Tankwa Town Rangers are participants who volunteer a portion of their time at AfrikaBurn in service of the safety and well-being of the AfrikaBurn community. Rangers – also known as The Orange – act as non-confrontational community mediators, providers of reliable information, facilitators of public safety, and promoters of the eleven guiding principles upon which AfrikaBurn is based.
Day and night, pairs of Rangers can be found walking and bicycling throughout Tankwa Town, engaging with the community, enjoying the art, and helping participants respond to situations that can range from directing people to the nearest loo to finding lost children, managing burn perimeters, and supporting overwhelmed participants.
Rangers are not a security force. Our event has accredited security that are hired for the period, and they are there to lock down the gate if required and back up the Rangers under extreme circumstances. Within Tankwa Town. ‘law and order’ is maintained by two assumptions. First, Radical Self Reliance means that each participant is responsible and proactive in terms of their own well-being and, in terms of Participation and Civil Responsibility, proactive in terms of the well-being of others. Second, the volunteer-based Ranger organization takes responsibility for working with participants to identify risks, dangers, or hazards, then working with the appropriate departments to minimize, manage, or mediate them.
Becoming a Ranger entails coming to a five-hour training session and then signing up for at least one shift at the event. The more shifts, the more events, the more experience, and the more roles you learn, the more you can contribute to your AfrikaBurn community as well as your own communities and workplaces.
Rangers work within one or more of six organisational roles at the event:
Dust Rangers form the core of all Ranger services. These Rangers walk around, talk to people, visit, interact with AfrikaBurn and all its art, advocate for the 11 Principles, and apply them with compassion where and if needed. These Rangers are the eyes and ears for the whole Ranger crew. They know much about Tankwa Town because they see it all first!
Green Dot Rangers specialise in helping participants through difficult situations that have a strong emotional or internal component. Green Dots are patient listeners who seek to hold space for participants undergoing inner transformation or experiencing internal or emotional distress.
Fire Perimeter Rangers support burning art projects by managing a perimeter between participants and open flame. They work closely with the artists and Fire Safety to organize, train, and deploy Rangers around a burn site.
Dust Leads provide knowledgeable and experienced support in the field for other Rangers by offering face to face advice, backup, and coordination support.
Shift Leads support Rangers on shift. At Ranger Headquarters, Tortoise – the call sign for Shift Leads – monitors the Ranger radio channels. When needed, they secure resources to support situations and communicate with other departments to ensure timely response to incidents.
Ranger One is a special role for seriously experienced and capable Rangers. As the top Ranger on duty, they advise the Shift Leads on complex issues and work with other departments to deliver the best response possible to difficult community situations.
With our city population growing each year, we need more Rangers in Tankwa Town than ever before. We are always looking for qualified Rangers to staff over four thousand hours of shifts during the event.
If you, or anyone in your camp or crew, are interested in stepping up, please feel free to join us at the various training dates planned throughout the year in various South Africa cities, or join us at a training at the event. We all hold the space together, and together can we hold it right.
Have further questions about Rangers? Mail us on [email protected]
Interested in becoming a Ranger? Check out the following Training dates below.
(unless otherwise specified, Ranger trainings are at AfrikaBurn offices – Junction Hotel, 8 Junction Road, Salt River, Cape Town)
25th January (9am – 3pm)
22nd February (9am – 3pm)
14th March (9am – 3pm)
4th April (9am – 3pm)
18th April (9am – 3pm)
(all dates are Saturdays)
Need more info? Email [email protected] for info
Location: 6 De Wet Street, Horison, Roodepoort, Johannesburg
RSVP: 072 186 4281
10am – 1pm (New Rangers, Theory Sessions)
1:30 – 4:30pm (Existing Rangers, Scenario Sessions)
22nd March, 10am – 3pm
Location: 29 Tromp Crescent, Pretoria
RSVP: [email protected]
Saturday 7th March (email [email protected] for info about location & RSVP)
(dates & locations TBC)
All training sessions happen in the Training Tent at Off-Centre Camp (located between 8ish and 9ish roads between Binnekring & Buitekring)
Got the training and want to strut your orange stuff? Hit the dust here!
Check out the Ranger Training & Info Facebook page here
Contact: [email protected]
Sanctuary and Green Dots
Our Sanctuary is a safe space where participants that are overwhelmed are able to find a calm place to take a breather, and get help from qualified professionals that can assist them. Sanctuary is located at Off-Centre Camp near our Medics and Rangers, and is open 24/7 throughout the course of our event.
Green Dots are volunteers with experience in harm reduction, and spend their time on the lookout for anyone that appears to be having difficulty in the dust. If & when Green Dots do find someone that needs assistance, they make sure the person can get to their camp safely, or be taken to Sanctuary if necessary.
Looking for our Sanctuary page, or more info about Green Dots – or looking to sign up as a volunteer? Head this way for.