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Media Release: SANParks revises its filming and photography rates in National Parks

Date: 7th February 2013

The South African National Parks (SANParks) today announced in a statement, its revised filming and photography rates for 2013. According to SANParks, General Manager: Media, Events & Stakeholder Relations, Reynold Thakhuli, the filming and photography rates have not been reviewed in the last ten years. "The increase will see an average of 10 percent across the board for all filming and photographic needs taking place in national parks."

He said while recognizing the filming and photographic industries role in the promotion of our natural resource and heritage, it is also important to maintain area integrity of our national parks and this can only be attained by good maintenance which requires financial input as profit is not a primary motive. “It is also important to note that, SANParks in initiating the revised rates, kept the filming and photographic industry in mind, so as not to put the industry under financial strain amid the global economic meltdown. Hence only a ten percent increase was adopted.”

Thakhuli said, the increases are not even close to what the international conservancies are charging at the moment. There are several filming and photography categories that will be affected differently in terms of small and large groupings as well as their needs and period spent in a particular national park.

The increases are being implemented with immediate effect in all the 19 National Parks that are managed by SANParks. "It is for this reason that we invite the industry to familiarize themselves with the new tariffs which are posted on our website," concluded Thakhuli.

Issued By:
SANParks Corporate Communications

For Media Enquiries:
Ike Phaahla, SANParks Media Specialist. Tel: 012 426 5315 cell: 083 673 6974 or email: Isaac.phaahla@sanparks.org

OR

Reynold "Rey" Thakhuli: GM: PR, Media and Stakeholder Relations. Tel: 012 426 5203 cell: 073 373 4999 or email: rey.thakhuli@sanparks.org

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