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The Nkomazi Municipality Game Rangers carried out a stakeout on the Groot Draai/Verdwaal Farm (also known as the Mkombo Farm) next door to Marloth Park, on the night of 23 June 2015.  Game Rangers Terence, John, Temba and Lucas lay in the bush for 5 hours before the 3 suspects arrived.  One poacher was arrested and shortly thereafter the other 2 suspects that had escaped, were apprehended. 

The next morning an operation involving the Municipal Game Rangers and the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency Poaching Unit was carried out.  The suspects were made to lead the team to their snares and photos were taken of their activities.  They were then made to remove 32 snares. However, there were so many more that the rest will be removed by Jaco Minnaar, Senior Nkomazi Game Ranger and his team of Field Rangers, shortly. 

John, Terence, Lucas and Themba

Photographic evidence of the slaughter was taken and sent electronically to the Chief Nature Conservation Officer of NKLM, Velly Makwakwa and to Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency.  The poachers admitted guilt and paid a fine.  With the quantity of animals killed, it was evident that these poachers were not only eating the meat themselves but selling it as well.

The carnage was dreadful.  The target animal was warthog.  In addition to the snares there were 2 slaughter areas and 3 sites where biltong had been hung.  Large slabs of fresh meat were found hanging in the bush. There was also an area where a fire had been lit and remains of warthog meat on skewers was found.  The pain and suffering of these animals does not bear thinking of!

     Banana tree cables used for the snares

       The dreadful cruelty

Strands of cable carefully placed also make a good snare!


2017 AGM Report and Minutes

Read the Chief Honorary Ranger's Report for 2016 here

and the Minutes of the AGM held on 17th january 2017 here

Bush snippets 

and other news here


Bird walks

birdingBird walks hosted by Honorary Rangers are held on the first Saturday of the month. The next meeting place is at the corner of Volstruis and  Crocodile streets at 07h00.

Alien plant of the Month

September 2017

Alternative common names:
Feverfew; congress grass (English), parthenium; Demoina bossie (Afrikaans), Mary Mary (local in Marloth Park)

Tree of the Month

Our vision

hrOur vision is to support and assist the Nkomazi Municipality Conservation Department within Marloth Park with their management strategies and objectives while being an effective volunteer group. 
Read a brief  History of Honorary Rangers and the Conservancy

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