Posts Tagged ‘Palala Rhino Sanctuary’

The Chronicles of the Mexican Horse Thief Series

November 8, 2017

 

Chronicles I

A short, rather amusing tale about the start of the world’s very first Private Military Company, Executive Outcomes. Told from an insider’s point of view. The country, Angola at the height of its three-decade long state of war.

 

Chronicles II

A story about falling into an abyss, and what it took to climb out that deep pit. It is story of hope, for the seemingly hopeless and more importantly, of how to break the chains that hold you. The chains come in many forms, the thickest being the one called addiction. Drugs and alcohol are the most obvious forms of addiction but addiction comes in many, many forms, and everyone has at least one.

 

Chronicles III

Falling back into the abyss, and finding a whole lot of new deeper black holes, not the least ugly and deceiving were the ones that had the label, “Christian” on them. Surviving those, only to be thrown in another snake pit that goes by the names of phycology. Becoming a Gypsy and beginning of the Gypsy lifestyle. Traveling from Johannesburg to the Cape, narrowly avoiding falling into yet another pit, the Cape Flats gangs after befriending one in the Government Rehabilitation center.

 

The Palala Mission

A true story about the frustrations, the lies and the corruption that surrounds the Rhino Anti-Poaching business. Written before the real crisis began, South Africa was losing only just over a 100 rhino a year at that stage. You will get some insights of why the poachers have been so successful over the years and why they can kill more than a thousand a year now. It is not a happy story, certain people in this tale are now infamous and had charges brought against them; for others, it is just business as usual.

 

Purchase a copy of The Chronicles of the Mexican Horse Thief Series:

Email wvbisset@gmail.com which copies you would like to purchase and we will send you an invoice and banking details. As soon as the bank reflects your payment we will sent the copies via your email. Price: R50. 00 each

Rhino Wars – Leopards and Spiders

November 14, 2016

 

 

 

There was a huge old leopard at Palala Rhino Sanctuary; one of the younger rhino bore the scars from an attack when he was a baby. His one ear was torn in two, long ways and drooped, I had never heard of a leopard going for a rhino snack before! I found the leopard’s prints, all around my hut quite often so my drill for going to the toilet at night was as follows:

Open door, check the step for snakes, as there were many night adders about. Use torch to look for shinning green eyes, recheck the ground and then proceed to the open air bathroom. Check for any signs of life, when finish, repeat the process and try get back to my hut undamaged……….

Read more: HOME PAGE

 

Nosce te ipsum

View the Mexican Horse Thief’s Page

Short Story

THE MEXICAN HORSE THIEF I – ANGOLA

 

 

 

 

Rhino Wars- Helicopter Drills

October 6, 2016

Palala

 In another lifetime, many years ago…. this was my very first Rhino Anti Poaching Mission. Believe me, it never improved over the next six years or so.

“Today, beyond a shadow of a doubt, this woman proved, to me at least, who she really is. At about 3:30pm I was walking back to my Hut after spending from 6am in the bush. An un-marked, or very badly marked helicopter appears, flying low over the bush, it starts circling the property. Man, it was so low I could have hit it with a handgun, if I had one.

I immediately sms Lize, my so-called PA, I have very little airtime. I ask her to paste this information on the Save Our Rhino page. I know that will get a lot of attention and very quickly. It will also alert any Rhino owners in the Waterberg as I know it will jump in seconds to all the other pages. Without a weapon this is the best plan I can think of in such a hurry. Surely the cavalry will come? I race back on foot, un-armed to where I know my Rhino are, a few kilometers away. I have no plan, I will have to see what is what when I get there. I am cursing and imagining all sorts of horrid things. What the hell am I to do if they fire at me from the chopper? What happens if they have armed, with AKs, guys on the ground. I run anyhow. I am in the bush where the Rhino were last seen when I get an sms from Lize. The chopper is an unannounced drill organized by Selomie. Oh, Fuck it! I am too angry to explain it in mere words, the anger and hatred roll over me. Even writing this now the anger is back and intense. The anger then was fuelled by delayed reaction of fear, fear of losing the Rhino, fear of getting wounded badly or killed myself…. Fear and anger, not a happy combination. I sit panting on a rock, I send an sms to Lize stating how STUPID this was.

 

Lize sms’s me back, she obviously told Salomie about my last sms, that Selomie has posted on facebook that the first helicopter drill were successfully done in the Waterberg with the comment, “Wayne thinks this is silly.” Silly, silly!? It goes way beyond silly, it is bloody criminal. I wonder how many other people nearly had a heart attack over this showboating. One does not do bloody drills in an operational area, full stop. I then calm down and start thinking. Who owns that helicopter? One night after quite a few whisky’s Neil mentioned that Selomie is so good she even got Groenewalt to let them use his helicopter in the “Phila” film. Is this true? Was this Groenewalt machine again?  All sorts of things are going on in my mind. I swop a few more sms’s with Lize, but as Selomie will be her boss soon and she will be stuck here on the farm she has to remain loyal to Selomie, I understand this. I have walked back to my Hut, I need coffee, the white Landcruiser comes barreling down the road.

Selomie jumps out the cab, she is furious. She directs a tirade at me. How dare I put up a post on facebook, SHE will be the one that posts anything. How dare I post anything about Palala? I get even quieter when I am this angry and tell her very softly that I put a post about the Waterberg area, not Palala. She yells that I should have called her, SHE has the radios and the guns. I think, “I know that, don’t rub it in.” She then goes off how SHE knows all the people in the Waterberg, the APU’s, the police, she is even on first name basis with the head of anti-poaching in the Hawks. I tell her I also know people, hence the warning on facebook. This just makes her more angry. She yells at me asking why I did not call her, so I explain since I really do not like the way she speaks to me I try talk to her as little as possible. That did not go down well either. She goes on how everyone else in the area called her and how many missed calls she received, I am the only one that did not re-act she states. I point out that this is incorrect; I am the only one that did not re-act the way SHE would have liked me to.”

Nosce te ipsum

View the Mexican Horse Thief’s Page

Short Story

THE MEXICAN HORSE THIEF I – ANGOLA

Save

Rhino Wars – Causes and Social Media

January 24, 2014

scorp-section-eight-logoWith the phenomenon of Social Media, never in the history of man have there being more causes available to the general public to sign up for. Never too, has it being so easy to join a cause without actually doing anything of value. I believe the main reasons people jump on this platform is for self gratitude, self pride, selfagrandment and other things involving self. Call me cynical, I think it is a valid observation. The fact that the majority of the people that sign up for,( fill in your favorite cause) is, again just one, reason most causes on Social Media sites seem to gain thousands of members but accomplish so little. Signing up on a facebook group/page and sprouting your opinion, or worse, some half-baked ideas that you stole from others and meshed in with your one idea is not doing much for any cause at all, just good for your ego.

The other reason for the downfall of the (put your favorite cause here) is that many nefarious people know the above and will head up a cause and their only intention is to make money. Some are honest with themselves and know that is their cause with in the cause, but obviously do not tell the general public. They use the people not mentioned in the first paragraph for this end, very successfully.

Those fit all causes all around the world but to get specific let us take the Rhino Anti Poaching causes here in South Africa. Considering that in the last four years that I have watching the statistics around this cause, I have never bigger failure of a venture involving so many people in my life. The records speaks for itself, I will not, cannot actually, list all the groups and pages that sprouted up. They have thousands and thousands of people joining but the few that contribute seem to just fight amongst themselves in cyberspace, some may actually go to a march now and then and plant crosses for the dead rhino.  

I can but will not name the Anti Poaching Units that also popped up, some actually have people in them and do a little military – like exercises, for a price. Shit the volunteers have to pay to be f-ed around by a self styled little NCO; that may or may not have been in the army THIRTY years ago or some youngster that has never done more than read a book about combat..  Most are a cyber illusion, dress some people up in cammos and post photo on facebook along with some emotive shit, use any donations to party.

Why can I say it is a big failure? The growth rate for success in this case would be the amount of  rhino that do not get killed and poachers and especially their masters that get caught BEFORE a rhino goes down. The figures of dead rhino just increases and a few lowly poachers get caught. The media calls the catching of a Vietnam national our biggest success in the war against poachers. Read Killing for Profit. That is bullshit too, that man hunted rhino legally, because of corruption in our government. His capture has nothing to do with the poaching syndicates and do nothing to slow down the killing, just closed a door on that scam.

On the bright side.

There are people out there, with a small presence of Social Media but a huge presence on the ground.

A compilation of my Strange Classrooms is soon to be released, please “Like” and  keep an eye on this page.

THE MEXICAN HORSE THIEF

Here is a story of developing and breaking an addiction, while dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome at the same time.

THE CHRONICLES OF THE MEXICAN HORSE THIEF II

 

Mex ad

Save

Rhino Wars – The ranting of the enemy within

November 30, 2012

There are many people that are using the plight of our rhino to make money and improve their own lot in life. This woman is one of them; at the beginning of the year I published what I saw while a volunteer on her Rhino Sanctuary. This resulted in her asking help to have me “taken out.” On a public forum nogal! As well as a phone call from her husband, a lawyer, phoning me and saying he will kill me himself. Touch someone’s wallet and you have trouble!

I did believe that Selomie had by now forgotten about me but it seems not. She has just posted what she thinks of me and some other people that too were volunteers on her farm, and saw what was happening. Well, I have nothing to hide so will help her get seen by re-posting her rant. Which by the way I am very pleased with, if a known associate of Dawie Groenewalt said nice things about me I would be upset. You can make up your own mind, but be sure to read the other side of the ongoing mess that is called Palala Rhino Sanctuary on these links.

If you have been banned by Palala Rhino Mortuary

Rhino Wars II

 96 unanswered questions for Selomie Maritz of Palala Rhino Sanctuary and Ubumanzi Game Reserve and Lodge

 

 

Selomie Maritz owner of Palala Rhino Sanctuary wrote: (Translated from Afrikaans)

 

“The people on this page who are so pathetic to do something for themselves can hang their heads in shame. Touch my personel and you will have to deal with me.

Wayne we will find you at the AA again soon. Not to even speak of how pathetic you are, do the rhino’s a favour and find someone else to blame for your miserable life. It is always someone else to blame for your struggle existence.

If my personnel were treated so badly, why is there a farm manager and his wife working here for 20 years.

What about the children we drive to town 2 times a day so they can attend school. Yes, we are 50km away from town and it is a pleasure to see how the parents appreciate it and how well the kids are doing. Thabang lives with me in the house and has much better manners than some people on this pathetic page can dream about.

Alpfeus got his license legally on his own, just like our other personnel.

Wayne you seem to forget that Jan had to babysit you like a kindergarden child, even if it was with little stories that you believed. Out of his own he said: “That man is not well, he knows fuckall. He is fucked up” This after I had to pick you up off the pavement against my will because nobody wanted you with them anymore.

You moan about the alcohol that was delivered at my house for Christmas and that you weren’t invited for the meal. There was no meal because I can assure you that you will not want to know anything about eating if you lost a child a while before and your other children are not there either. While you guzzled down 6 beers at an event I drank a glass of cooldrink because I don’t need to throw myself at alcohol. You are the most ungrateful person I have ever met in my life.

Zak you are the direct cause of a great guy, who had a golden opportunity to mean something for the rhinos, have that opportunity denied. What you did is a shame.

Margaret Pollock all my sympathy to Allan. He contributed and did so much for the rhino. Please keep in mind that I appreciate everything for the person that he is. Unfortunately I cant be keeping the peace the whole day between people who disagree. Me and my personnel carried you on our hands. So go look for faults somewhere other than with me. Like many other people I expected nothing from you other than to give you the opportunity to experience the beauty in rhinos. My shoulders are broad for your nonsense but do not dare to do anything to my child or my staff.”

 

I am a firm believer in freedom of speech so there you have it. Selomie is not and has had a few of my and other peoples posts blocked on facebook and her lawyer husband has tried to get some of my blog posts on WordPress removed as well.

 

Wayne Bisset.

Rhino Wars – The Internal Enemy

January 6, 2012

Today, beyond a shadow of a doubt, Selomie proved, to me at least, who she really is. An Internal Enemy of note.  At about 3:30pm I was walking back to my Hut after spending from 6am in the bush doing my thing for these Rhino Wars, an un-marked, or very badly marked helicopter appears, flying low over the bush, it starts circling the property. Man it was so low I could have hit it with a handgun, if I had one.

I immediately sms Lize, my so-called PA, I have very little airtime. I ask her to paste this information on the Save Our Rhino page. I know that will get a lot of attention and very quickly. It will also alert any Rhino owners in the Waterberg as I know it will jump in seconds to all the other pages. Without a weapon this is the best plan I can think of in such a hurry. Surely the cavalry will come? I race back on foot, un-armed to where I know my Rhino are, a few kilometers away. I have no plan, I will have to see what is what when I get there. I am cursing and imagining all sorts of horrid things. What the hell am I to do if they fire at me from the chopper? What happens if they have armed, with AKs, guys on the ground. I run anyhow. I am in the bush where the Rhino were last seen when I get an sms from Lize.

The chopper is an unannounced drill organized by Selomie. Oh, Fuck it! I am too angry to explain it in mere words, the anger and hatred roll over me. Even writing this now the anger is back and intense. The anger then was fuelled by delayed reaction of fear, fear of losing the Rhino, fear of getting wounded badly or killed myself…. Fear and anger, not a happy combination. I sit panting on a rock, I send an sms to Lize stating how STUPID this was. Lize sms’s me back, she obviously told Salomie about my last sms, that Selomie has posted on facebook that the first helicopter drill were successfully done in the Waterberg with the comment, “Wayne thinks this is silly.”

Silly, silly!? It goes way beyond silly, it is bloody criminal. I wonder how many other people nearly had a heart attack over this showboating. One does not do bloody drills in an operational area, full stop. I then calm down and start thinking. Who owns that helicopter? One night after quite a few whisky’s Neil mentioned that Selomie is so good she even got Groenewalt to let them use his helicopter in the “Phila” film. Is this true? Was this Groenewalt machine again?  All sorts of things are going on in my mind. I swop a few more sms’s with Lize, but as Selomie will be her boss soon and she will be stuck here on the farm she has to remain loyal to Selomie, I understand this. I have walked back to my Hut, I need coffee, the white Landcruiser comes barreling down the road.

Selomie jumps out the cab, she is furious. She directs a tirade at me. How dare I put up a post on Facebook, SHE will be the one that posts anything. How dare I post anything about Palala? I get even quieter when I am this angry and tell her very softly that I put a post about the Waterberg area, not Palala. She yells that I should have called her, SHE has the radios and the guns. I think, “I know that, don’t rub it in.” She then goes off how SHE knows all the people in the Waterberg, the APU’s, the police, she is even on first name basis with the head of anti-poaching in the Hawks. I tell her I also know people, hence the warning on Facebook. This just makes her more angry. She yells at me asking why I did not call her, so I explain since I really do not like the way she speaks to me I try talk to her as little as possible. That did not go down well either. She goes on how everyone else in the area called her and how many missed calls she received, I am the only one that did not re-act she states. I point out that this is incorrect; I am the only one that did not re-act the way SHE would have liked me to.

I am adding these links as a response to the attacks on my character and threat made on my life.

Full Palala Story.

Other people’s information on the goings on at Palala

 

A compilation of my Strange Classrooms is soon to be released, please “Like” and  keep an eye on this page.

THE MEXICAN HORSE THIEF

Here is a story of developing and breaking an addiction, while dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome at the same time.

THE CHRONICLES OF THE MEXICAN HORSE THIEF II

 

Mex ad

 

Save


%d bloggers like this: