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Weather

Rainfall: February 2018:
1983 - 2017 90.2mm
   
Temps:
1992 - 2017
Max: 37°C
Min: 20°C
   
7/14 Day forecast - Ingwelala

Reserve Affairs

26/03/2018

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

General

  • We welcome the Shead family in Bungalow # 37, wishing them many memorable future visits.

Staff Movement

Dave and Adél Annandale joined the management team on 01 March 2018. We take this opportunity to welcome Dave and Adél and wish them every success at Ingwelala.

Adél will be looking after Reception, while Dave will assist with infrastructure maintenance and Members building projects. Dave is a qualified and certified domestic LP gas installer.

Previous work experiences for Dave included serving in the SA Air Force as a qualified petrol and diesel mechanic, he worked for MAN truck and bus, and was a Ntsiri employee for five years managing the Workshop and water reticulation. Dave enjoys cycling and rugby and reading technical magazines.

Adél has previous work experience in the field guiding industry and more recently Reception and Housekeeping duties at Ntsiri. Interests and hobbies include reading and watching movies.

Roads & Tracks

  • Where necessary, after the rains, river crossings and accesses were smoothed over and compacted. Areas suffering bad cross-wash were attended to as a priority.
  • The Camp Roads were graded with the tractor blade.
  • 20% of mitre drains on Buffelsbed serviced.

Airstrip

  • The airstrip surface was inspected on a regular basis and the general condition recorded in a register.
  • Encroaching weeds on the runway surface were mowed.
  • The lower areas that suffered bad cross-wash were levelled/smoothed over and compacted.
  • 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

  • Three breaches by elephants to the camp fence, all breakages were repaired by the Conservation Team.

Bomas, Hides and Picnic Sites

  • All checked and serviced on a regular basis. 

Security

  • No incidents on Ingwelala during the reporting period.

Road Kill

  • X 1 Tree squirrel
  • X 1 Nightjar

General Fire risk management

  • Veld fire and general fire risk in the veld is low given the recent rains in February.
  • Fire-fighting equipment is checked on a weekly basis.Fire tender pumps were serviced.
  • X 1 tractor 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.

Water reticulation

  • Yield data for the boreholes is reflected in the following table, comparative with previous months:
BOREHOLE Jan
2018
Feb
2018
Mar
2017
Apr
2017
May
2017
Jun
2017
July
2017
Aug
2017
Sept
2017
Oct
2017
Nov
2017
Dec
2017
BH NO 1 189 0 87 188 298 34 0 428 277 150 0 149
BH NO 2 1247 877 1005 1141 1000 1043 1113 959 1082 992 1274 1603
BH NO 3 500 627 342 6814 557 151 1176 531 653 534 682 425
BH NO 4 0 03 322 425 483 181 78 0 0 0 768 0
BH NO 5 506 468 353 455 467 238 158 151 159 293 517 534
BH NO 6 481 234 683 622 675 367 769 1018 1082 1218 1055 565
BH NO 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BH NO 9 Solar Solar Solar Solar Solar Solar Solar Solar Solar Solar Solar Solar
J.B 0 0 0 43 278 491 1282 350 58 0 0 0
GOODEHOOP 842 721 0 780 1395 1312 290 664 480 1119 774 1297
 

Eskom Usage

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

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Vehicles and Workshop

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

Reception Statistics

GATE STATISTICS Jan
2018
Feb
2018
Mar
2017
Apr
2017
May
2017
Jun
2017
Jul
2017
Aug
2017
Sept
2017
Oct
2017
Nov
2017
Dec
2017
VEHICLES 128 138 245 397 162 251 263 282 230 174 135 347
MEMBERS/GUESTS 357 356 798 1328 465 818 940 945 727 601 399 1060
UNACCOMP. GUESTS 0 8 0 34 0 3 4 4 7 9 2 7
UNITS OCCUPIED 136 75 140 222 114 150 147 161 140 117 81 177
AIRBORNE VISITORS 9 3 3 17 2 16 17 5 4 9 6 1