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Media Release: Driver gets penalty for impala deaths
Date: 7th May 2012
A driver of a delivery truck (with trailer attached) belonging to one of the contractors currently working in the Park, Shivers Contracting Company who collided with a herd of impala last week on the Kruger Gate - Skukuza road; which resulted in the deaths of at least seven impala was slapped with a fine of R2500.
“SANParks not only grieves for the loss of the impala but is also saddened that such an incident took place in a protected area, which is meant for safeguarding of these animals. We have decided to take action against the offending driver; who has been charged with failure to comply with the management rule, NEMA: Protected Areas Act, 57/2003 as well as inconsiderate driving to other road users by driving fast on the road and getting involved in an accident, which led to killing our impala”, said the KNP’s Head of Public Relations, William Mabasa.
Impala, especially fighting rams tend to chase each other in the bush and over the roads, mostly when they are in their rutting season; either to gain dominance over each other or to round their female counterparts to join up their harems.
“We’d like to appeal to the public to always be on the look-out for all kinds of species while driving on the roads in the Park as they are a general site; therefore please remember that these animals have a right of way”, continued Mabasa.
The accident happened at around 17:30 on Wednesday, 2 May 2012 and the vehicle was driving towards Skukuza. Eyewitnesses have stated that the vehicle overtook their cars at high speed, only to slam over the poor impala at the junction of Paul Kruger and Skukuza Staff Village roads.
“The vehicle belongs to one of our contractors; however strict measures had to be taken against the driver as we cannot afford to allow this sort of behaviour by anyone, including our business partners. We expect this move will act as a deterrent, while we also hope and pray that a similar incident will not repeat itself in future,” concluded Mr Mabasa.
Media Relations Practitioner, Kruger National Park.
Tel: 013 735 4262; cell: 082 807 1441
HOD: Public Relations and Communication, Kruger National Park.
Tel: 013 735 4363; cell: 082 807 3919