Garden Route National Park Awards 2016

The Garden Route National Park honoured staff yesterday, the 12th August 2016.

Programme Director, Andile Namntu, GRNP Business Development Manager
Programme Director, Andile Namntu, GRNP Business Development Manager

The event was held at the Cattle Baron Restaurant’s deck in Tsitsikamma where 140 people attended including the Chief Operating Officer of SANParks-Ms Lize McCourt, Senior General Manager-Jill Bunding-Venter, GRNP Park Manager- Paddy Gordon and other guests.

68 rangers qualified as Environmental Management Inspectors according to NEMA’s Section 31 B and C of 2008.

Speaking at the event, Ms Lize McCourt said this gives rangers skills to ‘investigate by questioning witnesses, inspect and remove articles, inspect by entering premises to ascertain whether legislation is being followed and seize evidence. administrate by issuing compliance.’

Senior General Manager for Strategy and Business Processes, Jill Bunding Venter congratulated both EMI recipients and Award winners for Excellence in the Workplace.

Park Manager, Paddy Gordon welcomed guests and confirmed the poaching of indigenous plants and small sea creatures is as serious as the poaching of any large mammals.’ Thus the handing over of certificates yesterday is symbolic of the organisation’s contribution to law enforcement, whilst increasing awareness and allocating resources integral to the execution of the function.

Tsitsikamma winners (L-R), Thuthula Fobosi (Hospitality), Ms Jill Bunding-Venter and new Area Manager for Tsitsikamma –Bulelwa Msengi
Tsitsikamma winners (L-R), Thuthula Fobosi (Hospitality), Ms Jill Bunding-Venter and new Area Manager for Tsitsikamma –Bulelwa Msengi

27 recipients of the Excellent Performance in the Workplace Award were given a medal in line with the theme of the year ‘excellence is a habit and not an act. It takes practice and perseverance.’

Knysna section winners
Knysna section winners

The Tsitsikamma section of the GRNP walked away with the Best Performing Camp of the Year for an increase in the number of  day visitors by 8.94%. An increase in revenue generation by 13, 71% and an increase of income to cost of about 10, 29%.

Congratulating winners (L-R): Paddy Gordon, Ms Lize McCourt and Ms Jill Bunding-Venter
Congratulating winners (L-R): Paddy Gordon, Ms Lize McCourt and Ms Jill Bunding-Venter

The Knysna section received the Best Performing Entrance Gate for overachieving free entrance targets, placing measures in place to record statistics on Roomseeker. This action brought about a 45% income compared to the previous financial year (2014/2015). This section also had a calculated Year on Year increase of 26%.

The Programme Director, Andile Namntu (Business Development Manager for the GRNP) kept the crowd in stitches with his jokes and local violinist Minx kept them mesmerized with popular hits.

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