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Media Release: Take Kruger To Kasies Project Roll-Out

Date: 2006-01-20

The Kruger National Park\'s (KNP) dynamic outreach project \"Take Kruger to \'Kasies\'\" was officially launched today (20 January 2006) at Mkhuhlu Shopping Complex near Hazyview by the KNP\'s Head of People and Conservation, Ms Helen Mmethi.

Media Release: Take Kruger To "Kasies" Project Roll-Out

Date: 2006-01-20

The Kruger National Park's (KNP) dynamic outreach project "Take Kruger to 'Kasies'" was officially launched today (20 January 2006) at Mkhuhlu Shopping Complex near Hazyview by the KNP's Head of People and Conservation, Ms Helen Mmethi.

Photo 1: Victory! Kruger National Park's head of People and Conservation, Ms Helen Mmethi celebrates with Nyiko Mhubunga (16), whose picture now proudly decorates the Kruger to Kasies Outreach project buses.

"It is fitting that the community of Mkhuhlu should witness the official launch of this project as the KNP forms such a huge portion of the lives of the people that live here," said Ms Mmethi.

Photo 2: The moment of truth: Young artist Nyiko Mhubunga (16) receives his prize as the winner of the Take Kruger to Kasie Project Art Competition.

At the function, the Regional Manager of the Southern Business Unit of the KNP, Ms Nasiwe Nelani presented Nyiko Mhubunga (16) with a prize for his efforts as he drew the picture used as artwork on the side of the "Take Kruger to Kasies" buses.

Young artist Nyiko, a grade 11 pupil from Makhosana High School in Mkhuhlu, responded to a call from the KNP's People and Conservation Department to "depict by drawing or sketching your understanding of conservation and people's involvement in environmental management".

His obvious creativity and hard work paid dividends and he went home today the proud owner of a brand new art kit, a trendy KNP golf shirt and a night in one of the KNP's big camps with an environmental education tour of the KNP's facilities with three of his friends.

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