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Media Release: SANParks announces new Filming and Photography Permit procedure and tariffs

Date: 26th August 2009

South African National Parks (SANParks) has revised its procedure and tariffs for commercial filming and photography in the national parks under its management.

South African National Parks (SANParks) has revised its procedure and tariffs for commercial filming and photography in the national parks under its management. This new tariff schedule has been approved by the SANParks Executive Committee and is in line with the Filming and Photography Policy that was approved by the Board in 2008. The tariffs and the policy, are in compliance with Section 50 of the National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act (NEMA:PAA) 57 of 2003 as amended.

The implementation of the new tariffs and the new procedure at the beginning of August this year came after an intensive review of the permitting process. The result is a significant increase in permit fees for commercial filming and photography in the parks, and an internalising of the permit-issuing process for most of the national parks, where previously, this was outsourced to a service provider.

Ms. wanda mkutshulwa, the Head of Communications at SANParks said, “We run a national park and our primary mandate is conservation. We have a responsibility to ensure that with any commercial activity taking place within the parks, conservation is the foremost concern. As a result, we have revised our permitting process and instituted filming and photography permit rates that give due consideration to the value of the protected areas we have been tasked to manage.”

Ms mkutshulwa explained that the tariff revision was to be implemented in 2008 already but was stalled and now that the permit procedure was internalised, SANParks could implement the rates that would reflect the value and importance of the protected areas. “In a national park, a beach, for example, is not just a beach and we have many considerations to take into account. We do understand the nature of the filming industry and we appeal to the industry to understand the importance of the system we have put in place,” said mkutshulwa.

After this initial major hike, SANParks will be reviewing the tariffs every 3 years and will be only considering percentage increases from then onwards.

The new system requires more consultation before applications are approved and as such, no late applications will be entertained by SANParks. The tariffs and procedure will remain as the standard across all SANParks. The Cape Region will soon be appointing a service provider to deal specifically with applications for that region and SANParks will advise as soon as that has been implemented. Kruger National Park will also be implementing the new tariffs and applications for KNP must be made directly with KNP.

All information about filming and photography in South African National Parks can be found on the SANParks website at

Issued by:
SANParks Corporate Communications

Media Enquiries:
wanda mkutshulwa - Head of Communications, Tel: (012) 426 5201, Cell: 083 908 2692 email:

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