Disastrous Demolitions and Dodgy Detonations…

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Disastrous Demolitions and Dodgy Detonations…

That old adage, ‘failing to plan, is planning to fail’ certainly has merit – but sometimes, no matter how well planned, things don’t go to plan.

You know how it goes… that coffee machine you installed, instructions so carefully followed, gurgles and empties it’s contents on the floor, your meticulously prepared presentation goes awry because of connection issues…
or the office printer keeps printing in a foreign language! “konnichiwhaaa..t?”

Things do go wrong, sometimes catastrophically… but there’s very little that’ll top a disastrous demolition.

Imagine watching your carefully laid plans fail and instead of a spectacular demolition, you're forced to stand by as the multi-story building topples over and starts rolling – towards another development!!

An 80-foot-tall factory building in Cankiri, Turkey topples over like a giant somersault instead of being demolished as expected.

 

 

Should I stay, or should I go…?

This 22-floor apartment building in Liuzhou, China was demolished to make room for a new real estate project in the city.

However, (who would have thought?) things didn't go exactly as planned.

Seconds after the initial blast, half of the building crashed to the ground as planned... but the other half remained standing, leaning ever so slightly to the side.

The second half has since been demolished with a crane.

 

 

 

 

 

Almost!

The Red Road flats – Glasgow City.
Built in the 1960’s the Red Road flats in Glasgow City were earmarked for demolition in 2015.

Two of the six buildings in Red Road estate remained standing after they proved too resilient for planned demolitions.

Disruptions were caused for about 2500 residents living in the exclusion zone, who then faced delays in returning to their homes.

The demolition contractors confirmed the remaining two blocks were stable and would be demolished using routine machine demolitions.

 

 

 

 

Say again?   Repeating in Russia.

Trying – and failing – to demolish a building in Crimea Sevastopol.

 In a botch job of bad exploding, demolitionists rigged a 16-story building in Sevastopol, Crimea to blow, and could only make it lean.

Undaunted, the demolition team set another charge and succeeded in a second failed attempt.

The building was left teetering at a 70-degree angle.

The crew responsible for the controlled demo blamed the presence of nearby civilians for the failure, saying the structure was too close to a residential area, and the team couldn't use quite as much BOOM as they'd wanted, whereas another report from RT.com, a worker stated the reason being reinforced concrete, claiming the building could withstand a 10-magnitude earthquake.
Ultimately, a third explosion finished the job.

Wow - talk about a bad day at the office!

Hello Google…?:

Opening  up a whole new keg of dynamite are home demolitions.

In this next scenario, they were following instructions… literally, to the book;

Coming a close second to worst-scenario demolitions is getting a call from your neighbor… to say your house is being demolished!

Turns out the demolition company was misdirected by Google Maps…

It’s not an easy job for a demolition company, demolition work is one the most dangerous jobs in construction, with the highest injury rates. It’s never an exact science and difficulties arise from various factors, one being older developments, where there’s not a lot of historical information on the building.

Structural principals of the building are key for planning a demolition, the type of structure, where the supports are based, what types of demolition to best use, etc.

Deconstructing a building and allowing the contents to be sold for recycling or removing fixed machinery are factors that need be taken into consideration. Added to this, explosions can be caused by accidental detonations, gas build up (especially in the case of plants) or leaks from pipes.

 

Yip, there’s lot’s that can go wrong with demolitions… should you ever need a demolition job done, make sure you use a reputable company, so you won’t feature in the host of ‘Demolition fail’ videos on YouTube!

Please visit the Leads 2 Business Blog for more information on demolition.
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I started my journey at Leads 2 Business in 2004 as an account executive. In 2006 I moved over to MAPRO (Marketing, Advertising and PRO), and in 2012 I became a Director. It’s exceptionally rewarding being a part of the Leads 2 Business team. I’m incredibly proud of the achievements and business ethos and I’ve always firmly believed we offer a valuable service, fine-tuned to our subscriber needs. I am a Mom of two beautiful children, a lover of human interaction, laughter and light, sprinkled with a generous dose of fun.

L2B Golf Day

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L2B Golf Day

You’ve got to wonder if there’s any better way to spend a business day, than doing it on the green – deadlines, spreadsheets and the continual flow of emails far behind you as you line up to take your shot.

And so, with made-to-order weather at the picturesque Randpark golf club, the Leads 2 Business’ 13th Annual Construction-industry Golf day commenced.

This is the way to do it – meeting, greeting and interacting with construction-industry participants; there were over 70 unique businesses in attendance and more than 40 sponsored areas, the participants eagerly awaited their turn to entertain – golfers were spoilt for choice.

The course was dotted with splashes of colour, laughter and camaraderie – greens and tees were adorned with brightly coloured banners, heavy machinery, cranes, trucks and equipment; if it involved construction, it was there. Gazebos housed friendly promoters, welcoming golfers with a variety of drinks and snacks.
Sponsors and players alike came together with single minded intent to have fun and make a day of it!

Unique, out-of-the-box ideas abounded, including a single-story scaffolding deck for golfers to tee off from, the Hole-in-One competition with a brand-spanking new Audi Q5 for the taking, hoisted into the air by crane and dangling over the greens for all to see.
Stunning aerial shots were taken of the golfers, greens and the sponsored holes, whilst an assortment of competitions were held out on the field, to raise funds towards the chosen charity.

Our prize giving emcee was the fabulous ‘Vinnige’ Fanie de Villiers, who entertained us with jokes, drinks for numerous course offences and auctioned off items, including a stunning safari weekend, autographed 18th hole PGA flags and sporting goods, sponsored by Fanie himself.
Sponsors readily contributed, and the winning golfers got to take home some amazing prizes!

Edwin Pearce, the Warden from the Timbavati Wildlife Protection Programme’s (TWPP) anti-Rhino poaching unit, presented a moving speech that raised awareness on the plight of the Rhino; what they are up against and what it is they are doing to stem the rising tide of poaching.
Sponsor competitions on the day and the prize giving auction raised a significant amount of cash for the grateful TWPP warden and field sergeants.

Leads 2 Business initiated the golf day as a way of thanking our loyal supporters for their ongoing commitment and the L2B staff clamour to be part of this day; enjoying the opportunity to interact with their clients, and in the case of our KZN-based staff, the opportunity to put a face to a name.

With grateful thanks to all our esteemed Sponsors, Golfers and Subscribers who made this fantastic day possible – we at Leads 2 Business, thank you for your valued support:

 

A & R Investments
AfriSam
Akhane Construction
Asatico Civil & Construction
CarMix SA
CCS Computer Construction Software
Colas
Corobrik
Eco Life
Engineering News
FEM
Fidelity Group/ ADT
Franke SA
Ian Dickie
JK Drilling
Kwikspace
MacDonald Steel
Macsteel Trading
Marlboro Crane
Master Builders Association North
Motheo Construction
National Asphalt
New Generation Rigging & Cranes
PPC
Prefab Sprout
ProBuild Construction Group
Prokon
RMS Reinforcing & Mesh Solutions
Rollup Serranda
Rotork Africa
Sectional Poles
Sephaku Cement
Sika SA
Specialised Exhibitions
Spray Pave
Taucon Civils
Tekfalt Binders
Temi Construction
Timbavati – Bruce Jenkins
Umlani Safari’s
Uni-Span Scaffolding
VEA Road and WBHO
WHBO

 

 

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I started my journey at Leads 2 Business in 2004 as an account executive. In 2006 I moved over to MAPRO (Marketing, Advertising and PRO), and in 2012 I became a Director. It’s exceptionally rewarding being a part of the Leads 2 Business team. I’m incredibly proud of the achievements and business ethos and I’ve always firmly believed we offer a valuable service, fine-tuned to our subscriber needs. I am a Mom of two beautiful children, a lover of human interaction, laughter and light, sprinkled with a generous dose of fun.

Did You Know #DYK: Market Intelligence

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Using Intelligence in your business approach.

 

Businesses often make the mistake of surveying their marketing landscape and assuming what works now will work in 5 years’ time. Economic fluctuations continuously occur and these will affect spending. An economic downturn means fewer opportunities with the same number of competitors.

 

Gaining competitive advantage means having clear objectives:

Streamline your approach; know your industry, know your competitors, have solid knowledge of your company’s strengths and points of differentiation.

Be flexible; regularly assess industry movements, use available information and align your strategies to fit current trends.

Plan ahead; determine which areas to focus on and ensure you are prepared to respond to the inevitable challenges.

 

Tracking trends and fluctuations give you a steady overview of your corporate landscape, utilise the data to allocate necessary time and resources to the areas that will grow your business.

 

Using our construction leads platform, we’ve given a breakdown of tenders for each of South Africa’s provinces, including the most populated tender types:

 

Construction Intelligence
Top Tender Industries – Leads 2 Business

 

If you are interested in becoming one of our subscribers, please visit our website.

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I started my journey at Leads 2 Business in 2004 as an account executive. In 2006 I moved over to MAPRO (Marketing, Advertising and PRO), and in 2012 I became a Director. It’s exceptionally rewarding being a part of the Leads 2 Business team. I’m incredibly proud of the achievements and business ethos and I’ve always firmly believed we offer a valuable service, fine-tuned to our subscriber needs. I am a Mom of two beautiful children, a lover of human interaction, laughter and light, sprinkled with a generous dose of fun.

Industry Events: Cape Construction Expo + My Business Expo (Cape Town) + Infrastructure Africa

1. Event:

Cape Construction Expo

 

Date:

Wednesday, 23 August 2017 from 09:00 – 18:00

Thursday, 24 August 2017 from 09:00 – 16:00

 

Event location:

Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town

 

Event Description:

The Cape Construction Expo 2017 is an unprecedented opportunity to access the entire Western Cape built environment ecosystem from project owner to contractor in a unique setting allowing for prestigious visibility, interactive networking and on-site demonstrations.

 

Special Offer, (Contact Josh Lawrence):

As a valued client, we would like to offer you the following complimentary marketing services to maximise your exposure leading up to the event:

· Please send us recent press releases / white papers to publish on our various platforms i.e. social media, websites, newsletters

· Please send us details of your PR / Marketing / Advertising agency contact details or media contacts so that we can see where we can possibly partner to create extra exposure for you about your participation in the event

· Please find attached a digital banner advertising your participation at the expo for you to use in your email signatures, website, newsletter and social media

 

Contact Persons:

1. Josh Lawrence

E-mail: josh.lawrence@cape-construction.co.za

Tel: +27(0)21 700 4356

Mobile: +27(0)61 498 2519

 

or

 

2.Andrew Evans from Hypenica

E-mail: andrew.evans@hypenica.com

Tel: +27(0)21 700 4300

 

Event Website:

Cape Construction Expo

 

 

2. Event:

My Business Expo (Cape Town)

 

Date:

24 August 2017

 

Event location:

Cape Town International Convention Centre,

 

Event Description:

For anyone starting or growing a business. The show is also to, Access to Finance Indaba, The Franchise Show and Trading Across Borders. With more than 25 000 visitors, 250 exhibitors and more than 50 top of the line seminars, it’s the most successful show of its kind in South Africa.

At this expo you will be exposed to valuable entrepreneurial insights about small businesses in South Africa.

 

Contact Details:

E-mail: Events@nsbc.org.za

 

Event Website:

My Business Expo (Cape Town)

 

 

3. Event:

Infrastructure Africa

 

Date:

21 August 2017 – 22 August 2017

 

Event location:

Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg

 

Event Description:

Where infrastructure connects people, places and opportunities. The 6th annual Infrastructure Africa Business Forum will host Project Developers who will provide insights into project development opportunities in their respective countries focused on the following industry sectors:  energy, transport, ICT & Telecoms, finance and water.

 

Contact Person:

Tel: +27(0)11 463 9184

E-mail: liz@infrastructure-africa.com

 

Event Website:

Infrastructure Africa

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I started my journey at Leads 2 Business in 2004 as an account executive. In 2006 I moved over to MAPRO (Marketing, Advertising and PRO), and in 2012 I became a Director. It’s exceptionally rewarding being a part of the Leads 2 Business team. I’m incredibly proud of the achievements and business ethos and I’ve always firmly believed we offer a valuable service, fine-tuned to our subscriber needs. I am a Mom of two beautiful children, a lover of human interaction, laughter and light, sprinkled with a generous dose of fun.

Industry Events: APMP South African Annual Conference + African Petrochemicals Sasolburg Roadshow

1. Event:

APMP South African Annual Conference

 

Date:

23 Augusut 2017

 

Event location:

Bytes Conference Centre, Bytes Business Park, 241 Third Road, Midrand

 

Event Description:

Movies and proposals have a lot in common. You get good ones and bad ones and the recipe that won you the Oscar last year may not even be sufficient to get you nominated this year. So what goes into a box office hit or a winning proposal? There may not be a
magic recipe but there are film schools and best practices that teach us the basics…

Join us for our 8th annual conference where we will be exploring the lights, camera and action associated with proposal management. Learn, network and grow with over 100 likeminded people from all industries.

 

Cost: Member: R1950, Non-member: R2600 Special: Pay for 5 and get the 6th one free. Cape Town delegates get 10% discount and pay for 3 and get the 4th one free. Time: 07:30 – 16:30, Networking and drinks thereafter

 

Contact Person:

To register for this event, please e-mail events@apmp.org.za. For sponsorship opportunities and enquiries, please call Annelize Smit on +27(0)83 380 2317 or email events@apmp.org.za

 

Event Website:

APMP South African Annual Conference

 

 

2. Event:

African Petrochemicals Sasolburg Roadshow

 

Date:

31 August 2017

 

Event location:

Flavius Mareka TVET College, Cnr Hertzog Road and Fraser Street, Sasolburg

 

Event Description:

The African Petrochemical Roadshow offers a diagonal slice of the industry, showcasing and highlighting multiple products, services and expertise available to the Petrochemical Industry, General Engineering, Mining and Power Generation sectors. This show includes Instrumentation and Control, Health and Safety, Environmental, Mechanical, Plant Optimisation solutions and much more…

 

Event Website:

African Petrochemicals Sasolburg Roadshow

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About Lee Finch

I started my journey at Leads 2 Business in 2004 as an account executive. In 2006 I moved over to MAPRO (Marketing, Advertising and PRO), and in 2012 I became a Director. It’s exceptionally rewarding being a part of the Leads 2 Business team. I’m incredibly proud of the achievements and business ethos and I’ve always firmly believed we offer a valuable service, fine-tuned to our subscriber needs. I am a Mom of two beautiful children, a lover of human interaction, laughter and light, sprinkled with a generous dose of fun.

Featured Events: Cape Construction Expo + Decorex Joburg 2017

1. Event:

Cape Construction Expo

 

Date:

Wednesday, 23 August 2017 from 09:00 – 18:00

Thursday, 24 August 2017 from 09:00 – 16:00

 

Event location:

Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town

 

Event Description:

The Cape Construction Expo 2017 is an unprecedented opportunity to access the entire Western Cape built environment ecosystem from project owner to contractor in a unique setting allowing for prestigious visibility, interactive networking and on-site demonstrations.

 

Special Offer, (Contact Josh Lawrence):

As a valued client, we would like to offer you the following complimentary marketing services to maximise your exposure leading up to the event:

· Please send us recent press releases / white papers to publish on our various platforms i.e. social media, websites, newsletters

· Please send us details of your PR / Marketing / Advertising agency contact details or media contacts so that we can see where we can possibly partner to create extra exposure for you about your participation in the event

· Please find attached a digital banner advertising your participation at the expo for you to use in your email signatures, website, newsletter and social media

 

Contact Persons:

1. Josh Lawrence

E-mail: josh.lawrence@cape-construction.co.za

Tel: +27(0)21 700 4356

Mobile: +27(0)61 498 2519

 

or

 

2.Andrew Evans from Hypenica

E-mail: andrew.evans@hypenica.com

Tel: +27(0)21 700 4300

 

Event Website:

Cape Construction Expo

 

 

2. Event:

Decorex Joburg 2017

 

Date:

09 August 2017 to 13 August 2017

 

Event location:

Gallagher Convention Centre

 

Event Description:

A vibrant selection of inspired trends will be showcased at Africa’s premier décor, design and lifestyle exhibition, Decorex Joburg 2017 co-sponsored by Plascon and Caesarstone.

 

Contact Details:

Tel: +27(0)11 549 8300

E-mail: decorexinfo@ThebeReed.co.za

 

Event Website:

Decorex Joburg 2017

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About Lee Finch

I started my journey at Leads 2 Business in 2004 as an account executive. In 2006 I moved over to MAPRO (Marketing, Advertising and PRO), and in 2012 I became a Director. It’s exceptionally rewarding being a part of the Leads 2 Business team. I’m incredibly proud of the achievements and business ethos and I’ve always firmly believed we offer a valuable service, fine-tuned to our subscriber needs. I am a Mom of two beautiful children, a lover of human interaction, laughter and light, sprinkled with a generous dose of fun.

Industry Events: Leads 2 Business 12th Annual Construction-Industry golf day + MTE Events

1. Event:

Leads 2 Business 12th Annual Construction-Industry golf day

 

Date:

Friday, 14 July 2017 from 09:30

 

Event location:

Randpark Golf Club, Firethorn course

 

Event Description:

The Leads 2 Business 12th Annual Construction-Industry golf day is an opportunity to spend the day with construction industry peers at the Randpark Club and as always, our sponsors have wasted no efforts to ensure you have a great time. There will be competitions and giveaways, plus we’ll be hosting another Hole-in-one Competition. Get a hole-in-one and drive home in a brand new Audi Q2… yours to keep!

 

Please contact Lee Finch on Golf@L2B.co.za

 

 

2. Event:

MTE Eastern Mines Expo 2017

 

Date:

11 July 2017 from 12:00 – 16:30

 

Event location:

Thorncliffe Guest Farm, Steelpoort

 

Event Description:

Exhibitors we would like to see include suppliers of LED lighting, barricades, roof bolting, fire prevention and suppression, conveyor suppliers, belting, rock drilling, machines to clean under belts, explosives, piping, scaffolding, floatation, tooling and instrumentation.

 

Contact Person:

Andrew Macnamara

E-mail: andrew@interactmedia.co.za

Tel: +27(0)82 720 0083

 

Event Website:

MTE Eastern Mines Expo 2017

 

 

3. Event:

MTE Steelpoort Golf Day 2017

 

Date:

12 July 2017 from 09:00 – 18:00

 

Event location:

Tubatse Golf Club

 

Event Description:

MTE’s golf days have always been a welcome breather between shows for the exhibitors, and MTE has had nothing but positive feedback. It is an opportunity for networking, while enjoying a day out on the golf course, under the great, big African sky.

 

Contact Person:

Andrew Macnamara

E-mail: andrew@interactmedia.co.za

Tel: +27(0)82 720 0083

 

 

Event Website:

MTE Steelpoort Golf Day 2017

 

 

4. Event:

MTE Steelpoort Expo 2017

 

Date:

13 July 2017 from 13:00 – 17:00

 

Event location:

Winterveld Recreation Club

 

Event Description:

Exhibitors we would like to see include those involved in rock drilling, support systems, drilling solutions (hydro power, hydraulic hoses, automation, pumps, conveyors, lamp batteries, environmental spillages) cleaning, fire suppression, dust suppressions, HDPE piping, testing equipment, rescue packs and conveyor installations.

 

Contact Person:

Andrew Macnamara

E-mail: andrew@interactmedia.co.za

Tel: +27(0)82 720 0083

 

 

Event Website:

MTE Steelpoort Expo 2017

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About Lee Finch

I started my journey at Leads 2 Business in 2004 as an account executive. In 2006 I moved over to MAPRO (Marketing, Advertising and PRO), and in 2012 I became a Director. It’s exceptionally rewarding being a part of the Leads 2 Business team. I’m incredibly proud of the achievements and business ethos and I’ve always firmly believed we offer a valuable service, fine-tuned to our subscriber needs. I am a Mom of two beautiful children, a lover of human interaction, laughter and light, sprinkled with a generous dose of fun.

Industry Events: Leads 2 Business 12th Annual Construction-Industry golf day

Event:

Leads 2 Business 12th Annual Construction-Industry golf day

 

Date:

Friday, 14 July 2017 from 09:30

 

Event location:

Randpark Golf Club, Firethorn course

 

Event Description:

The Leads 2 Business 12th Annual Construction-Industry golf day is an opportunity to spend the day with construction industry peers at the Randpark Club and as always, our sponsors have wasted no efforts to ensure you have a great time. There will be competitions and giveaways, plus we’ll be hosting another Hole-in-one Competition. Get a hole-in-one and drive home in a brand new Audi Q2… yours to keep!

 

Please contact Lee Finch on Golf@L2B.co.za

Please follow and like us:

About Lee Finch

I started my journey at Leads 2 Business in 2004 as an account executive. In 2006 I moved over to MAPRO (Marketing, Advertising and PRO), and in 2012 I became a Director. It’s exceptionally rewarding being a part of the Leads 2 Business team. I’m incredibly proud of the achievements and business ethos and I’ve always firmly believed we offer a valuable service, fine-tuned to our subscriber needs. I am a Mom of two beautiful children, a lover of human interaction, laughter and light, sprinkled with a generous dose of fun.

Did You Know #DYK: Market Intelligence

Market Intelligence

Using Intelligence in your business approach.

 

Businesses often make the mistake of surveying their marketing landscape and assuming what works now will work in 5 years’ time. Economic fluctuations continuously occur and these will affect spending. An economic downturn means fewer opportunities with the same number of competitors.

 

Gaining competitive advantage means having clear objectives:

Streamline your approach; know your industry, know your competitors, have solid knowledge of your company’s strengths and points of differentiation.

Be flexible; regularly assess industry movements, use available information and align your strategies to fit current trends.

Plan ahead; determine which areas to focus on and ensure you are prepared to respond to the inevitable challenges.

 

Tracking trends and fluctuations give you a steady overview of your corporate landscape, utilise the data to allocate necessary time and resources to the areas that will grow your business.

 

Using our construction leads platform, we’ve given a breakdown of tenders for each of South Africa’s provinces, including the most populated tender types:

 

If you are interested in becoming one of our subscribers, please visit our website.
To view notes with screenshots on how to use our website, please visit our Wiki site.
To view more articles, please visit our blog.

Please follow and like us:

About Lee Finch

I started my journey at Leads 2 Business in 2004 as an account executive. In 2006 I moved over to MAPRO (Marketing, Advertising and PRO), and in 2012 I became a Director. It’s exceptionally rewarding being a part of the Leads 2 Business team. I’m incredibly proud of the achievements and business ethos and I’ve always firmly believed we offer a valuable service, fine-tuned to our subscriber needs. I am a Mom of two beautiful children, a lover of human interaction, laughter and light, sprinkled with a generous dose of fun.

Heart of a Ranger

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Heart of a Ranger

Leads 2 Business : Rhino love

With indemnity documents signed (and this never far from my mind), we set out on foot, into the bush of the Timbavati. Our intention to find and film the rhino in their natural habitat and to capture and experience first-hand, the day in a life of an anti-poaching unit, game ranger.

 

The two rangers, Anton and Orlat moved like ghosts through the undergrowth, treading as lightly as my frame would allow, I was as noisy as a bull elephant crashing through the undergrowth. The reserve is not a quiet place, it reverberates with the sound of life, burring insects, chattering birds and animal calls, my crashing about was spectacularly loud.

 

The air and heat are oppressive, as I crossed the dry river bed and clambered up the embankment through the thick brush up to the other side; I emptily promised myself I’d work on my fitness.

 

Our first rhino sighting was both magnificent and terrifying, you’d think for such a massive creature it would lumber along, not so! We stepped into a clearing and there was the rhino, a young male just a few meters away – the rangers indicated we must stand still and be quiet… the rhino was prancing about, clearly agitated, he had either heard or smelt us and was trying to locate us, they have dreadful eyesight but a keen sense of smell and excellent hearing. Never have I seen such a nimble, agile creature for all that bulk and I nervously thought that if he did figure out where we were and charge, the chances of getting away unscathed were horribly, horribly slim, he was unbelievably quick on its feet. Eventually he turned tail and bolted off into the thicket, much to my relief.

 

We continued and after what felt like several (thousand) kilometres, we came across a particularly thick bit of brush, Anton pointed to it, indicating that it was their camp; I peered into the dense undergrowth and… saw nothing. I thought they were having me on until he stepped forward and moved some of the brush aside – wow, talk about camouflage (or the untrained eye) but I could not believe that there was their camp!

 

For the rangers, remaining concealed is imperative, a poacher is familiar with the bush – he’s acclimatised and acutely aware of his surroundings… the rangers need adapt accordingly. Their shift lasts for two weeks at a time, no light, cell phone, radio, talking in muted tones, one meal a day, prepared only when the thermals are right so the scent of food won’t carry and trekking through hundreds of kilometres of bush with no sustenance other than a litre of water carried on their backs, even this, Orlat explained to me, needs to be used sparingly in case they get on the trail of a poacher, which may result in days of tracking, there’s no getting back to base camp for water, they must make do.

 

 

They take turns sleeping, listening for anything untoward or worse, for the dreaded sound of gunshots. Here too, they are at a distinct disadvantage, they must abide by the gun laws of this country, but for a poacher no gun law applies. The rangers need be sharp and sure-footed, or it literally will be the death of them.

In an effort to truly experience what dedication this calling takes, we decided (against all sanity) to embark on a night walk through the bush… If I thought the rangers were ghosts before, they now simply vanished into the darkness! Crashing about in the pitch black, we now sounded like a very large herd of panicked buffalo… easy pickings for anything lurking in the dark! There was no moon and for what seemed like hours of blind torture, tripping and stumbling over whatever lay in my path, my eyes began to adjust (my feet I feared, never would)… I could begin make out the shapes of the brush, eventually even the individual twigs on the branches. When I looked up into the night sky, all thoughts of my bashed ankles, stubbed feet and scratched arms dissipated, ah the wonder that met my eyes – I have never seen so many stars so clearly in the sky, what a breathtakingly beautiful sight!

 

Even in that brief time that I had to experience how the rangers live, I was astounded at my own adaptability, how my sixth sense kicked in, my sense of smell sharpened and how I could feel rather than hear the thuds made by the elephant.

 

It felt good to be alive out there, I’d sign 100 indemnity forms for the chance to experience that again, but for the anti-poaching rangers of the Timbavati Nature Reserve, this is it – this is real life they are the ones who have answered their calling and put their lives on the line daily, these are the true heroes and I hope their story carries across for the world to see.

 

 

 

 

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About Lee Finch

I started my journey at Leads 2 Business in 2004 as an account executive. In 2006 I moved over to MAPRO (Marketing, Advertising and PRO), and in 2012 I became a Director. It’s exceptionally rewarding being a part of the Leads 2 Business team. I’m incredibly proud of the achievements and business ethos and I’ve always firmly believed we offer a valuable service, fine-tuned to our subscriber needs. I am a Mom of two beautiful children, a lover of human interaction, laughter and light, sprinkled with a generous dose of fun.

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