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Media Release: Commission of enquiry into the Kruger National Park Fire

Date: 2002-04-11

The commission of inquiry into the fire in the Kruger National Park on September 4th 2001 is set to begin on the 6th May 2002, chaired by Nelspruit Chief Magistrate Mr David Ngobeni. The commission will sit in the Kruger National Park for six days until the 11th of May 2002. Advocate M. Luphondo who will be leading the evidence will assist Magistrate Ngobeni.

Media Release: Sanparks Refutes Fire Claims

Date: 2002-04-19

On Tuesday the 16th of April 2002, Cape Peninsula National Park (CPNP) successfully initiated a control burn on Trappies Kop, an area above Kalk Bay/Clovelly, in order to remove more than 50 years worth of fuel build up and dry brush piles resulting from alien clearing operations. The park personnel conducted the operation under controlled conditions and this was concluded without any incident. This operation was necessary to prevent a wild fire situation that would have resulted in the loss of houses and other damage to private and municipal property. 

Media Release: UKUVUKA: Operation Firestop - Simons Town Fire

Date: 2002-04-19

Joint statement by the Cape Peninsula National Park and the Fire Services of the City of Cape Town

Media Release: Minister Moosa Launches a Multi-Country Tourism Initiative

Date: 2002-04-29

The Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Mohammed Valli Moosa, today launched a multi-country tourism initiative aimed at significantly boosting Africa’s global status as a unique tourism continent.

Media Release: Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park Project On Course

Date: 2002-04-30

The Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Mohammed Valli Moosa, has noted concerns that have been expressed concerning the matters relating to the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park. 

Media Release: Amendments to EIA Regulations

Date: 2002-05-08

The amendments to the current environmental impact assessment (EIA) regulations will be published on 10 May 2002 in the Government Gazette. 

Media Release: To burn or not to burn

Date: 2002-05-10

A RECENT prescribed burn by the Cape Peninsula National Park (CPNP) on Trappieskop above Kalk Bay and Clovelly has elicited a vociferous response from residents. 

Media Release: Moosa Officially Opens Bigger And Better Tourism Indaba

Date: 2002-05-13

The Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Mohammed Valli Moosa, officially opened a bigger and better Tourism Indaba.

Media Release: Minister Moosa Unveils Initiatives to Boost Tourism

Date: 2002-05-13

The Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Mohammed Valli Moosa, today announced tourism initiatives by the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT) which will significantly contribute to tourism promotion and growth in the country. 

Media Release: Roan Antelope operation, response to the Citizen newspaper article

Date: 2002-05-21

The National SPCA is currently investigating a charge of animal cruelty, alleged to have occurred in an operation conducted by SANParks in 2001 to establish the rare roan antelope into national parks in South Africa. During the operation 106 roans were captured in Botswana. Of these 81 were successfully established in the Vaalbos and Marakele National Parks, but the operation was marred by the deaths of 30 animals. Among the mortalities were pregnant cows, that died mostly from capture and confinement related stress, and calves that were born during the time their mothers were being held in quarantine facilities.

Media Release: Tiger Express: Visit to South Africa-May 29-June 4-2002

Date: 2002-05-24

In a pioneering initiative to share conservation strategies across continents, a four-person delegation of Young International Tiger Ambassadors is headed from India for South Africa. This is a unique idea where four children and their guardians, along with Bittu Sahgal, Editor, Sanctuary and member of the Indian Board for Wildlife, will carry India’s tiger conservation message to South Africa. South African National Parks will host these four young ‘International Tiger Ambassadors’ in the Kruger National Park.

Media Release: Unitrans Volkswagen steps up again to fight rhino poaching

Date: 2013-10-01

27 September 2013 - Unitrans Volkswagen is the proud establisher of the Unite against Poaching initiative. The handing over of this 4 x 4 Volkswagen Amarok  by Kevin Gillmer , Divisional Chief Executive of Unitrans Volkswagen, to Major General Johan Jooste, Officer Commanding Special Projects Kruger National Park, confirms our sustained commitment to ensuring that the field rangers on the ground have the skills and equipment to allow them to continue their fight against Rhino poaching.  This vehicle will facilitate General Jooste having access to all areas of the Kruger National Park in his on-going battle against the scourge of rhino poaching. 

Media Release: Kruger National Park: Alleged Irregularities on the Killing of a Giraffe Bull

Date: 2002-06-07

Background: In order to breed disease-free buffalo in Kruger National Park, management set aside an area of approximately 900ha to the south west of Satara rest camp. The breeding of disease-free buffalo necessitated the construction of an exclosure to keep other animals out. The construction of the camp started in October last-year and the fencing was completed in mid-January 2002.

Media Release:Open line to the Minister: Minister Moosa launches Internet chatroom to communicate directly with public

Date: 2002-06-13

The Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Mohammed Valli Moosa, today launched an internet chatroom which will see members of the public communicating directly to him.

Media Release: A final call to all youth and children to claim their share of the WSSD Legacy

Date: 2002-06-14

More prizes and excitement as the Art and Essay Challenge promises to be a pre summit showpiece.

Media Relaese: Development rights on Oudekraal property

Date: 2002-06-20

CAPE TOWN'S environmental community is over the moon at today's High Court judgment that controversial Cape Town landowner Kasper Wiehahn does not have township development rights on his Oudekraal property adjoining Camps Bay. 

Media Release: Launch of Morula Kids Competition 2002

Date: 2002-08-01

In its endeavours to bring more South Africans closer to their natural heritage, SANParks has launched this year’s Morula Kids Competition. This annual competition targets primary school children from grade 1 to 7 and gives them an opportunity to win a trip for 10 to a national park. All they have to do is work on a creative project of their choice, guided by the question ‘why do we need national parks?’ 

Media Release: Flower season opens in Namaqua National Park

Date: 2002-08-02

Kamieskroon, Namaqualand, Northern Cape. The Skilpad section of the Namaqua National Park is ablaze with colour as the annual spring flowers begin to bloom. Above average winter rains have resulted in spectacular displays that are expected to last through until late September or even early October. According to the Namaqua National Park manager, Mr. Matthew Norval, the current season is expected to be one of the best in years and large numbers of visitors are anticipated. The Namaqua National Park is situated 21 kilometres from Kamieskroon in North- Western Namaqualand and 500 kilometres north of Cape Town. 

Media Release: Moosa Suspends Japanese Fishing In Sa Waters

Date: 2002-08-02

Since 1977, up to 200 Japanese and Taiwanese fishing vessels have been issued with annual fishing permits to catch tuna in South African waters. This figure has been greatly reduced over the past few years to the current level of 55 permits for Japanese vessels and 12 permits for Taiwanese vessels. The bi-lateral agreement with Taiwan has already been cancelled, effectively ending Taiwanese fishing in South African waters when the last permits expire at the end of this year

Media Release: SA translocate more wildlife to Mozambique

Date: 2002-08-12

Translocation a demonstration of SA's commitment to Trans-national Cooperation for Sustainable Development The development of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, Africa's largest transfrontier conservation area, will receive yet another boost this week when South Africa translocates more wildlife to the Mozambican side of the Park. In October last year, South Africa's Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Mohammed Valli Moosa, began the process of relocating 1 000 elephants to the Mozambican side of the park when he handed over the first 40 elephants to the Mozambican Minister of Tourism, Mr Fernando Sumbana

Media Release: Extension of closing date - Morula Kids Competition

Date: 2002-08-21

South African National Parks would like to notify all Primary schools that the closing date for the annual Morula Kids Competition for grade 1-7 learners has been extended to September 30 2002.

Media Release: No trophy hunting in Kruger

Date: 2002-09-16

On Sunday (15 September 2002) a false and alarmist story about proposed hunting in the Kruger National Park (KNP) was published by the Rapport newspaper and touched the raw nerve of the nation. The KNP is the nation’s icon that we should all be proud of and protect with our lives should the need arise. It is synonymous to patriotism and anyone that willfully set out to harm its image or what it stands for tries our nation’s patience beyond the limit. 

Media Release: Kruger National Parks gears for the Eclipse

Date: 2002-10-28

PREPARATIONS at the Kruger National Park for the December 4 total eclipse of the sun are already at an advanced stage and bookings for this event have been received from local as well as international visitors.

Media Release: KNP: Orionides Meteor Shower

Date: 2002-11-05

Between the 14th & 20th of November 2002 we are expecting a meteor shower in the eastern sky. These meteors are known as the "Orionides" and will appear in the area of the constellation of Orion.

Media Release: Africa's super park to be formally launched in December

Date: 2002-11-26

The Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Mohammed Valli Moosa, has announced that the Treaty to formally establish one of the world's largest transfrontier conservation areas, the Great Limpopo Transfronteir Park (GLTP), will be signed in December this year.

Media Release: SANParks: Morula Kids Competition

Date: 2002-12-02

KIMBERLEY SNATCHES 1ST PRIZE IN SANPARKS PRIMARY SCHOOL ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS COMPETITION.

Media Release: Tourist dies in the Kruger National Park

Date: 2002-12-30

A day visitor to the Kruger National Park died in the early morning of Sunday 29 December 2002 when the vehicle they were travelling in was swept off a causeway over the Bume River between Crocodile Bridge and Malelane in the south-eastern corner of the Park. Johan Steyn (50) together with his wife, Petro (48), his son Jaco (24) with his girlfriend, Elana van Wyk (20), who were staying at Ngwenya Lodge, were crossing the Bume causeway at about 07:00.

Media Release: Air France to Help Promote SA National Parks in France

Date: 2000-10-20

Air France, the French national carrier which flies daily from Johannesburg to Paris, has undertaken to help the SANP (South African National Parks) promote its parks in France, the fastest growing tourism source market in Europe

Media Release: Cellular Telephones in National Parks - Public Opinion Survey

Date: 2000-12-18

The use of cellular telephones in National Parks has become a controversial matter and it appears that opinions regarding this are divergent. The SANP (South African National Parks) is the custodian of the National Parks System on behalf of the people of South Africa and in terms of the appropriate legislation it is deemed necessary to undertake a "Public Opinion Survey" in this regard (a briefing document and questionnaire concerning this matter is attached).

Media Realese: Bumper holiday season for Kruger National Park

Date: 2001-01-12

Despite all the talk of malaria, cholera and foot-and-mouth disease, the month of December has been a bumper holiday season for the Kruger National Park.


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