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Media statement from the Department of Environmental Affairs

Date: 2014-07-11

The Minister of Environmental Affairs gazettes the prescribed norms and standards for the management of Protected Areas in South Africa and invites public participation.

Media Release: Rhino Poaching update

Date: 2014-07-10

The number of rhino poached since the beginning of 2014 has increased to 558, with 157 people being arrested for rhino poaching. 

Media Release: SANParks applauds court sentence

Date: 2014-07-09

South African Nationals Parks (SANParks) today welcomed the sentencing of two Mozambican Nationals to 16 years in prison for poaching and related offences. They were sentenced in the Nelspruit Magistrates Court.

Media Release: SA National Parks Week dates announced

Date: 2014-07-07

South African National Parks (SANParks) will be launching its 9th annual SA National Parks Week at Tsitsikamma in the Garden Route National Park from 8 to 12 September 2014. This is in line with its vision statement of ‘Connecting to Society’.

Hope Spot comes to Knysna

Date: 2014-07-07

Partners in Knysna (SANParks, the Eden District Municipality, Knysna Municipality, Cape Nature, Knysna Basin Project, Biowise, Lakes Bird Club) are pulling efforts and resources to put Knysna on the map as the next Hope Spot.  

Media Release: The 2014 Kudu Awards call for nominations

Date: 2014-07-04

South African National Parks (SANParks)  is once again calling for the 2014 annual Kudu Awards nominations. In its 10th year of celebration, the Kudu Awards is SANParks’ way of honouring and celebrating those people who eat, sleep and breath conservation. 

Media Release: Water in Knysna estuary meets set criteria

Date: 2014-07-02

The recreational site allocated for swimming and other related sporting activities during the upcoming Knysna Oyster Festival meets set standards.  This was confirmed by at least seven samples collected from the deep water channel at the turn of the tide last week. 

Media Release: Invite to participate in the process of Panel of Expert investigating the feasibility of legalising rhino horn trade

Date: 2014-06-30

Panel of Experts invites stakeholder participation as it explores rhino horn trade feasbility as part of South Africa's comprehensive integrated approach to reduce rhino poaching.

Media Release: Youth gather at Marakele National Park for Environmental Education

Date: 2014-06-30

South African National Parks (SANParks) hosted its Environmental Education weekend for the youth at Marakele National Park. The weekend camp was attended by a total of 60 learners from Gauteng and is part of SANParks’ Kudu Green School Initiative (KGSI), an environmental programme which started in 2010 that is targeted at the urban school-going children.

Response to letter in the Knysna Plett-Herald

Date: 2014-06-26

Subsequent to the letter published in the Knysna-Plett Herald (dated 26 June 2014) citing incorrect facts, SANParks would like to assure citizens that none of its employees who were provided with houses are facing evictions.  

Rich, diverse sea wildlife

Date: 2014-06-26

There are at least three places where sea wildlife can be spotted in the Garden Route National Park (GRNP).  Dolphins and whales are often seen diving in and out of the water from the Storms River Rest Camp which overlooks the Tsitsikamma Marine Protected Area (MPA), Kranshoek (Knysna forest, also part of the Park) and the Heads in Knysna (part of the protected Lakes Area).

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. 

Media Release: KNP gate quotas set for the school holidays

Date: 2014-06-24

Day Visitors to the Kruger National Park (KNP) are requested to take note of gate quotas when planning their visit, as these will strictly be enforced during the coming school holidays which start on Saturday, 28 June until Sunday, 20 July 2014. 

Media Release: SANParks gears up for tourism growth

Date: 2014-06-20

The SANParks Infrastructure Program is in the process of investing significant amounts of money into various tourism infrastructures in the Table Mountain National Park (TMNP). 

Fun holiday programme awaits at Camdeboo National Park

Date: 2014-06-20

Calling all parents in and around Graaff-Reinet!  

Media Release: Karoo National Park scoops top award

Date: 2014-06-20

Karoo National Park outside Beaufort West has received a 2014 Certificate of Excellence from the international travel site, TripAdvisor.

Bookings open for Sasol/Addo Birding Weekend

Date: 2014-06-20

Avid birders should not delay in making their bookings for the Sasol Addo Birding Weekend which will be held in Addo Elephant National Park from 31 October – 2 November 2014.

Media Release: Misleading placards in the Kruger National Park

Date: 2014-06-18

SANParks would like to warn people placing posters, flyers and notices containing incorrect rhino poaching information at look-out points, rocks and trees in the Kruger National Park (KNP); to refrain from such tendency. Placing such placards on undesignated areas, without permission is not allowed in a National Park and also misinforms tourists.

Winter school fun at Mountain Zebra National Park

Date: 2014-06-18

Younger day visitors and overnight guests alike can enjoy a two week long holiday programme of fun learning at Mountain Zebra National Park outside Cradock, from Sunday, 29 June to Friday, 11 July 2014.

The relative importance of iconic animals in selected SANParks

Date: 2014-06-13

You are invited to participate in an academic research study and official SANPakrs project which aims to determine the relative importance of the presence of iconic animals (elephant, rhinoceros, buffalo, lion, leopard, wild dogs, cheetah, giraffe, hippo) in selected SANParks and the influence they have on visitor numbers, types of visitors and their willingness to pay.

SANParks driver cautioned

Date: 2014-06-11

In light of the uproar with regards to the recent YouTube video showing a South African National Parks (SANParks) vehicle forcing an elephant and a calf off the road, a full investigation was concluded, which included the studying of the footage, information from the witnesses as well as the account from the driver.  

Hello little cheetah cubs!

Date: 2014-06-09

Mountain Zebra National Park's seven cheetah cubs are a few months old now and they’re all doing well.

Statement by the Department of Environmental Affairs on trade in rhino horn

Date: 2014-06-09

6 June 2014 - Recent media reports on the issue of possible trade in rhino horns by South Africa have been mischievous and have evidently been playing to the gallery by seeking to create confusion with regards to the government’s position on the proposed trade in rhino horns.

Media Release: Tsitsikamma volunteers scoop Honorary Ranger of the Year

Date: 2014-06-09

The Honorary Rangers in Tsitsikamma scooped the 2013 Award at a recent ceremony. Chairman of the National Executive Committee, Louis Lemmer, says the team in Tsitsikamma has displayed a high level of passion for conservation. 

Media Release: An update on Mountain Zebra National Park's lion

Date: 2014-06-06

All indications are that the three lion introduced into Mountain Zebra National Park outside Cradock in April last year have settled down well in their new home.

Media Release: Rupert Foundations helps to develop tourism in Camdeboo National Park

Date: 2014-06-06

The Winterhoek homestead and adjacent wagon shed in Camdeboo National Park are currently being restored to their original condition by the Rupert Historic Homes Foundation.  The end product will be a guest house for the accommodation of overnight visitors to the Park. 

Media Release: SANParks raises its voice on World Environment Day

Date: 2014-06-05

People across the globe are celebrating the World Environment Day (WED) today, 5 June 2014, under the theme "International Year of Small Islands Developing States (SIDS)”. The slogan this year is "Raise your voices, not the sea levels" and that is exactly what South African National Parks (SANParks) is doing across the country.

Media Release: Cooperating towards protecting water sources in the GRNP

Date: 2014-06-02

‘Raise your voice, not your sea level’

Media Release: SANParks distances itself from job scams in the GGHNP

Date: 2014-06-02

Golden Gate Highlands National Park (GGHNP) managed by South African National Parks (SANParks), would like to distance itself from the job scam happening in the Qwaqwa area.

Heads-up! The SANParks Times winter edition is on its way!

Date: 2014-05-30

Need your fix of news from our national parks? Get your hands on the June edition of the SANParks Times, about to hit the streets. The printed version will be available as from Monday, 2 June 2014. The online version is already available. Subscribe now to see it first! 


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