General Motors South Africa
8 July 2004
Re: GO BIG ISUZU LAUNCH
Up front let me revert to a still famous quote
"Who dares, Wins."
Well we dared and we might have had an element of
luck with the weather, but we certainly did win.
The project was ambitious, but with the support,
understanding and absolute professionalism from your team, we
created an event that will long be remembered by all our customer
groups, as the Biggest and Best ever.
The new Isuzu KB got the best send off we could
have hoped for. Words do not correctly describe the experience all
our customers enjoyed. You and your team touched their hearts in
Please pass on to your team, GMSA's thanks and
appreciation for their sterling efforts.
A fantastic event, well planned and expertly
executed under very difficult conditions.
It will be a pleasure to do business with your
organisation again some time in the future.
DIRECTOR: SALES AND MARKETING
From Shongweni Resources Reserve
Re: Indaba 2000
Just a brief note to thank and congratulate your
team on hosting a very professional and amazing Safari at
Shongweni Reserve during Indaba 2002. Not only were the staff here
impressed with the quality and luxury of the camp but also the
feedback we got from the guests echoed these sentiments.
We conducted an impact survey in the area after
you had left and as you had predicted we found nothing to fault
except for 2 cigarette butts. Considering we had two hundred and
twenty people through the camp over the 3 days I think this is
testament to your policy of leaving the reserve as you found it.
We also found that the game that had moved out of the area
returned within a day or two so even the amount of extra traffic
had little effect in the Reserve.
I look forward to meeting you and Peter again and
we would be happy to host you and your team on any future
Hayward's Safaris you would like to hold at Shongweni. The
exposure and awareness to our Reserve has been greatly
SHONGWENI ECO TOURISM
From North West Parks & Tourism Board
18 February 2003
REFERENCE LETTER - HAYWARDS SAFARIS CAMPS
This letter serves to confirm that Haywards
Safaris have operated in Pilanesberg National Park on two separate
occasions in the past year.
On both occasions, we found the company absolutely
professional and have enjoyed an excellent relationship with
personnel involved in the site evaluation, camp construction,
delivery and service supply. They proved to be eager to embrace
the Pilanesberg Tourism and Management objectives and worked
comfortably within the parameters set to them. The company was
able to efficiently key in to existing concessionaire activities
and as such enjoyed support from all quarters.
Their attention to detail and painstaking efforts
to ensure that their activities did not disturb the environment is
commendable. Both locations were left as they were found with
flattened grass the only evidence that there had been a camp on
This product has allowed Pilanesberg to generate
additional income through opportunistically utilising areas which
are not suitable for long term or high impact development.
We look forward to many more Haywards Safaris in
Pilanesberg and have no hesitation in recommending their product
to other conservation agencies and protected areas.
Gus van Dyk
Tourism Manager - Pilanesberg
From Riverside Farm
27 March 2002
RE: USE OF KARINO FARM'S GAME CAMP
I wish to record my appreciation for the manner in
which your team operated with regards to the environmental
sensitivities while visiting our game camp.
It really was a pleasure and a privilege to have
You and your team left proof that the environment
is also your concern. All your actions and activities respected
nature and all its concerns which proves that you are dedicated to
conserving the environment.
After you and your team left, it was as if nobody
had been there. There was no impact on the environment at
I look forward to work with you and your company
again. I would not hesitate to recommend your operation to other
DEON DE KOCK
GAME CAMP MANAGER
From South African National Parks
8 July 2002
RE: USE OF THE WEST COAST NATIONAL PARK
Hayward's Luxury Mobile Safaris set up tented
camps and utilised the West Coast National Park during March 2001.
Being a national park, the area is subject to controls regarding
entrance, activities and developments.
From before and during the activity Hayward's
communicated their intentions very well and conformed to all
agreements and rules as set out by the park. Their appreciation
for nature and general co-operation was outstanding. After the
camp had been completed the area had been cleaned exceptionally
well and no impact to date is visible on the site used.
I therefore have no hesitation in recommending
Hayward's to all other conservation agencies.
WEST COAST NATIONAL PARK
From St. Lucia Leisure cc
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
This letter serves to confirm that Shaka Barker
Tours/St Lucia Leisure has been associated with Hayward's Luxury
Safari Events and Expeditions since May 2000.
During the period of our association we have
provided group tours and game drives as well as entertainment
services to Hayward's on numerous occasions when they have brought
big group safaris into the St Lucia Wetlands Reserve.
As a concessionary in the Wetlands Park, it has
been in my interests to protect the sanctity of this World
Heritage Site and as such I have inspected the operations of
Hayward's on every occasion that they have conducted safaris into
They have clearly shown their commitment to
protecting the environment, conservation and employment for the
local community. In my opinion they operate in a truly
professional manner. I have had occasion to visit the sites they
utilise within the Wetlands Reserve both prior to their arrival
and after their departure and the impact on the ground is minimal.
KIAN BARKER, Bsc, Hons.
From Ministry of Environment and Tourism,
Directorate Parks and Wildlife Management, Namibia
6 August 2004
RE: INSPECTION OF LOCATIONS UTILIZED IN THE
On the 27th of July 2004 our office conducted an
audit of your clean-up operation after your substantial presence
and launch for GM South Africa in the Khan River and environs. Two
independent observers accompanied us.
We examined the site of the launch, the area where
your staff was accommodated, the access routes and the area around
the Khan mine where some vehicle testing was done.
Our office is pleased to announce that we are very
satisfied with the state in which you left the areas you utilized.
Had I not known exactly where you had your camps in the Khan River
I would not have known where to look for the impacts. Considering
the magnitude of your operation we can only commend you on the
attention to detail you and your staff must have invested in
returning the site to its natural "pristine" condition.
We would have no hesitation in recommending you
for further "events" in our area. We also appreciate
your efforts in improving the aesthetic condition of the deserted
buildings at the historic Khan mine site.
We are trying to promote the sustainable use of
our desert areas in a desperate attempt to control the increasing
mining activity. In establishing that your type of land-use brings
in financial benefits without compromising the environment for
other forms of land-use, and contributes to the well being of the
local coastal community, we have come a long way to proving our
case with our mining critics and the government of Namibia.
From Ecoguide cc
30 July 2004
INSPECTION OF THE SITES USED BY YOU
On 27 July 2004 I visited the sites that you
occupied during the General Motors Launch of their Isuzu products
in June. Mr. Rod Braby, Chief Warden of the Ministry of
Environment and Tourism accompanied me.
He and I examined the site where your staff was
accommodated, the site where the main events took place and where
the guests were accommodated. We also checked the entry and exit
points to these sites in the Kahn River of the Namib Desert.
In my opinion, the traces left by you and your
staff are of no consequence to the natural environment. The strong
desert winds, which are typical during this time of year, have
scoured and covered virtually all vehicle tracks in the area.
Moreover, if I had not witnessed in detail the magnitude of your
operation in the Kahn River, I would pass by these sites without
knowing that such an event took place. Furthermore, a future flood
in this river, which is bound to occur sooner or later, will
totally remove any evidence of your temporary presence.
I can add that I was impressed by the
improvements, which you brought about to the old Kahn copper mine
en route to your sites. The large-scale removal of recent litter
and the painting over of graffiti created by vandals on the walls
of the old buildings have been skillfully undertaken by your team.
I regard this as an indication of your concern for the aesthetic
environment, which pervades this area.
Additionally, the sheer scale of your operation resulted in
significant financial benefit to a wide spectrum of the local
economy, ranging from sub-contractors to temporary employment of
Allow me to express my satisfaction with the
manner in which you conducted the entire operation. Your
sensitivity towards the natural beauty of the desert and your
ability to remove virtually all traces of human occupation are
Dr. H.H. Berry, B.Sc. (Hons.), M.Sc.,
Retired Chief Conservation Scientist Namibian Academy of Tourism
(Certified Specialist Tour Guide)
From Gametrackers Bop (Pty) Ltd
26th March 2002
RE: HAYWARD'S LUXURY MOBILE SAFARI CAMPS
This serves to certify that we, in the past, have
authorised Peter Hayward from Hayward's Luxury Mobile Safari Camps,
to erect his camp in Letsatsing Game Park. Letsatsing is situated
adjacent to the Pilanesberg National Park and the Sun City Resort.
Hayward's Luxury Mobile Safari Camps have
consistently conducted themselves in a truly professional manner and
are extremely sensitive to the eco-system. Their products have
always been located in areas where minimal impact to the natural
environment is experienced; on the dismantling of their product, a
concerted effort is made by the Hayward team to ensure that the area
is reclaimed to its natural state.
We sincerely believe that Hayward's Luxury Mobile
Safari Camps are eco-conscious and would therefore have no
hesitation in utilising their products in the future and further
recommending their product and services to any interested parties.
Should you require any further details, please do
not hesitate to contact me accordingly.
Mr. J. Turnbull-Kemp
From Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife
5 March 2002
RE: USE OF THE GREATER ST. LUCIA WETLAND PARK
I wish to record my appreciation for the manner in
which your team operate with regards to the environmental
sensitivities while visiting our park. As you know the Greater St.
Lucia Wetland Park was declared a World Heritage Site in December
1999. Because of this the area which you use is subject to stringent
environmental controls regarding any activities or developments that
take place in the area.
You and your team have proved during your visits
that you are fully appreciative of the the environmental
constraints. Your efforts and co-operation in this regard is
outstanding and as the Park Manager I would like to commend you on
Your last visit where you brought in a large number
of guests is once again proof of your environmental sensitivity and
dedication. During the post camp inspection it was clear that no
impact had taken place and I feel that your environmental controls
are more than adequate.
I look forward to working with you and your company
again and would not hesitate to recommend your operation to other
Officer in Charge Eastern Shores St. Lucia
What a tantalising prospect!