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Media Release: KNP receives new vehicle fleet

Date: 26th March 2009

The Acting Managing Executive of the Kruger National Park (KNP) Mr Abe Sibiya officially received a new fleet of vehicles today (Thursday March 26, 2009) at Paul Kruger Entrance Gate.


Acting Managing Executive of
KNP Mr Abe Sibiya (middle)
during the official hand over

The Acting Managing Executive of the Kruger National Park (KNP) Mr Abe Sibiya officially received a new fleet of vehicles today (Thursday March 26, 2009) at Paul Kruger Entrance Gate.

Vehicles handed over today included one Toyota Hilux double cab, four Toyota Hilux bakkies, one Land Cruiser pick-up, two Toyota Hilux nine-seater game viewing vehicles, one Isuzu 23 seater game viewing vehicle and an Isuzu bus and these vehicles which will be used for various conservation- and tourism-related functions in the two million hectare national park.

As part of the original contract originally forged in 2002, the vehicles will join those previously delivered and will be maintained by the KNP’s outsourced fleet management company Vuswa Fleet Services.

During the hand over event, Mr Sibiya spoke of the continued relationship between South African National Parks and Vuswa Fleet Services, saying that today’s delivery was part of a consignment of vehicles worth R50 million.


Fleet of vehicles received today

“The original contract signed in 2002 involved some 220 vehicles which were worth around R20 million. The expanded contract, which has been renewed for the next five years, includes the supply of an additional 200 vehicles which will be used in all National Parks and SANParks administered properties across the country,” he explained.

Mr Sibiya concluded his address by speaking about the working relationship between Vuswa Fleet Services and the Kruger National Park.

“Like any relationships, there are ups and downs, sometimes we disagree on issues and sometimes, to quote a Toyota advertisement from a few years ago: ‘everything keeps going right’.

“I am sure that we can continue to grow this relationship, iron out those little differences that occur from time to time and cement this as a true public-private partnership that will last well into the future,” he commented.

Vuswa Fleet Services has three fully accredited workshops in the park which will maintain the vehicles according to the contract. Vuswa also manages the KNP’s emergency break down service (0800 030 666).

The KNP’s extensive vehicle fleet managed by Vuswa Fleet Services includes 207 vehicles, which range in size from golf carts and light commercial vehicles to heavy commercial vehicles and construction plant equipment.

Issued by:
Raymond Travers, Media Relations Practitioner, Kruger National Park. Contact: Tel: (013) 735 4116, cell: 082 908 2677 or email: raymondt@sanparks.org

Enquiries:
William Mabasa, HOD: Public Relations and Communication, Kruger National Park. Contact: Tel: (013) 735 4363, cell: 082 807 3919 or email: williamm@sanparks.org

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