Below is an overview of our stakeholders, including the impact, nature of engagement, and their key expectations.
Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA)
The DEA is the government department charged with the management of our national parks and the protection of their fauna and flora. SANParks is a structure of the DEA and we are bound by their policies and procedures with regards to all engagement taking place through SANParks. The DEA has given SANParks Honorary Rangers the mandate to continue supporting and raising funds for SANParks.
SANParks manages a system of national parks that represents the indigenous fauna, flora, landscapes and associated cultural heritage of the country. The majority of the national parks have overnight tourist facilities with an unrivalled variety of accommodation in arid, coastal, mountain and savannah habitats.
We operate in accordance with a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with SANParks that specifies our right to use the SANParks brand and logo, access to national parks, key activities and the process by which the MOU is managed and monitored.
The key expectations of SANParks Honorary Rangers:
- Increased financial and in-kind support to SANParks
- Adherence to SANParks and SANParks Honorary Rangers policies and standards
- The highest level of integrity, good governance and a clean audit
- Strict control over – and accountability for – donor funds
- Management of all park-related activities and duties through the wish list system
- Transformation of SANParks Honorary Rangers to be more representative in its volunteers, patrons and leadership, as well as its procurement policies and skills development.
Our 1900-plus members engage with each other primarily through regional and national project meetings, held regularly, either monthly or quarterly. Regional and national project chairpersons meet with the NEC on a regular basis on matters to be communicated to members. Cluster meetings are held where members are invited to participate in discussions and decision-making. Our annual Indaba and AGM also provide an opportunity for members from all regions to engage and share knowledge.
A key focus area of the NEC and the RMCs is the recruitment and development of new members to more accurately reflect the demographic of South Africa.