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Media Release: ‘Green’ Stars shine at the 2010 Kudu Awards

Date: 30th November 2010

Conservationists were awarded for their impeccable work towards the conservation of our parks at a glamorous affair held at the newly renovated Golden Gate Hotel on Thursday, 25 November 2010.

In his welcoming speech, Dr Mabunda made a special mention of the type of individuals and organisations who are recipients of the award. “What is also of great importance is to notice that a number of the winners are not only from affluent projects with lots of cash injection but are grassroots interventions with very little or no resources. “These are the projects that I am personally most proud of and hope that the exposure and recognition they get in this prestigious platform will assist them in attracting sponsors who may help to grow the interventions and the impact in our communities.” He said

He also made mention of the fact that through these awards people are being honoured for their meaningful contribution to the protection of the environment through various means which reflects societies admirable social responsibility.

The Kudu Awards is an initiative that aims to recognize external stakeholders for their contribution and efforts in making South African National Parks the custodian of choice for the national parks system of South Africa, and also plays a significant role in the conservation of biodiversity and cultural heritage, thus protecting South Africa’s most valuable national assets

The Awards also reward SANParks staff members for their exceptional work performance and efforts on customer service with various categories under the Chief Executive Awards

Winners of the 2010 Kudu Awards in the respective categories are:

Corporate Contribution to Conservation Award(Individual):
Dr Brian van Wilgen was awarded for his significant contributions to conservation, whether through the awarding of either land, funds, and human resources or has entered into business relationship with SANParks and for their group contribution towards this initiative, Jock Safari Lodge In Kruger National Park(Non-Profit)were given the award

Environmental Media Contribution to Conservation (Best Journalist)
This award was presented to conservation/environmental journalists 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. The winners of this award were;

  • Eleanor Momberg
  • Sharon van Wyk received the Merit Awards for her individual contribution to conservation

Community Contribution to Conservation
The recipients of this award have contributed in the advancement of sustainable conservation of our biodiversity and cultural heritage. This award is given to an individual/group/project that has advanced the cause of sustainable conservation of our biodiversity and cultural heritage, the winners in this category are

  • The Endangered Wildlife Trust (Group)
  • KwaZulu-Natal; Eugene Jourbert-Region of the year
  • Sunset Serebade in Letaba; Mrs Margret Stafford- Project of the year:

Environmental Education/Capacity Building
This award was presented Eco Childrens Training, Zani Kunz (Group) who have contributed to educational programmes that further the conservation of our biodiversity and cultural heritage, and for their individual contribution towards conservation Bongani Mbatha and Dr Madelein J. Grundlingh were also given recognition.

Issued by:   
Reynold “Rey” Thakhuli, General Manager: Media, Events and Stakeholder Relations, Tel: (012) 426 5203 /073 373 4999, e-mail: reyt@sanparks.org

For media enquiries:        
wanda mkutshulwa, Head of Communications, (012) 426 5170 / 082 908 2692, wandam@sanparks.org

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