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Media Release - SANParks signs agreement with AWF

Date: 19th August 2005

South African National Parks (SANParks) and the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) signed a far-reaching Memorandum of Agreement in Skukuza, Kruger National Park today (Thursday August 18, 2005).

South African National Parks (SANParks) and the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) signed a far-reaching Memorandum of Agreement in Skukuza, Kruger National Park today (Thursday August 18, 2005).

The agreement, which was signed by the KNP’s Acting Executive Director Mr Blake Schraader and the AWF’s Limpopo Heartland Programme Director Dr Simon Munthali, lays the foundation for further co-operation, especially regarding efforts to improve the livelihood of the communities living around the Kruger National Park.

“It certainly seems as if SANParks and the AWF have a lot in common and it is only natural for the two organizations to pool their respective resources so that efforts to develop the communities living on the borders of the Kruger National Park can be fine-tuned so that they really make a difference,” Mr Schraader said.

Specific objectives of the agreement include the creation of awareness of potential economic opportunities, the establishment of community institutions such as community development forums, capacity building of community members and co-operation on a number of other initiatives.

Included in this agreement is an arrangement that an AWF officer, Mr Patrick Chauke, is based in Skukuza with the aim of co-ordinating that organisation’s contribution to the various People and Conservation projects that are initiated in terms of the agreement.

The agreement will remain in force for the next five years and can be renewed for another five years, if both parties agree.

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Agreement: Acting KNP Executive Director, Mr Blake Schraader (right) and Dr Simon Munthali from African Wildlife Foundation signed an agreement of co-operation in Skukuza today (18 August  2005).

Issued by:
Raymond Travers
Media Relations Practitioner
Kruger National Park
Tel: 013 735 4116
Cell: 082 908 2677
E-mail

Enquiries:
William Mabasa
HOD: Public Relations and Communications
Kruger National Park
Tel: 013 735 4363
Cell: 082 807 3919
E-mail


Fact Sheet - SANParks/AWF Memorandum of Agreement

  • SANParks views people as one of its three core functions, the other two are conservation and tourism;
  • SANParks’ People and Conservation Department emerged from what used to be called Social Ecology into its own fully-functional department with representation on the highest decision-making body of SANParks;
  • Kruger National Park’s People and Conservation Department has established seven major forums with members of the local communities surrounding the park;
  • The seven KNP community forums meet on a regular basis with SANParks officials to discuss issues of mutual interest;
  • A number of successful businesses have already emerged thanks to efforts driven by the KNP’s People and Conservation Department. These include successful curio shops situated at Numbi, Kruger and Phalaborwa Entrance Gates;
  • AWF is an NGO based in White River. Contact telephone number is 013 751 2483.
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