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Rhino orphans get a second chance at a “wild” life

Rhino orphans get a second chance at a “wild” life

This World Wildlife Day, that calls on the world to “Listen to the Young Voices” of the next generation, let us also not forget the desperate calls of the many young rhino calves left orphaned by the brutal act of poaching. 

CANINE DISTEMPER VIRUS IN HLUHLUWE-IMFOLOZI PARK

CANINE DISTEMPER VIRUS IN HLUHLUWE-IMFOLOZI PARK

Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife (Ezemvelo) and the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) has to sadly announce that the Wild Dog pack in the north of Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park (commonly referred to as the Crossroads pack) has died due to suspected Canine Distemper Virus.

Vulture Count Day 2016

Vulture Count Day 2016

 The 3rd of September 2016 has been designated as International Vulture Awareness Day, which is also the day of our annual National Vulture Count. 

Registration of cites appendix I breeders and traders

Registration of cites appendix I breeders and traders

Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife would like to alert all affected parties that, in accordance with the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of flora and fauna (CITES), all Breeders of Appendix I animal species (Birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates) must register with the Provincial CITES management authority, namely Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife by the end of September 2016 in order to be able to continue trading with such species. 

Road Closures in the Drakensberg due to snow

Road Closures in the Drakensberg due to snow

 Travellers to the Midlands are warned of road closures due to inclement snowy and icy conditions, leading to road closures on the R714 between Underberg and Boston, and the R74 Oliviershoek Pass. Giants Castle has also been cut off currently. We apologise for any inconvenience in changes in bookings we have had to facilitate on your behalf.

Central Reservations Opening Times

Central Reservations Opening Times

Central Reservation times have been changed to facilitate weekend enquiries. In addition to normal office hours, Central Reservations will now also be open for telephonic enquiries between 08h00 and 13h00 on Saturdays. You can call 033 8451000 to place your booking, or use our online booking facilities any time of the day.

Amazizi Annual Hunt

Amazizi Annual Hunt

 Royal Natal Guests, please be advised that the Gorge Walk, Gorge Car Park, Lion Ridge, Eastern Buttress, Vemvaan and Policeman's Helmet will be closed on the 16th of June 2016 for the duration of the Annual Traditional Amzizi Community Hunt. 

Increase in Ezemvelo's Conservation Levy and Admission Tariffs

Internships at Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife

We invite students to apply for opportunities for internship and experiential learning...[Read More...]  [Application Form]

A Career at Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife

We invite students to apply for opportunities for internship and experiential learning.

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About our Internships:

 

Applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

  • An appropriate 3 years or above tertiary qualification, Degree/National Diploma relevant to the above-mentioned fields (Provide certified proof of obtained Qualification). Proof from your institution or college for learnership purposes must be provided.
  • An applicant must be unemployed and provide an affidavit of being unemployed signed by the Commissioner of Oaths.
  • Applicants should be between 18 to 30 years of age.
  • Applicants must be South African citizens.

Please note that the above requirements apply equally to learnerships and internships.

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[Scientific Services Internships - Read More...] 

the ''Share Your Vision Competition'' Internal Staff Only

Girls Gone Wild Competition

Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve wins the PMR Award

Singangisiza kanjani iSilo ekulweni nokubulawa kobhejane?

Breakthrough!

Ezemvelo Celebrates Amarula Festival

Avery Special Pilot

Didima Resort

Didima Resort

Didima Rock Art Centre Audio Visual is not functional and Mike pass 4X4 drive currently closed for public

Located in the Cathedral Peak valley of the uKhahlamba Drankensberg Park, a World Heritage Site....[More...]

Giant's Castle

Giant's Castle

Situated on a grassy plateaux on the ridge of a deep valley below the sheer face of the high Drakensberg...[More...]

Hluhluwe Hilltop Resort...

Hluhluwe Hilltop Resort...

The Multi award - winning Hilltop Resort is the oldest in the KZN and was extensively rebuilt and enlarged... [More...]

iMfolozi Mpila Resort

iMfolozi Mpila Resort

Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park lies in the heart of the Zulu Kingdom, where ancient trails lead through the thornveld...[More...]

Ithala Resort

Ithala Resort

A 3 hour drive from Johannesburg, along the historic route of the KZN’s legendary Battlefields, Ntshondwe is the pride of Ithala Game Reserve...[More...]

 

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Ezemvelo sets the record straight

Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife is saddened by the latest article published in the Weekend Witness on Saturday 28 June 2014 titled “Premier’s R 1, 5 million bush bash – Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife uses conservation funds for fancy party in the Berg for VIPs”. We consider the article’s tone and leaning sensational and the inaccuracies reported defamatory of the good name of both our new cabinet as well as Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife.

However, we believe that in highlighting the points below we will be able to redress this matter. For the record we highlight the following to correct wrong perceptions that might have been created.

The reference to a “Bush Bash” is entirely inaccurate, This phrase indicates the journalist’s misplaced belief and / or bias that this two day event was a celebratory one (“party”), implying recreation as opposed to the true professional nature of the occasion.
A similar objection is noted to the use of the words “lavish cabinet sitting”. There was nothing lavish about the event whereby the cabinet booked for a conference and partook in the normal dining and refreshments associated with such.
It should be noted that the Legislature booked for 120 people to stay over for a two day session, whilst the Premier booked the conference centre for a planning session with cabinet. Both Legislature and the Premier’s office paid as would any guest that needs such services.  
The R1.5 million we spent at Didima was an allocated maintenance expenditure long since earmarked for resort facilities management. This consolidated expenditure was brought forward to cater specifically for the understandable importance we attached to the occasion. This is not the first time that budget was consolidated and brought forward to cater for high profile events.

As a state-owned entity, Ezemvelo views the prioritization of the maintenance prior to the arrival of the dignitaries as an investment so that resorts like Didima become a destination of choice for high profile events. This furthers our conservation agenda through ecotourism. In this context, the fact that the money was sourced from the proceeds of our Annual Wildlife Auction is entirely regular and acceptable.
The essential reasoning behind this expenditure needs little explanation beyond the acceptable emphasis that any organization like ours would earmark to enhance facilities for such prestigious occasion.
The article’s tone suggests this money we invested in Didima Lodge lies outside our mandate. This exhibits a fundamental misunderstanding of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife’s legislated, overall conservation mandate and its stakeholder centric strategy. As such, Cabinet and Legislature are viewed as key stakeholders.
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife’s legislated mandate revolves around three core pillars:  (a) Biodiversity Conservation (b) Ecotourism and (c) Partnerships. The R1.5 million expenditure detailed in this article falls solidly within those pillars.
In using language such as “forking out R1.5 million” not only implies a misallocation of funds, but that these funds were surplus to our conservation mandate.  In light of above statement nothing could be further from the truth!
The article’s detailed listing of those items we acquired for this event would support our routine maintenance for Didima Lodge, i.e. Décor; TV sets; Irons; Baths Towels, Mats and Linen and Crockery and Cutlery.
Didima is a 3-Star tourism lodge and considered one of our flagships. Ezemvelo’s expenditure on items such as curtaining and lounge sets must be seen as an investment necessary to maintain the 3-Star rating.  
Our promotional expenditure on T-Shirts, stickers and gifts should be understood as an entirely acceptable means of enhancing Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife’s conservation brand; both on a corporate level as well as promoting our organization’s Anti-Rhino poaching effort.
The article’s reference to the haste in which we went about spending this money is mischievous. As Dr. George Hughes, the former CEO of Ezemvelo, noted in the article a “brush up … would not have been excessive”. We entirely agree.

Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife considers good corporate governance as a key success factor and as such has established an independent hotline (0800 212126) where any concerns can be reported anonymously. It is therefore unfortunate that this “whistleblower” went directly to the press.
For further information contact the Communications Manager, Musa Mntambo on 033 845 1743/ 083 284 9586 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

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