Exco lekgotla – watch this space!
The press club's executive committee recently held its annual lekgotla to plan the club's activities for the next year.
Generously hosted by South African National Parks (SANParks) at the Golden Gate Hotel in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park, the lekgotla was fruitful, with robust debate. Announcements about decisions taken at the lekgotla will be made in the New Year.
SANParks has hosted the club's lekgotla for a number of years and remains a partner who is crucial to the club's success. Once again, the Golden Gate National Park was a magnificent experience!
Nestled in the rolling foothills of the Maluti Mountains of the north eastern Free State, the Golden Gate Highlands National Park derives its name from the brilliant shades of gold cast by the sun on the park's sandstone cliffs, especially the imposing Brandwag rock, keeping vigil over the main rest camp.
This 11 600 hectares of unique environment is true highland habitat, providing home to a variety of mammals – black wildebeest, eland, blesbok, oribi, springbok and Burchell's zebra - and birds, including the rare bearded vulture (lammergeier) and the equally rare bald ibis, which breed on the ledges in the sandstone cliffs.
Ribbokkop, the highest point in the park, reveals a breathtaking tapestry of red, yellow and purple hues as its warm shades merge with the cool mountain shadows towards evening.
Areas of special interest include the Van Reenen family graveyard, the impressive Brandwag buttress rock formation, the vulture restaurant and Cathedral Cave, which can be seen on a guided walk.
Comments from press club exco members include:
"Great weekend, thank you everyone!" – Willem van de Putte
"Thanks everyone for an awesome weekend!" – Mosidi Mokgele
"Thanks everyone, particularly Rey for such an experience." – Frans Machate