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Media Release: Entries still open for SANParks Environmental Journalist Award

Date: 23rd April 2009

Entries for the South African National Parks (SANParks) Environmental Journalist Award are still open.

Entries for the South African National Parks (SANParks) Environmental Journalist Award are still open.

This according to SANParks General Manager: Media, Events and Stakeholder Relations, Reynold Thakhuli, who says the Environmental Media Contribution to Conservation Award category of the Kudu Awards - is presented to conservation/environmental journalists/media entities that have been considered to have conducted their reporting in a socially responsible manner and have also given extensive and balanced reporting on conservation related matters.

According to Thakhuli, the Environmental Media Contribution to Conservation Award category forms part of the annual SANParks Kudu Awards which was established to recognise external stakeholders for their contributions and efforts in making South African National Parks the custodian of choice for the national parks system in South Africa. “It aims at enhancing equitable and sustainable relationships with various external communities with a particular caring interest to the national parks of our country and conservation of our natural heritage in general.”

He said the event, now in its fifth year, has seen a good interest from members of the public in the last few years and which last year saw a massive contribution of R200 000 for the prizes from FNB. “This shows that there is a lot of passion for our parks from our patrons and there is a need to be recognised as a contributor in conservation of our biodiversity.”

One of the other awards categories is the Corporate Contribution to Conservation Award – this category recognises organisations/companies/persons that have made significant contributions to conservation, whether through the awarding of land, funds, human resources or have entered into a business relationship with SANParks. This award comprises sets of awards: Business Partner of the Year (an internal award), Individual Contribution, Corporate Contribution – Profit Making Institutions as well as Corporate Contribution – Non Profit Making Institution.

The third category looks at the Community Contribution to Conservation – this award is given to an individual/group/project that has advanced the cause of sustainable conservation of our biodiversity and cultural heritage. There are also two sets of awards in this category: Community Contributor to Conservation and the Honorary Ranger of the Year (an internal award).

The last category is Environmental Education/Capacity Building Award – this award is given to an educator/group of educators who have contributed to educational programmes that further the conservation of our biodiversity and cultural heritage.

We hereby invite all members of the public, private companies, media institutions to submit their nominations of individuals, groups or companies involved in conservation within the above categories for the Kudu Award by 30 April 2009.

The awards winners will be announced at a function at Gallagher Estate, Johannesburg on Friday, 30 June 2009. For more information and nomination forms visit www.sanparks.org or contact Itshekeng Mokone on telephone (012) 426 5058/e-mail: itshekengm@sanparks.org or Reynold Thakhuli on (012) 426 5203/email: reyt@sanparks.org

Media enquiries:
Reynold “Rey” Thakhuli, General Manager: Media, Events & Stakeholder Relations, SANParks, Tel: +27 (0) 12 426 5203, Cell: +27 (0) 83 552 2020 or email: reyt@sanparks.org

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