Something new is always happening at Ingwelala!
Our projects are as varied and as diverse as one would expect from an organisation with so many stakeholders, and impacting on so many lives.
What is important is that we strive to constantly improve the Ingwelala experience for our members within the conservation ethos and official regulations. Not everyone agrees with every project, and this is why so many of our projects are presented to all concerned before implementation in an attempt to get a general consensus.
This page centralises current projects, or projects under consideration by the Board, and will be updated as more information becomes available.
For some time, there has been a drive to convert our water extraction from our boreholes to becoming a ‘Greener’ type of process. We are attempting to move away from our historic diesel and petrol generated methods of water supply for our needs and the needs of the fauna through our artificial water points. The initial phase of this was recently completed at our #4 Pump on the Wahlberg plain on the banks of the Nhlaralumi.
The process involved converting the petrol generated borehole to a solar powered pump. The installation was done by Robere Brockman, the Maintenance Manager, supported by labour from the Maintenance and Conservation Departments. Initial pumping indications are good as a long-term solution. Future projects will include the Jackalberry Pump on Sibon, as well as the #5 Pump in the vicinity of Deadwood Pan. Below are some images of the Solar Panel installation at #4 Pump.
Brian Celliers: "The solar powered borehole at Wahlbergs is running meeting all expectations after 14 days. This will save Ingwelala R32k/year in diesel costs and operate silently with no air pollution. At the same time the solution pumps 45% more water average over a year. The panels are adjustable to optimise seasonal pumping."
Ingwelala Work Party
In 2014, inspired by the work of other conservation organisations, Uwe Holhl from Bungalow 111 suggested that a focused work group tackle the problem of invading species.However, the growth in technology has seen the prices drop and an improvement in the ability to pump (although at a reduced rate) on cloudy days.
His work parties, open to all and organised generally over long weekends, give our members an opportunity for a hands-on contribution to conserving “a little piece of Africa”.
Apart from the actual work, they give members and their guests a unique way of experiencing and interacting with nature, as well as bonding with fellow and like-minded hobby environmentalists.
The only requirement is a healthy dose of enthusiasm.
There are several building and maintenance projects in varying stages of progress or completion that are reported on:
Two units in Vuka Ingwe received new roofs.
The Bird Hide walkway was fully reconstructed during the reporting period. A flush toilet will be a new addition to Bird Hide. This is work in progress to commission the facility and should be completed by the third week of June.
Comb, patch & new wire mesh at Elephant Pan Hide
Argyle Boma loo revamped
Guineafowl Cottage; comb and patch roof with new mesh
Hornbill Cottage; comb and patch roof with new mesh
Francolin Cottage, underwent a complete rethatch, including new timber and mesh
Argyle Picnic Site, timber deck sanded and resealed
Nyala (staff residence) undergoing remedial thatch work to rectify water leaks
2019 Completed Projects
2018 Completed Projects