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Media Release: KNP Commissions Birthday Song

Date: 9th June 2008

The organisers of the Kruger National Park’s 110th Anniversary Celebration have commissioned a composer to write a song to commemorate this special occasion as part of the planned celebrations.

KNP Commissions Birthday Song

The organisers of the Kruger National Park’s 110th Anniversary Celebration have commissioned a composer to write a song to commemorate this special occasion as part of the planned celebrations.

Called “Great Wilderness Great”, the song was written by Phalaborwa-based songwriter Mr Shalati Joseph Khosa and highlights the park’s conservation successes over the last 11 decades.

“The Kruger is a huge inspiration to me and I feel that it is one of our nation’s valuable heritage assets, so it was a natural step for me to write this song,” said Mr Khosa.



Mr. Shalati Joseph Khosa
hands over the lyrics of
the song “Great Wilderness
Great” to the KNP Choir. This
song will be publicly heard for
the first time during the
KNP Birthday Celebration.

Mr Khosa explained that it took him two days to write the song, which will be sung by the KNP’s choir at the main birthday event, which will take place in Skukuza on Saturday June 14, 2008.

Among the messages in the song are the ongoing conservation successes that the KNP continues to make, the fact that the park conserves biodiversity and wilderness and that a zebra is beautiful because of its black and white stripes and that we can all learn from this “beautiful blend”.

Mr Khosa, who is a big fan of the KNP, has been writing songs since his second year at high school in 1958. He is also the composer of Codesa’s Alternative National Anthem.

This new song “Great Wilderness Great” is just one way the KNP plans to highlight the fact that the KNP has had 110 years of conservation success.

“We are indeed celebrating something very special from a conservation point of view this year,” said the KNP’s Head of Public Relations, Mr William Mabasa, who also heads up the KNP 110 Conservation Celebration Organising Committee. “But we would like to share this achievement with as many stakeholders as possible, which is why we are planning an event that will last as long as three weeks,” he explained.

The forerunner to the KNP, the Sabie Game Reserve, was proclaimed by the Transvaal Boer Republic in 1898.

The KNP Birthday Celebration will take place from May 26 – June 14, 2008 at various venues in the park.

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