Ranger Code of Conduct 2020

Who We Are 

Rangers are a diverse group of people who represent a diverse group of people. We treat the members of our crew with respect as we treat our participants with respect and as equals. As Rangers, everyone is the same colour, which is orange.

As a Tankwa Town Ranger you are a guardian of the 11 Guiding Principles of AfrikaBurn1. As such, you are expected to look after them, understanding that at times they will be in dynamic tension. Part of being a Ranger is identifying which Principles need primacy at any given time, and enabling participants and the community at large to find solutions that support this.

The effectiveness of Rangers stems, in part, from authority afforded to us by the community. This is maintained by our social capital, which is bolstered by our good actions and severely hurt when a Ranger acts in an un-Rangerly manner. This code of conduct serves to outline some of the behaviour expected of Rangers. Where the code of conduct is not followed, a disciplinary process will be followed. This process may lead to actions extending from counseling through to temporary suspension or permanent dismissal from the Ranger workforce.


Rangers who are on duty are expected to:

  • Ensure their physical and psychological safety. If a Ranger is thought to be neglecting this, they may be asked to take a break and take care of themselves.
  • Consider the safety of their partner and the rest of the Ranger organisation.
  • Look after the safety of other participants.

Any major safety hazard or incident should be immediately reported to the Shift Lead for logging and remedial action.

Behaviour and Appearance While on Duty

Rangers are expected to:

  • Be clothed in a manner that is not sexually suggestive and will not lead to indecent exposure. 
  • Not wear clothing or insignia that relate to hate speech or discrimination.
  • Not carry a firearm or any other item intended as a weapon.
  • Carry official identification and, unless specific tasks dictate otherwise, wear official identifiers such as a Ranger hat, vest, or jacket.
  • Remain sober while on duty. When off duty, a Ranger should exercise discretion if still in Ranger gear or clothing.
  • Refrain from threatening or attempting to physically injure or fight with a participant unless in clear self-defence.
  • Not participate in any form of discrimination, bullying, or abuse. This includes, but is not limited to, discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation, or country of origin.
  • Refrain from any form of harassment, either sexual or otherwise, of any participant, including other Rangers.
  • Avoid any actions that could lead to the damage or malfunction of property not belonging to themselves.

 Interaction with Minors

  • Rangers are expected to safeguard the welfare of children at AfrikaBurn. This is done to protect them from physical, sexual, and verbal harm and/or neglect that allows such harm to occur.
  • Rangers should not be alone with a minor. If you interact with a minor and your partner needs to leave, ask a participant to stay with you.
  • Rangers must not provide tobacco, alcohol, or narcotics to minors.
  • Rangers must report any illegal activity concerning minors to the Shift Lead for logging and remedial action.


During your shifts, you may become privy to sensitive information that, if misused, could cause lasting damage to the reputation of participants, or to the AfrikaBurn organisation. As such:

  • Incidents encountered on shift should only be discussed with other Rangers, or with members of other relevant AfrikaBurn departments who have a need to know based on their roles and responsibilities.
  • Release of any sensitive information to the greater AfrikaBurn community, or to the public at large, should only be done with the explicit instruction of the AfrikaBurn Director in charge of communication.

Working within the Ranger Organisation

The Ranger Organisation will endeavour to provide support to all Rangers, limited by the available resources. These include support and advice from specialist Senior Rangers, psychological support post-shift, and gear and equipment.

In general, Rangers acting in a senior role should not issue instructions without good cause. When given, these instructions should be based on experience and insight into the current happenings in Tankwa Town. Where appropriate, these instructions should be taken into account when any Ranger is deciding on the next course of action, deferring to whoever (Ranger or otherwise) has the best plan.

Allegation of Breach, Investigation, and Disciplinary Process

Any participant of AfrikaBurn, including a Ranger or the Ranger organisation, may lodge a complaint against an individual or group of Rangers. Once this procedure has been initiated, an investigatory team will be appointed by Ranger Council, usually chaired by the Chair of Ranger Council. The team will endeavour to present a comprehensive, fair, and accurate depiction of the matter in question. This team will be responsible for documenting the investigation and will make recommendations to Ranger Council. Should the Ranger(s) named in the investigation decline to participate in the disciplinary process, it shall be conducted in their absence and a finding made.

Ranger Council may apply any one or combination of the following remedies or corrective actions: No action, a verbal warning, a written warning, a final written warning, removal from a Shift, suspension of Ranger status for the remainder of the event, permanent termination of Ranger participation, or any other legal corrective action deemed to be appropriate and in the interests of the Ranger or AfrikaBurn Organisations.

1 Radical Inclusion, Gifting, Decommodification, Radical Self-Reliance, Radical Self-Expression, Communal Effort, Civic Responsibility, Leaving No Trace, Participation, Immediacy, Each One Teach One