Berg Alert 2024

24 Jun 2024 08:13 #79120 by China
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I have emailed Estcourt police station to enquire if we can open a case assault by deposing an affidavit and emailing a copy to them.  We are residing in the North West Province and are not willing to travel back to KZN for a case to be opened  that has next to zero chance of ever being investigated.  Not surprisingly, I have not received any response from Estcourt Police. Our aim was just to report the incident to the park officials and VE to ensure that people are informed of the situation and take the necessary precautions to protect themselves. The Park Manager is however of the opinion that it will do good to open a case. 

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24 Jun 2024 08:29 #79121 by China
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Thank you Tiska,


I must say that I am relieved that I was in the position to act, and that I was armed with descent aluminum trekking poles! There are similarities between the two incidents and the overwhelming message I get comparing the two is not that the herders are motivated by resources but rather that this these two attacks have something to do with power / ego / control.
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08 Jul 2024 11:22 #79132 by tiska
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Thank you Tiska,


I must say that I am relieved that I was in the position to act, and that I was armed with descent aluminum trekking poles! There are similarities between the two incidents and the overwhelming message I get comparing the two is not that the herders are motivated by resources but rather that this these two attacks have something to do with power / ego / control.

Interesting assessment China. I wonder then what the best strategy is to deal with the power/ego/control element.

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11 Jul 2024 15:47 #79140 by China
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It's difficult to say Tiska , the only thing for sure is the herder  that attacked us , decided very early on in the encounter that he was going to inflict injury, he had many opportunities to leave us , especially after I gave him my hiking glasses but he chose  to stay with us until we started descending the pass.  He planned it this way because I am sure all of us know that you are not really able to run when descending a pass and you don't have allot of cover. 

I suggest being aware of your surroundings and make sure you are not being followed before descending passes. 
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12 Jul 2024 13:41 - 12 Jul 2024 13:43 #79141 by DeonS
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I have noticed a bit more of animosity especially on my recent escarpment trips as well as on my Facebook posts, to the point that I had to block certain people. Every one tells me that its normal to be attacked on FB, but I doubt it - it got very personal to the point of an almost open attach on me being in "Lesotho". Yes it was only on FB but seeing the more aggressive attitude towards hikers - I begin to believe it's something deeper. I personally had some encounters with herders - the normal asking for sweets, food, whiskey and even money - not giving them any thing the younger ones got a bit pushy but not violent and would push off. We also made camp way off from where we had the encounter.

After investigating my "stalkers" on FB, I came to the conclusion that there might be some elements that are deliberately causing animosity between the hikers and herders - maybe a bit political, as the feeling I got, its to do with money. Unfortunately tourists and hikers are seen easy targets - gear are seen as valuable and can be used by themselves or what they don't want sold off for a pittance. I have personally seen a herder walking around with a purple North Face jacket that I doubt was willingly given to him.

As a guide I need to always have my guests safety and wellbeing as top priority. The main concern is that when you ask the camp staff about safety in the area they always say no issues and its safe. Bigger groups is maybe one solution but not always an option. Caring a fire arm - not my first choice for safety. I think that the powers that be, need to improve the safety in the park.
I remember in the mis 1980's when I started to hike, we had armed rangers patrolling the top of the Amphitheatre over long weekends and holidays. So crime is not a new thing - it seems to just get a lot more violent with violent attacks at night seemingly on the rise.
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12 Jul 2024 15:59 #79142 by Edwin128
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I remember in the mis 1980's when I started to hike, we had armed rangers patrolling the top of the Amphitheatre over long weekends and holidays. So crime is not a new thing - it seems to just get a lot more violent with violent attacks at night seemingly on the rise.
 
I told the Ezembelo why don't you patrol in the park? They told me it is not responsability. So either, I do not  understand the duties of a park ranger, or they are just inefficient and lazy.
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