These facilities are checked daily.
  • The moderate damage to the entrance gate and walkway (screen) at Bird Hide, caused by elephants, is 100% repaired.
  • Encroaching grasses and shrubs on the (exterior) sides of the screen walkways at Bird Hide and Elephant Pan Hide were slashed and treated with herbicide.
  • There is work in progress at Beacon Boma where the timber is being treated with UV resistant oil.

Security

  • No incidents on Ingwelala during the reporting period.
  • One (GKEPF) 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
 2017
Mar
 2016
Apr
2016
May
2016
Jun
2016
July
2016
Aug
2016
Sept
2016
Oct
2016
Nov
2016
Dec
2016
BH NO 1 1095 97 29 91 0 0 165 153 283 106 53 175
BH NO 2 949 669 590 440 517 382 603 590 921 642 814 883
BH NO 3 193 683 883 314 1129 343 721 575 834 518 473 320
BH NO 4 812 753 894 831 742 801 772 832 855 894 911 884
BH NO 5 345 245 467 435 324 477 320 462 473 446 470 392
BH NO 6 650 107 803 823 548 662 553 709 593 586 394 690
BH NO 7 288 2 214 396 295 434 165 232 425 565 455 207
BH NO 9 Solar Solar Solar Solar Solar Solar Solar Solar Solar Solar Solar Solar
J.B 0 0 284 343 382 345 285 329 111 0 0 0
GOODEHOOP 0 0 874 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.
  • The Dyna Truck is serviceable after the water pump and thermostat housing were replaced. This vehicle is due for imminent replacement.
  • Hilux Double-Cab air conditioner radiator was replaced.

Gate Statistics

GATE STATISTICS Jan
2017
Feb
2017
Mar
2016
Apr
2016
May
2016
Jun
2016
Jul
2016
Aug
2016
Sept
2016
Oct
2016
Nov
2016
Dec
2016
VEHICLES 179 145 346 303 213 343 307 338 256 218 185 458
MEMBERS/GUESTS 481 437 1089 949 534 1034 1033 1013 689 609 614 1341
UNACCOMP. GUESTS 0 8 2 0 20 20 0 0 3 0 2 0
UNITS OCCUPIED 159 91 187 187 143 165 179 167 143 138 113 213
AIRBORNE VISITORS 8 7 6 7 4 18 19 3 8 11 7 2