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Media Release: South African National Parks Hit The Road

Date: 2013-08-08

Calling all tour operators, travel agents, conference organizers, secretaries and PA’s, the South African National Parks (SANParks) Roadshow, an annual event is planned for 20 August 2012 to 22 August 2013. SANParks will visit three cities in three days, starting in Johannesburg at the FNB Conference Centre then moving to Durban at the Garden Court Marine Parade and finishing off in Cape Town at the Southern Sun Cape Sun.

Media Release: Rhino poaching update

Date: 2013-08-07

The total number of rhino poached in South Africa since January 2013 has reached 553, as the number of people arrested for rhino poaching-related offences climbs to 148. 

Kruger National Park flood damage update

Date: 2013-08-07

The latest update on the Kruger National Park flood damage as at 08:00 on 7 August 2013.

Scheduled Technical Downtime

Date: 2013-08-05

Due to infrastructure changes on site at the SANParks Head Office, the following services will not be available from Tuesday, 6 August 2013 at 20:00 p.m. until Wednesday, 7 August 2013 at 04:00 a.m:

Media Release: SANParks honours rangers for their hard work

Date: 2013-08-02

Rangers from various South African National Parks were out in the field on Wednesday, 31 July 2013 at Letaba Shooting Range in the Kruger National Park, where they celebrated their Ranger’s Day by demonstrating that they are a very important component of the organizations’ staff compliment; which is to combat poaching and to maintain the integrity of the national parks. 

Media Release: Update on Rhino Poaching

Date: 2013-07-31

The total number of alleged poachers arrested in South Africa since the beginning of the year has increased to 147.

Media Release: Kruger National Park rangers successfully arrest four poachers

Date: 2013-07-26

The South African National Parks (SANParks) on Thursday, 25 July 2013, confirmed the arrest of four poachers in the iconic Kruger National Park (KNP) by the SANParks Special Forces and Rangers. The arrests took place in two different sections of the park amid latest statistics released yesterday of 321 rhinos having been poached in the park this year alone.   

Media Release: Entry for SANParks Green Awards extended

Date: 2013-07-24

The 2013 Kudu Awards, organized by South African National Parks (SANParks) in partnership with First National Bank (FNB), has extended the deadline for entries until 8 August 2013. SANParks, Head of Communications, Paul Daphne said the Kudu Awards are becoming one of the best conservation awards programmes in the country in which a lot of companies, individuals as well as community groups enter to showcase their work around environment and conservation of natural resources.

Media Release: Rhino Issue Management Report published by the DEA

Date: 2013-07-24

The Department of Environmental Affairs today, 24 July 2013 released the Rhino Issue Management (RIM) Report which emanated from the national consultation process to facilitate a common understanding of the key issues related to the protection and conservation of South Africa’s rhino population. 

Media Release: South African National Parks Week dates announced

Date: 2013-07-24

Keeping in line with its vision statement of ‘Connecting to Society’, South African National Parks (SANParks) will be launching its eighth annual South African National Parks Week at Mokala National Park from 9 to 13 September 2013.

 

40% discount at Lilydale Rest Camp in Mokala National Park

Date: 2013-07-22

South African National Parks (SANParks) is offering a special 40% discount to short notice online reservations for accommodation at Lilydale Rest Camp in Mokala National Park. 

Media Release: Rhino poaching update

Date: 2013-07-18

(As at 09:00, Wednesday, 17 July 2013) - The total number of rhino poached in South Africa since the beginning of the year has increased to 488 with 142 alleged poachers being arrested. 

Media Release: SANParks devotes 67 minutes on Mandela Day

Date: 2013-07-18

In celebration of Mandela Day, staff from the South African National Parks’ (SANParks) head office spent the morning at Motheo wa Katlego Community Development centre in Winterveldt, north of Pretoria. The centre which is run by a group of volunteers supports 60 destitute children from the ages of six to 18 years old and takes care of Orphan Vulnerable children and HIV/AIDS infected and affected people. 

Media Release: Rhino carcass discovered in Marakele National Park

Date: 2013-07-18

A fresh rhino carcass, with its horn removed, was discovered yesterday in the northern section of the Marakele National Park near Thabazimbi in the Limpopo Province. 

Media Release: Parks in SANParks' Northern Region get ready for Mandela Day 2013

Date: 2013-07-17

The SANParks’ Northern Region (Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site and Golden Gate Highlands National Park) has heeded the call to action and will be joinining the world at large in celebrating 67 minutes of Mandela day. Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first democratically elected president gave 67 years of his life fighting for the rights of humanity, and on this day (his birthday) every global citizen is asked to selflessly donate 67 minutes of their time to those less fortunate.

Media Release: Parks in SANParks' Northern Region get ready for Mandela Day 2013

Date: 2013-07-17

The SANParks’ Northern Region (Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site and Golden Gate Highlands National Park) has heeded the call to action and will be joinining the world at large in celebrating 67 minutes of Mandela day. Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first democratically elected president gave 67 years of his life fighting for the rights of humanity, and on this day (his birthday) every global citizen is asked to selflessly donate 67 minutes of their time to those less fortunate.

Media Release: Awards aplenty for Mountain Zebra National Park

Date: 2013-07-16

Mountain Zebra National Park walked away from the 2012/13 SANParks Regional Awards evening with an armful of awards.  The ceremony is held annually to celebrate the top achievers from the four national parks in the Frontier Region – namely Addo Elephant-, Mountain Zebra-, Camdeboo- and Karoo National Parks.

Media Release: Animal casualty not a result of a controlled fire

Date: 2013-07-15

The South African National Parks (SANParks) would like to refute claims that a fire, which injured a young elephant and possibly a rhino in the Kruger National Park (KNP) recently was part of the controlled fires currently being administered in the park. 

Media Response: Sedgefield Ratepayers meeting feedback

Date: 2013-07-15

The Edge newspaper (dated 3 July 2013) highlighted feedback from the Sedgefield Ratepayers meeting (on page 8). SANParks wishes to bring these facts to the attention of the Ratepayers and the general public. The response is outlined in point form following the chronological order of the issues raised:

The SANParks 2013 Photographic Competition now open for entries!

Date: 2013-07-10

The SANParks 2013 Photographic Competition is now open for entries from 1 July 2013 until 31 August 2013.

Media Release: Mapungubwe restaurant still operational

Date: 2013-07-08

South African National Parks (SANParks) wishes to dismiss rumours that are spreading about the closure of Mapungubwe restaurant, which is situated in the Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage site, near Musina in Limpopo. The restaurant has merely changed operators and was not closed down.

Media briefing from Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs on the approval of the Rhino Trade Proposal

Date: 2013-07-04

South Africa is a Party and founding member of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, a trade convention that aims to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.

Media Release: 50% discount on all accommodation to celebrate 50 years of GGHNP

Date: 2013-09-02

On 13 September 1963, Golden Gate Highlands National Park (GGHNP) was officially proclaimed by the government as a national park and 2013 marks 50 years since that proclamation.

Latest update on the Kruger National Park flood damage

Date: 2013-09-13

The latest update on the Kruger National Park flood damage as at 12:00 on 13 September 2013.

Excellence in the Northern Region Parks awarded at an event in Golden Gate

Date: 2013-06-28

The South African National Park’s (SANParks) Northern Cluster parks, consisting of three national parks (Mapungubwe National Park & World Heritage Site, Marakele National Park and Golden Gate Highlands National Park), Achievement Awards took place on Thursday, 27 June 2013 at the Golden Gate Hotel in the Free State. This is one of the initiatives driven by the annual Kudu Awards in an attempt to award excellence throughout SANParks.

Professor Brian Allanson honoured by SANParks

Date: 2013-06-27

Professor Brian Allanson scooped the Research Award for 2013. He was honoured by SANParks during the Garden Route National Park (GRNP) Regional Awards, held in Tsitsikamma on 21 June 2013. 

Media Release: Rhino poaching update

Date: 2013-06-26

A total of 129 alleged rhino poachers have been arrested in South Africa since the beginning of the year.  

Media Release: Entries open for SANParks' Environmental Journalist Awards

Date: 2013-06-26

Entries for the South African National Parks' (SANParks) Environmental Journalist Awards, are open.

Invitation to participate in a Responsible Ecotourism questionnaire

Date: 2013-06-25

The Tourism Research entity (TREES) at North West University, in collaboration with South African National Parks (SANParks), is conducting research to develop responsible ecotourism rating/grading criteria for SANParks.

Media Release: The 2013 Kudu Awards opens for entries

Date: 2013-06-24

The 2013 Kudu Awards organized by South African National Parks (SANParks) in partnership with First National Bank (FNB), has opened for entries.


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