Minister Creecy celebrates World Ranger Day with staff at Kruger National Park

By Dianah Chiyangwa

The wreath-laying ceremony was part of the celebrations in honouring the fallen rangers, who lost their
lives while protecting the endangered wildlife.
Picture By Dianah Chiyangwa

JOHANESBURG – South Africa’s Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, Barbara Creecy, recently celebrated Wold Ranger Day at Kruger Gate in the Kruger National Park.

The day was celebrated with rangers and other staff members of the South African National Parks (SANParks), who have continued to dedicate their lives to protecting endangered species of the country’s protected wildlife.  

Ms Creecy spoke highly of the successes achieved through the implementation of the 2014 Integrated Management Plan, which combines the use of technology, extensive anti-poaching work, and the management of the rhino population. 

Rangers at the Kruger National Park celebrated the 2019 World Ranger Day by commemorating
the bravery and commitment by their members at the Kruger Gate .

“It also involves extensive internal collaboration across borders to ensure that rhino poachers are brought to book wherever they hide,” said Ms Creecy, who honoured the rangers for their dedication and commitment to protecting wildlife.

Still devastated: The family of the late Ranger Respect Mathebula attended the
event in honour of his life, lost to poachers while defending the rhino.
Picture by Dianah Chiyangwa

Ranger Respect Mathebula, who lost his life in July 2018 while defending a rhino, was honoured posthumously, his family and the Kruger National Park unveiling a plaque near Malelane in his honour.

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