Chief Executive of SANParks Dr David Mabunda, General Manager of Jock Safari Lodge Louis Strauss, First National Bank's Director of Business Development, Mr Kgosi Ledimo
At the prestigious Kudu Awards held in the Golden Gate National Park on Thursday evening, Jock Safari Lodge won the Kudu Awards for Corporate Contribution to Conservation - Business Partner of the year.
The Kudu Awards is an initiative that aims to reward stakeholders for their contributions and efforts in making South African National Parks the custodian of choice for protected areas.
The Kudu Awards is fundamental to the practice of recognising, acknowledging and praising the people who have, over the years, given financial and other resources to SANParks and other conservation agencies, while also recognising those people that have made it possible for conservation agencies to operate in a conducive and enabling environment.
This is an annual event that was launched in June 2005 by Dr. David Mabunda, Chief Executive, of SANParks, and is one of the highlights of the social calendar in conservation circles. It is regarded as the pinnacle of conservation awards in South Africa.
Mr. Louis Strauss, General Manager of Jock Safari Lodge, accepted the Award on behalf of Jock Safari Lodge.” It is a great honour for me to receive the award on behalf of the Company and to be recognised by SANParks for our conservation efforts and green management approach. What makes this award extra special is that we’ve received it consecutively for two years.
Since the Award was won in 2009 Jock’s Management embarked on various efforts to contribute even further to conservation, support to local communities and minimizing the carbon footprint. This included, been audit & accredited by the Green Leaf Environmental Standards, installing solar heating, setting up of a recycling project, using waste water effectively, sponsoring of equipment for a lion research project in the Kruger and scoring exceptionally high in their annual Kruger Park bi-annual environmental audit. As part of the support to the local communities, Jock sponsor prizes to local schools for fund raising, support local contractors and 95% of the Jock staff currently employed are from the local communities surrounding the Kruger National Park. Many of them hold Management positions at Jock after being uplifted internally through in-house training.
Jock Safari Lodge is part of the Shamwari Group. It operates in the heart of the Kruger National Park on a 6000 ha private concession. This area is generally regarded as one of the best game viewing areas in the Kruger National Park and one of the few places in Africa where one can still view the Big 5 as well as rare species like African Wild Dog, Cheetah and Black Rhino roaming free in an exceptionally natural well balanced eco-system.