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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. 

Staff Single Quarters 2 (SSQ2):


The second Single Quarters that will accommodate four single staff members has kicked off with the contract being awarded to Chameleon. Construction will start in the month of June to be completed by end of the year.

This is an important project, which is part of the HR policy to eventually house all single employees in their own units, many staff members are sharing rooms. Each unit includes a Patio, Kitchen, bedroom and bathroom with a shower.

Update: 17/07/2018

Progress pictures of the accommodation unit currently being constructed by Chameleon Builders in the Staff Village, Vuka Ingwe.

There are four identical rooms. Each room has a veranda (left picture) that leads into a kitchenette, bedroom and en-suite bathroom (right picture).


Update: 20/08/2018


Update: 18/09/2018

Accommodation unit is completed. Thank you to Chameleon Builders for a speedy build and successful outcome. In addition, thank you to Brian Cilliers and Dave Annandale for their hands-on project management.

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Bedroom with en-suite shower, basin and toilet

Solar Boreholes:


Three boreholes delivering water to the camp are either powered by Diesel pumps or a generator. These are both expensive to operate and not environmentally friendly. The concern in the past was the risk of insufficient water being delivered to the camp over extended cloudy days and they were quite expensive.

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. But, the solution requires large solar arrays (lots of solar panels) to be able to deliver sufficient water on cloudy days. The solar arrays also need to be visually acceptable and secured to prevent theft and animal damage.

The decision has been taken to do a trial on BH4, which is the borehole situated at Warburg’s crossing. This pump can be heard at night on the South/Western side of the camp. The system has been over-designed to still deliver water on cloudy days and will reduce the reliance on Eskom powered boreholes on sunny days. The mix of cloudy and sunny days will result in a natural rotation of borehole usage.

The results of the project will drive the decision to also replace BH1 (generator powered) on the Umbabat boundary near the old reservoir and BH5 (Diesel powered) located on Argyle drive.

The payback is approximately three years.

Pool Deck:


The Pool is a central focus for members visiting the member’s area. The surrounding area grass is not growing despite many attempts to irrigate and fertilise. The bare ground is uncomfortable to walk on and dirt from the bare ground is being carried into the pool. A number of members have voiced their concern they cannot see their children in the pool due to the pool elevation above the surrounding normal ground level and the paving around the pool is too narrow for seating, socialising or sunbathing.

John L first proposed we consider installing wood or composite decking around the pool to increase the relaxation area with a view of the pool. The initial investigation indicated the cost for decking around the pool perimeter would be too high. A redesign was done where decking was proposed on the Western and Northern side of the pool and then in the future we will consider widening the paving on the Sothern and Eastern (Car park) side. The location optimisers the shaded area under the Sausage tree in summer and further shading using a Latte cover on the North/Western side was also included. Some branches of the Sausage tree will be trimmed and the sausage tree seed pods will be removed annually to not put members seated under the tree at risk. The proposed deck area is 210m2 with 40m2 of latte shading. The deck will step up from the paving to avoid tripping considered a risk stepping down.

Ian Fuller #103 imports Trex composite decking, which is the largest and most successful composite decking supplier in the world; Ian offered to supply the decking material to Ingwelala at a discount to wholesale price. Trex composite Decking was chosen due to the low maintenance and the 25 year Guarantee on material integrity and colour. The decking material colour was selected and the quotes for the decking material and installation accepted.

The deck constriction is expected to start 23 July and should be completed early September in time for the September 24 long weekend. Members are reminded during this period the area on the Northern and Western side of the pool will be a construction site and they should avoid this area. The Board appreciate members accepting the inconvenience the construction will cause. We are very excited by the anticipated improvement in members comfort and feel the new decking will bring to the pool area.

Thank you John L for coming up with the idea and thanks Raymond (#62) for the pool deck floor plan.

Update: 05/08/2018

Sub frame of the pool deck in place...

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Update: 20/08/2018

Completion date is anticipated to be mid-September. The sub frame is treated timber, and the deck is a composite material.

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Update: 18/09/2018

The work on the composite wooden deck installation around the swimming pool is completed. Thank you to Tshukudu Decking for a stunning addition to the general Members’ area.


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.

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.

2017 Report Back



2018 Completed Projects


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