5 June 2017
Frank Mabasa an Attendant at Pafuri Picnic Site in the Kruger National Park (KNP) passed away last month at the age of 49. Mabasa was affectionately known as the “Bird Guide” due to his knowledge of the birds in the area and for the great service guests received from him at the picnic site.
“In his 29 years of service in the organisation, Frank ranked as one of the most dedicated and conscientious staff members in the history of the KNP,” said Glenn Phillips, Managing Executive, KNP. “An amazing human being and a legend in his own right, we have not just lost a hard working attendant at the picnic site but an expert who; regardless of his educational background stepped out of his comfort zone to study what he loved – His birds…….we will dearly miss him.”
Mabasa joined SANParks in 1988 as Hut Attendant in Skukuza Rest Camp. After eight years, he moved on to become Petrol Attendant for two years and later transferred back to the Hut Attendant position at the same camp. In 2000, Frank moved to Pafuri Picnic Spot as Picnic Spot Attendant and worked there until he passed away.
A memorial service in Frank’s honour was held on April 27 and he was laid to rest on April 29 at Matiyani, a village outside Punda Maria Gate.