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18/10/2020

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

Chris Mayes reflects on life at the Reserve at the start of Spring 2020, click here to read.

Staff Movement

  • Nil

Roads & Tracks

Clearing of roads from elephant impact continued when time permitted. During the reporting period the following road verges were trimmed back and damaged vegetation removed:

  • Goedehoop: Oxpecker Road, Hoopoe Loop, Wedge Boundary Road through to the Hammerkop River, Hammerkop Road through to Howard’s Hope, Southern section of Goshawk Road.
  • Argyle: Birdhide Road, Argyle Boundary Road, Reservoir Road, Termite Road, Buffalo Drive through to Timbavati Crossing

Airstrip

  • The airstrip surface was checked weekly and the condition noted in the register.
  • Elephant droppings and minor vegetation removed from runway surface.
  • A reminder please that all airstrip users must complete (once off) an 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

  • Repairs were on an ad-hoc basis, as and when required, throughout the month, because of buffalo and giraffe breakages.
  • The cement cone/pyramid construction is underway. 1855 pyramids were constructed in week one.

Bomas, Hides and Picnic Sites

  • The Platform Solar pump was replaced.
  • Repairs were made to the flue on the Eco-Loo at Howard’s Hope.

Security

  • No incidents to report.

Road Kill

  • 1 x Puffadder
  • 1 x Natal Spurfowl
  • 4 x Tree Squirrels

General Fire risk management

The early rains have reduced the high fire risk.

  • All firefighting equipment checked and tested on Sundays.
  • X 2 tractors available to assist with fire-fighting (x2 water drawn carts).
  • X 1 “Bakkie-Sakkie” serviceable and responsive on a “first call” basis.
  • X 20 fire beaters and and x 4 knap-sack sprays in good working order.
  • X 2 “frog pumps” fully operational.
  • Fire extinguishers annual servicing scheduled in October.

Eskom Usage

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

Vehicles and Workshop

  • The general fleet and static plant maintenance is 100% compliant with the servicing schedule.

Reception Statistics

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VEHICLES 217 173 200 5 4 108 207 400 467 261 171 439
MEMBERS/GUESTS 631 487 542 10 8 316 538 1142 1332 685 481 1407
UNACCOMP. GUESTS 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 2 2 0
UNITS OCCUPIED 129 103 120 5 4 48 112 186 196 110 88 185
AIRBORNE VISITORS 2 11 3 0 0 13 5 15 9 2 2 3

 


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