Although the farm is open, certain roads will continue to remain closed and will be for some time to come. The field staff will continue to repair fences, and are unavailable to undertake road repairs at this stage. Please be aware of the following concerning the roads:
Progress report: On the 8'th February 2012 work began on the opening up of Roller-coaster dip and Steve’s pan crossing (contingent on water levels). The finishing touches are to be completed at Henshaws Dam.
Thank You: The Board, Glen and his team thank you one and all for your understanding and patience. Your ongoing support is deeply appreciated. Glen and his team have made tremendous progress and we congratulate and thank them sincerely for all their hard work.
Below is an extract from Glen’s latest farm update:
“I am pleased that early progress has been made thanks to the generous donation made by Gerrie, Johan and Charl Griffioen, having sent up an articulated loader to undertake some of the larger repair work. (We are extremely grateful to the Griffioen family for the use of the articulated loader.) The 14 ton machine works at an unbelievable rate and in only two days has removed a large part of Demoina dam wall and stock piled it for later use. A ramp out each end for the tipper truck to gain access for loading has been constructed. The loader has also completely filled and compacted the breach in Henshaws dam wall. We will still use our smaller (more delicate) equipment to smoothen out the edges and to do the final surface preparation. Between the tipper truck, the loader and the tractors, I imagine that we should be able to continue making good progress.”
Tipper truck: A tipper truck has been purchased to facilitate the required repairs to the farm. The limited earth moving equipment normally available for hire in Hoedspruit is unavailable and will remain so for some time. The intention is to resell the tipper truck on completion of the repairs. Thanks to Mike Griessel for arranging for the purchase and transportation of the truck to the farm.
Demoina dam: Demoina dam is so named after Cyclone Demoina which hit the area in 1984. In 1996, a decision was made to reconstruct the dam wall, as we knew it until recently. Expectations that the dam would fill and hold water have never been fulfilled. Consequently,” it has been decided to build a weir across the drainage line which would effectively hold the same amount of water as the “dam” normally does and turn it into a bird hide.” The available sand material will be used to facilitate repairs to other areas of the farm.
“The field squad are still frantically trying to replace lost fences and will be for a while still. Once completed, we will begin with road repairs. In the mean-time, the loader will begin preparing the banks at the new Mohlabetsi crossing. The loader will then spend time on Inkonkoni doing repairs to dams, roads and river crossings. Once back on Jejane, the loader be used together with the tipper truck to transport sand, and to clear river crossings, etc.”
Mohlabetsi crossing to Nyala and Nkonkoni: “Concerns have been raised that the original crossing will continuously be washed away if a road through the river bed is simply graded. The crossing lies on a dolerite dyke, which tends to dam the water up on the Jejane side (which only has a sand base). A concrete base needs to be laid down which could then be gravel packed. In the mean-time and with the help of two of Nyala’s staff members, we have managed to access the eastern side of the Mohlabetsi by rock packing and then gravel capping the existing Nyala crossing. Hopefully we can continue to use this crossing until such time as an effective crossing at the chosen site between Jejane and Inkonkoni has been constructed.”