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Media Release: Permits for operators using KNP border gates

Date: 2014-06-24

All business operators who travel through the Kruger National Park (KNP)’s border gates i.e. Giriyondo and Pafuri, transporting passengers to and from Mozambique, will be required to produce valid passenger transport permits as from 1 August 2014. These are meant for communities residing in the Limpopo National Park (LNP) in Mozambique, who work in South Africa and often make use of the two border gates going home. 

This follows the signing of an agreement with relevant stakeholders from local government and cross border transport agencies in South Africa and Mozambique; which took place recently. The control measure also comes after the rule requiring visitors to stay over one night in either Kruger or Limpopo National Park before crossing the border, came into effect in December 2011 and is in force. 

“There have been incidents wherein passengers were seen bundled at the back of bakkies, with canopies that provided very little protection and infringed on their basic human rights. This restriction comes into effect in order to ensure that people get transported in regulated public transport; and that operators using our border gates only carry passengers and not commercial goods”; said the General Manager: Communications & Marketing, William Mabasa. 

Without a registered passenger transport permit, operators will be refused admission and they would need to use other routes outside the Park leading to their destination. Application forms for the permits are available at Phalaborwa, Pafuri and Punda Maria Gates. 

Limpopo, together with Kruger (South Africa) and Gonarrhezou (Zimbabwe) National Parks form part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park. This conservation area was initiated to promote collaboration in the management of shared natural resources along the international boundaries. 

“We will continue to tighten up controls at the two border gates as these are meant to afford tourists to travel between these Parks without having to exit the parks. The routes for these border gates are classified as tourists roads and do not allow for commercial traffic therefore the idea is to encourage people to travel from one national park to another;” concluded Mabasa. 

Download the Regulated Cross Border Transport Rules fact sheet.

Issued by:
South African National Parks (SANParks) Kruger National Park Communications
Tel: 013 735 4262

Enquiries:
William Mabasa
GM: Communications & Marketing, Kruger National Park
Tel: 013 735 4363; Cell: 082 807 3919
Email: william.mabasa@sanparks.org

Or 

Reynold Thakhuli
Acting Head of Communications, SANParks
Tel 012 426 5203/5170; Cell: 073 373 4999
Email: rey.thakhuli@sanparks.org

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