Field Ranger Goes Missing in the Kruger National Park


PHALABORWA- South African National Parks (SANParks) said on Thursday that a field ranger gone missing while whilst on routine patrol along the Nsikazi River in the Stolsnek section, in the south of the Kruger National Park during the early evening of Tuesday, 17 November 2020. Checkers Mashego was reported missing by his colleagues after failing to arrive at their agreed rendezvous point.

The Section Ranger Stolsnek and his ranger corps initiated a thorough search through the night and intensified at first light on to the morning of 18 November with the support of a SANParks helicopter, K9, and extra Rangers. At the time of this release, the Field Ranger is sadly still missing. He was in his full Ranger uniform and had his rifle, cell phone, and radio at the time.

“SANParks officials have notified his family and are currently in contact with them to provide any further support required. The incident was reported to the SAPS who have registered a missing person’s enquiry at the Skukuza Police Station; said the KNP Managing Executive, Gareth Coleman.

SANParks will continue with their efforts and leave no stone unturned in the search for the Field Ranger.

Should anyone be able to provide any information relating to the whereabouts of the missing Field Ranger, Checkers, they can contact either their nearest Police Station, Skukuza Police Station, or SANParks MAJOC Emergency Call Centre numbers 013 735 0197/076 801 9679.

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