Still more rain! It has rained almost daily during February, making two months of constant rain. We are now sitting at just over 500mm (20 inches) in the Falls but Robins has far surpassed this. Bulawayo was hit with the effect of Tropical Storm Dineo and some places had up to 175mm in a few hours! Great for the dams and underground water, but not the roads!
We welcome Jerry Gotora to our Board, which we are still formulating. Jerry has a long history in wildlife conservation, has served on the Parked Board previously and has been a supporter of Bhejane Trust for many years. He brings a wealth of experience and will be a great asset to the Trust.
I attended a meeting at Hwange Main Camp called by members of the Parks Board to interact between Parks and all the safari companies and NGO’s working in and around Hwange. All parties had a chance to stand up and summarise what they are doing in the area – the amount of work and support being put out in by all these parties into the Park and the surrounding communities was impressive! Parks outlined their dire financial situation and appealed for further help from everyone. However, most operations are already committed to existing programs and budgets, and have little room to manouvre, but this did emphasise the urgent need for Parks to restructure and streamline their operations – they already have a massive financial saving from work done in the Park on their behalf by NGO’s, which should free up more funds for other requirements. Click here to read the full Newsletter… BT- Feb 2017 newsletter