The Dinokeng Voluntary Rangers are hosting their first-ever, hopefully to become annual, fundraising event in the form of a cooking competition ~ Cooking on Coals. Join the Rangers on Saturday, 7 August at the Lazy River Bush Pub, Dinokeng, for a day of fun, all for a good cause.

The competition will be judged by celebrity judges Chris Forrest and Braai Boy. Entry into the competition is R300 per team of two. Want to show off your cooking skills? Download and complete the entry form here, then email it to

There will also be a market, kids’ playground and live entertainment provided by Heuning, with more artist announcements still to come.

Dinokeng Game Reserve is one of South Africa’s best kept secrets. Just 30 minutes from Pretoria and just over an hour from Johannesburg, Dinokeng is Gauteng’s only Big Five reserve.  You can read more about the reserve in the Comment on Page 1 of the April edition of the Gauteng Smallholder here.

The Dinokeng Voluntary Rangers are involved with major projects in the park such as assisting with anti-poaching, snare removals, community conservation lessons and the oversight of visitors to the park. And, they assist in invasive plant and tree removal. The Rangers also present bush orientation courses, snake handling, and courses on many more topics. Dinokeng Voluntary Rangers also participate throughout the year in community upliftment projects, such as giving orphaned children a weekend in the bush, complete with conservation talks and a game drive.

Sponsors for the event include Husqvarna, Ryobi, Crown National, CNS, Mongena Lodge, Lazy River Bush Pub, Kalahari Coffee, Hollybrooke Adventure Farm, Nordland Lighting, Kings Hire, Fibre Technologies and Working SA.

Organisers are calling for those interested in hosting a stall at the market to apply now. Download and complete the Vendor Application form here, then email it to

For more information on the Rangers and this event, visit

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