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What’s a Ranger?

Rangers are non-confrontational community mediators, and are there to promote awareness of potential hazards, ranging from sunburn to tent fires, and lots of other stuff in between. Ranger shifts are divided into day time, and night time rangering.  At its essence rangering is about creating awareness of the AfrikaBurn ethos, creating good neighbourliness, and responding to crisis situations such as lost children, desert practicalities, and overwhelmed participants.

First time Rangers need to be familiar with the eleven basic principles upon which AfrikaBurn is based and what they mean in terms of security and dealing with conflict. AB is guided by the following eleven principles: Communal effort; Participation; Civic responsibility; Immediacy; Decommodification; Gifting; Leaving no trace; Radical inclusion; Radical self-reliance;  Radical self-expression and Each One Teach One (the role of education).

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, firstly that Radical Self Reliance entails that each participant is proactive in terms of their own wellbeing and in terms of Participation and Civil responsibility proactive in terms of the wellbeing of others. Secondly is the assumption that a volunteer-based Ranger system can perceive dangers and mediate or manage them.

Rangering entails coming to a 5 hour training session and then signing up for at least one shift at the event. The more shifts, the more events, the more experience, the closer you become to the secret clan of deep desert Meerkats and the sacred order of the lower case orange.


There are three levels of Rangers:

  • Dirt Rangers are the orange line that helps keeps the participants of Tankwa Town in their immediate participatory space.
  • Shift Leads are based in the Ranger HQ and play the dual role of supervisor and record keeper. Think of the crusty desk sergeant in the police station. Shift leads are experienced Rangers.
  • Ranger Commissars are the veteran Ranger go to for advice, oversight, and assistance with escalating or tricky situations.


Ranger Training Dates 2017

With our city population growing to 13 000 this year, we need more orange in Tankwa Town than ever before. We have various plans to ramp up the number of Rangers, and shifts, and this includes having at least one Ranger per large theme camp.

If you, or anyone in your camp or crew, are interested in stepping up, please feel free to join us at the various dates planned for the months of Jan – April (or even at training dates at the event). We all hold the space together, and only together can we hold it right.

Cape Town Training dates 2017:

Unless otherwise specified, Ranger meetings are at AfrikaBurn offices
(2nd floor Bijou building, 178 Lower Main Rd – entrance via Cole St)


Sat, 21st             9.30am – 2.30pm   (FB event page)
Wed, 25th          5.30pm – 10pm  (FB event page)

Tues, 7th        1pm – 4pm   (FB event page)
Wed, 15th       5.30pm – 10pm   (FB event page)
Thurs, 23rd    5.30pm – 10pm  (FB event page)

Sat, 4th            9.30am – 2.30pm   (FB event page)
Thur, 9th         5.30pm – 10pm   (FB event page)
Sun, 19th         9.30am – 2.30pm   (FB event page)
Wed, 22nd      5.30pm – 10pm   (FB event page)

Sat, 1st             9.30am – 2.30pm  (FB event page here)
Sun, 9th          9.30am – 2.30pm (FB event page here)
Wed, 12th        5.30pm – 10pm   


Johannesburg Training dates 2017


Sat, 28th          10am – 4pm   

Sat, 11th            10am – 4pm   (FB event page)
Sat, 25th           10am – 4pm   (FB event page)

Sat, 4th             10am – 4pm (FB event page) 
Sat, 18th           10am – 4pm   (FB event page)

Sat, 1st               10am – 4pm  (FB event page here)
Sat, 15th           10am – 4pm   

Venue: 6 De Wet Street, Horison. (Ranger headquarters in JHB)
RSVP: powerflower888@gmail.com / whattsapp on 0721864281
(spaces limited to 10 people per training session)


Garden Route Training Dates


Sat, 21st             9.30am – 2.30pm    

Sat, 4th              9.30am – 2.30pm   (FB event page)

Venue: 11 Manual Villet Street, Loerie Park, George
Contact:  christian@afrikaburn.com / 083 337 99 33


Training on site

Those interested in attending training on the weekend before the event please contact Rangers to apply for early entry permits.

This year we have many international Rangers coming and local Rangers are welcome to camp under the Ranger stretch tent together with visiting Rangers and Sanctuary crew. To connect with camp planning, mail rangers@afrikaburn.com

Questions asked about the Tankwa Town Rangers:

  • How do they manage to flame so well?
  • Why the car guard bibs?
  • Why do they seem so mellow in the face of danger?
  • What is fixation with orange?
  • Is Cpt Mushroom really a mushroom?

Much can be learnt from observing the Tankwa Town Ranger in his/her/its natural environment. Listen to the banter of the Rangers as they flock:

– at every start of a shift for a briefing at the Ranger HQ
– at every sundown at burn briefings

But biggest and most sacred is the Ommm:

The 2nd Orange Magnificent Moo Moo, where all Rangers on site are encouraged to come to Ranger HQ in full dress uniform and sing to the new laatlammetjies. Your children will ask you to tell the story of the day over and over again.

Interested in Signing up for Ranger Shifts?

Sign up for shifts this year right here.


Get In Touch

Check out the Ranger Training & Info Facebook page here

Contact: rangers@afrikaburn.com