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|&Beyonders gathered earlier this week at Bateleur House for the highly anticipated 2013 &Beyond Bateleur Awards ceremony. Heartfelt speeches were given for each of the six incredibly talented, selfless, hard-working and well-deserving regional winners from South Africa all the way to Kenya. Some highlights are included below, which really is just a snapshot of all the many reasons why each winner earned the prestigious title for their region. As custodians of the &Beyond culture, these six people truly embody what it is to be an &Beyonder. With input and much debate from the Directors and HR team, Joss had the extremely difficult task of selecting our overall winner for the year. Read on to see who won!|
Kareti grew up as a Maasai herds boy in a family that did not know the value of education. He never went to school, nor did he even know about it. He looked after his father’s cattle until he graduated into a Maasai moran (young Maasai warrior). In 2005 he joined &Beyond as a security guard. Kareti is always willing to learn new things about his job and asks as many questions as possible. He is a no-nonsense man when it comes to all security matters, earning himself the nickname “Shetani”, meaning he moves unnoticed like Satan while on his patrol duties. Kareti is soft spoken but tough. He will address anybody with the respect he or she deserves, however security matters will never be compromised. He consults widely on issues touching his duties and he will always seek advice from his superiors so as not to mess up. He does not believe illiteracy makes him less equal than his fellow staff members. He is hard-working, cooperative and security-minded by nature.
|OKETSANG ‘DIBOYS’ BAPHARE
SANDIBE OKAVANGO SAFARI LODGE
Diboys joined &Beyond in 2008 as a casual worker and took on a permanent maintenance position in 2012. Every single employee at Sandibe voted for him; it was unanimous. You don’t need to spend much time with Diboys to understand and appreciate the calibre of person he is. He is one of those people who take pleasure in resolving problems and turning challenges into opportunities for both personal and organisational success. Whenever his team is in a bind, Diboys will always step in to help. He often stands in as a tracker and security guard and he also volunteered to do a nine-hour drive to take his colleagues to the doctor. The secret to Diboys’ success and why he deserves recognition is: he is humble and respectful of management and his co-workers alike; he maintains the same trend in terms of his performance; he encourages every department to work smoothly together; and he believes that teamwork is key to any challenge, no matter how daunting it may seem.
|ELISMA DU TOIT
GROUP FINANCE MANAGER
Elisma’s portfolio and deliverables include timely and accurate monthly and annual financial reporting across the group, a position that requires full focus and long hours. Through Elisma’s exceptional dedication, self-sacrifice and leadership over three years, the finance team was able to overcome many challenges and put &Beyond in a position of strength with regards to the quality and timeliness of our financial reporting. Not only that but the financial statements were signed off and issued a mere 90 days after year-end and the slight adjustments on the profit and loss statement were so minimal, any CEO or Director would be proud. It was Elisma’s unwavering commitment, selflessness and leadership that helped make it happen. Her dedication will continue to have a material impact on the ability of the group to confidently report its numbers and engage with stakeholders and directly impacts &Beyond’s ability to continue to care for the land, wildlife and people.
PHINDA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE
Sipho joined Phinda’s Conservation/Habitat team in 2008. His daily task of locating, observing and analysing the behaviour of black rhino was honed from many years of game guard duty with Nyathi APU (Phinda’s contracted security provider) prior to joining &Beyond. With a keen eye and desire to protect rhino, Sipho developed a love for ‘his’ black rhino. Each day is spent on foot in thick bush; it is a very dangerous job that he does with dedication and love. He knows the animals so well that he can even predict when they will give birth despite the fact that there are no visible signs. Sipho has saved the company thousands of rands worth of helicopter hours by locating specific rhinos for notchings and translocations. Although Sipho will soon move over to Phinda Forest Lodge to become a tracker, he has served the Conservation team with dedication, loyalty, devotion and trust. He represents all we ask of our employees and he literally lives, breathes and sleeps his work and our company values. Sipho always goes the extra mile, not when asked, but every day.
Mavis has steadily and determinedly worked her way up the ranks at Kirkman’s Kamp, from nanny to reception to camp manager to finance controller. This steady career growth is testament to her diligence, dedication and ongoing desire to better herself. She personally took the time to learn, put in a tremendous amount of extra effort and never let anything get her down in her quest to improve her skills. Mavis is the heartbeat of Kirkman’s Kamp. If you ever need anything done, Mavis is the person to speak to. She is never too busy for anyone and she has also played a key role in the lodge’s Positive Health programme. Selfless, hard-working and always smiling, she truly embodies the &Beyond culture and should be the epitome of what every &Beyonder strives to be. A role model to her children, friends and colleagues, Mavis continues to be a beacon of hope to everyone around her.
|AND OUR 2013 WINNER IS…|
Bakari joined &Beyond in 2012 as a storeman. In the relatively short time he has been with &Beyond, he has proven himself to be an incredibly passionate and enthusiastic individual, who encompasses many of &Beyond’s core values. In addition to his day-to-day role, Bakari has taken on many other responsibilities and has made a huge difference to his team and the surrounding communities.Bakari is a passionate conservationist and was instrumental in setting up the &Beyond Mnemba Island Conservation Committee in 2013. He was also a leader in terms of helping to develop a strategy to combat island erosion. He then inspired his co-workers to implement that strategy by working in their spare time to build a barrier, using driftwood and sand bags. In addition to combatting erosion, Bakari and the conservation committee have met with local village leaders to discuss the issues of illegal fishing and damage to the reef. These meetings were instrumental in establishing the ongoing relationship of trust between Mnemba Island and the local communities. In his spare time, Bakari is the director of an NGO that supports community and conservation projects in Zanzibar (MCAEE: Matemwe Control for HIV/AIDS, Education and Environment).Bakari sums up the values of &Beyond in the way he conducts and applies himself every day. Not only is he willing to go the extra mile and delight our guests by taking on new opportunities for himself, he also lives the ‘3C’s’ through his community development and conservation work, not only at work but in his own time in his village of Matemwe.CONGRATULATIONS Bakari! You truly embody the &Beyond spirit. You live our company ethos of Care of the Land, Care of the Wildlife, Care of the People every single day and we are so proud of your many outstanding achievements.