Report on trip to the Kalahari for the Khomani San project meetings
1. World Heritage Site
Everyone is excited that the Khomani San Cultural Landscape which covers the old South African Kalahari Gemsbok Park within the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Lucius Molman, Regional Director of SANParks explained at the SC meeting that UNESCO will cover the costs for the new signage as well as for a centre at Twee Rivieren where the history and culture of the Khomani will be at display.
He went to Krakow/Poland to the UNESCO session with a representative of DEA and Dirk, our Tourism Officer. Dirk, whom we sponsored training at the SAWC for two years, held a speech which was very convincing, got applause even from our competitors and apparently was very helpful to get the Khomani the award.
The South African Minister of DEA will come to the official launch of the Site and will also sign a MOU between DEA and SANParks on Wildlife Economy, a project which will support two sites in the Kruger Park and the Khomani San, meaning that they might get funding for their farms.
2. Erin Game Ranch
Charl, the farm manager, spread the news that SANParks will donate 25 Oryx, Red Hartebeest, Blu Wildebeest, “Hartmann Zebras” and Ostriches for Erin Game Ranch. The 11 Zebras which are currently living on Erin will be removed to another farm to protect the gene pool of the “Hartmann Zebras”. The costs for the translocation will be covered by PPF and SANParks respectively.
3. Community Property Association
Terance, the administrator of the CPA, informed that the community AGM will be held on 22 and 23 July. On the agenda are the audited financial statements of the CPA for the last three years and the budget for this year and the next year. Highlight will be the elections of the Board of the CPA. Each ward, where the Khomani live, has to vote for 2 members and all wards can also vote for 3 members who will represent the entire community at Board level. The board will then elect an executive committee. Terance, though, will stay in charge of the CPA for the next couple of years.
It has been decided to start with the capacity building of the CPA board members with a workshop between 7 and 11 August. The topics will be what it means to be a board member, the responsibility and accountability and also the rights which come with it. They will be informed about the assets of the CPA, what has been achieved so far and the plan ahead.
There will be a tender process to find the right consultancy firm which will conduct the follow-up workshops in the future which will deal with good governance, the basics of management and financial planning and reporting, i.e. profit and loss, net and gross, etc.
As there are limited funds for this in the current budget there will be a new project “capacity building” for 2018 and 2019. The three Rotary Districts involved, being 9350, 9400 and 1800, will donate Rand 50,000, 65,000 and 75,000 and the Carl-Duisberg-Foundation for international education and cooperation will contribute Rand 425,000.
4. Erin Advisory Committee
Karel Landmann, president of WRSA, chaired an Erin advisory committee meeting on 18 July. A facebook page will be implemented and the website will be further developed to accommodate online bookings for Erin tented camp and for the hunting operations; this will be done in phases. Firebreaks have been developed to make sure that Erin will not be destroyed by fires coming. Peace Parks Foundation will present a new Cyber tracking system in August which will enable the rangers to give better reports on the number of animals and their condition at Erin.
5. Steering Committee (SC)
SANParks reported that the planning process for the Dawid Kruiper Lodge near Twee Rivieren is on track. The EIA process is also on its way which might last another six months. After this the tender process will start and it is envisaged to start building the lodge in 2018.
One Veldskool and one Imbewu Youth camp have been organized. Two Kids-in-park camps for the Khomani San and Mier have taken place and another two are planned in the second half of 2017.
There are plans to establish a “Khomani San Tracker Academy”.
Another two Khomani have a chance to start their training at the South African Tourism College in 2018.
The next meeting of the SC will take place on 15 November.
Marcelle du Plessis is the Fund Raising and Communications Manager for Mdzananda Animal Clinic in Khayelitsha -- A IFAW Project.
Since I can remember I have had an ingrained passion for creativity and entrepreneurship. In the same breath I was born with a very compassionate heart.
I studied Architecture and completed my Bachelor in Architectural Studies at the University of Cape Town in 2009. My second passion for entrepreneurship was led me to completing my Postgraduate Degree in Management Studies specialising in Entrepreneurship in 2010. My compassionate heart has led to me doing socially related work - I will never find my worth in money and status, but I will in the difference that I make for others.
I started a social enterprise in 2011 called Lavender in Lavender Hill. This I still run part time today. Here I put my studies into practice in terms of marketing, public relations and fundraising. My heart was however unfilled as my deepest love of all lay with animals.
After suffering from a severe eating disorder for many years until 2010 when I decided to get a puppy. I had always loved animals, grown up with animals and rescued stray dogs. Baloo, a Jack Russell-cross-Corgi from Macassar township came into my life and took over my world. He healed every part of me, became my best friend, my shoulder to cry on, my baby, my strength, my hope and my complete love. He was the reason that my life healed and he is still the reason for the largest part of joy in my life.
I decided to channel my very developed skills into helping animals and started working with the Mdzananda Animal Clinic in April 2012. I have never looked back. Not only am I helping animals, but I am helping the people of the community experience the blessings which their animals bring them.
In her enthusiastic manner Lyn gave feedback on Rise to Success project.
There are 11 participants and all are excited about the project. Lyn has created a Whats App group and is in constant contact with all the participants.
In keeping with President Casper's request Clive's feedback was short and sweet. The Financials have been uploaded to the Website (Members only section) and the Club fees have been paid to RI.
Plenty of praise for Ann with her work on Youth Services. PDG Deon went on to say that he is pleased that both Sharyn and Sonja will be remaining on the Youth committee. Later in the day PDG Deon was attending a meeting with Grace anderson of Somerset College Interact. There is a possibility of an exchange between Hamburg Bergdorf Club and Somerset College.
Member information is to be updated and checked on all levels (Club , Club Central and RI ). The future use by our Club of Club Runner is to be investigated; costs,ease of use for all members sustainability. Club targets are to loaded on Club Central.
The speaker progamme is fully booked until January 2018.
After today's induction of the two members, there would be another one in September, Diane Arendse.
At the same time PE Jeremy mentioned that there would be another District Literacy meeting on Friday 29th.
The will be the book handover at Christmas Tinto on 1 August and 3 August at Temperance Town. All wlecome to attend.
The full feedback from Carl-Heinz on his trip to Khomani San is available on the website under articles, titled Khomani San Project Feedback July 2017
Here is the link: Khomani San Project Feedback 2017
Go For Gold Career Jamboree on 5 th July at the Athlone Campus
Carl-Heinz Duisberg ,Robert & Julie Kydd accompanied Richard Saxby to the Grade 12 Career Jamboree.
The progamme was basically to introduce the Students to the various Built Environment participating Companies.