Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency to celebrate rangers in Grahamstown

AUGUST 10, 2016

The heroic actions of the Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency’s men and women field rangers, who risk their lives to fight, protect and conserve natural resources will be acknowledged, celebrated and rewarded. These celebrations will take place at ECPTA’s Thomas Banes Nature Reserve near Grahamstown on Friday.

The celebrations are aligned to World Ranger’s day set aside to acknowledge the efforts of field rangers in protecting the natural world every 31st of July annually. 

“Rangers day allows us an opportunity to thank the bravery and dedication of the rangers that work in our reserves as well as to honour and remember those who have lost their lives in the line of duty,” explained Vuyani Dayimani, Chief Executive Officer at ECPTA.

He further stated that field rangers are essential members of the ECPTA family and without their commitment; the agency’s mandate to promote and protect the biodiversity of the province could never be fulfilled. 

ECPTA field rangers make up 31% of the agency staff component and work tirelessly to protect different biodiversity assets within ECPTA’s 21 reserves. These assets range from endangered species such as Cape Mountain Zebra, fynbos, sub-tropical thicket, Karoo coastal forests and marine resources such as abalone.

The ECPTA reserves are clustered as follows:

  • Biodiversity and heritage: focusing on World Heritage Sites and Biodiversity of both plants and animals;
  • Marine and coastal: focusing on marine resource protection and coastal forests, and
  • Game management and recreation: focusing on game management, and recreational activities within ECPTA reserves such as game drives.   

Categories that will be celebrated and acknowledged during the celebrations include: Best Field Ranger, Best Conservation Practitioner and Best Science, Research and Technology.

  • Best field ranger in the Agency: nominated by fellow field rangers and acknowledges his / her contributions to enforcement activities.
  • Best Conservation Practitioner: nominated by fellow field rangers and acknowledges his / her contribution to conservation values of the Agency which include respect, integrity and responsibility.
  • Best Science, Research and Technology: nominated by fellow field rangers and acknowledges his / her efforts in work done in assisting with research on protected areas to advance knowledge of eco systems.