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Media Release: SANParks announces the appointment of a new KNP Managing Executive

Date: 23rd September 2009

Today, 23 September 2009, the Board of South African National Parks (SANParks) unanimously approved the appointment of Mr Velaphi Abraham Sibiya (known as Abe) as the Managing Executive of Kruger National Park (KNP) on the recommendation of the Chief Executive, Dr David Mabunda.

Today, 23 September 2009, the Board of South African National Parks (SANParks) unanimously approved the appointment of Mr Velaphi Abraham Sibiya (known as Abe) as the Managing Executive of Kruger National Park (KNP) on the recommendation of the Chief Executive, Dr David Mabunda.

Mr Abe Sibiya has been officially acting as the Managing Executive: KNP since December 2008. He holds a BSc degree from the University of Witwatersrand with Botany & Zoology as his major subjects, as well as a BSc (Hons) in Wildlife Management from the University of Pretoria. Mr Sibiya has 25 years experience in the field of Conservation Management, with special emphasis on park development and management as well as ecotourism management.

Besides having been exposed to conservation management practices outside of the country, he also held a number of executive management positions in the Mpumalanga Parks and Tourism Authorities over a period of 10 years.

Having grown up in the Lowveld area of Mpumalanga, Mr Sibiya understands, and appreciates, the culture of the province and its peoples. He also loves the local landscape, its incredible flora and fauna, and the associated tourism products and what these mean, not for the province, but the whole nation.

The Chief Executive said that KNP is the flagship of the South African National Parks and so it was important to appoint to its helm a person who would be able to understand and appreciate its complexities. We wish Mr Sibiya all the best in his new challenge as well as strength to steer this mighty ship well into the future. With the current economic climate, SANParks has never been in greater need of strong leadership to continue building its economic stability.

Issued on behalf of the Chief Executive, Dr David Mabunda by:
Ms. wanda mkutshulwa, Head of Communications, South African National Parks, Tel: 012 426 5201, Cell: 082 908 2692, E-mail: wandam@sanparks.org

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