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Goodbye and Hello

By 6 years ago
Categories Limpopo and KZN

There has been an air of mixed emotions at GVI Karongwe over recent weeks, with some staff members leaving and new members of the team joining. Firstly, a very sad goodbye to two long-term staff members, Helen Bastin (Base Manager) and Alex Morton (Research Assistant)…

Helen – We will miss your fantastic organisation skills and keeping us all in line, your initiative and strive for us to be the best we possibly can, your passion for the bush and love for rhinos.

Alex – The resident comedian. We thank you for your relaxed attitude and hilarious sense of humour. Braais wont be the same without your guitar playing.

We also had to say goodbye to the following people as their time with us came to an end:

Britt Riddell (Base intern) – your commitment to running community day and your attention to detail with handling the data will be missed greatly.

Laura Bull (Mountain intern) – our resident bushbaby… we will miss your fantastic attitude and your self-nomination for helping out with some of the dirtiest jobs!


Marla Anderson (Bushwise intern) – we will miss your sunny attitude and smiling face… even when stuck in the mud! We wish you all the luck in your new African adventures.

Naturally, as some staff leave, others join the team so we welcome Laura Darke (Bushwise intern) and Dawie Lombard (Research Assistant) to GVI Karongwe as well as our new 10 week interns, Kimberley Smith and Josie McSherry. Furthermore, congratulations go to Andreas Fox for being promoted to Base Manager. This new team along with the existing staff have big boots to fill!

Beth Silvester, Science Officer