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Media Release: Sanparks Makes Six Additional Lodge Sites Available For Concessioning To Private Operators

Date: 2001-04-17

Following on from the successful tendering of seven concession sites last year, a further six sites are currently on offer: in Kruger, Cape Peninsula and Kgalagadi Transfrontier Parks. The process will follow the same approach adopted previously, with the granting of 20-year concessions to build, own and operate eco-tourism facilities within the National Parks.

VHR fundraising initiative held in the UK

Date: 2013-09-17

The Virtual Region of the SANParks Honorary Rangers is unique in that it is the only region that includes both international and local members. The Virtual Honorary Rangers (VHR’s) are located in cyberspace, where they perform their duties on the South African National Parks (SANParks) website and forums, as well as throughout the various parks.

Media Release: South African National Parks (SANParks) announces policy changes

Date: 2001-05-03

South African National Parks (SANParks) would like to notify prospective visitors to national parks of various policy changes regarding reservations and entry fees. These changes have been approved by the SANParks Board and are effective from 1 May 2001.

Media Release: Public Alert On Karbonkelberg Burn

Date: 2001-05-14

The Cape Peninsula National Park is conducting a control burn in the Karbonkelberg / Sandy Bay area today, Monday 14 May 2001. This forms part of the programme to control invading alien plants in the area, aimed ultimately at reducing the risk of fire to people and property and restoring the biodiversity and ecological integrity of the area. 

Media Release: "Operation Prevail" moves to Kruger National Park"

Date: 2001-05-23

"Operation Prevail", the code-name for the restructuring plan sweeping through South African National Parks (SANParks), has now moved to the Kruger National Park where Park Director, David Mabunda, in a speech to park employees on Friday May 18, broke news in terms of how it will affect the Park. 

Media Release: To Cell Or Not...The Results

Date: 2001-06-26

The great debate on whether cell phones should be allowed in National Parks has reached finality with the announcement of the results of the survey.

Media Release: The Waterberg unites against rhino poaching on World Rhino Day

Date: 2013-09-17

In commemoration of world rhino day which is on 22 September 2013, the South African National Parks (SANParks) and Save the Waterberg Rhino initiated a joint operation to help raise awareness and unite the Waterberg to help fight rhino poaching.

Media Release: Minister Receives 'go Green’ Pass From National Park

Date: 2001-06-27

The need for commercial development in the Cape Peninsula National Park (CPNP) can be drastically reduced if every one of the Capetonians who visit the park each year were to purchase a Go Green card. 

Media Release: Sanparks Rejects Allegations Of Irregularities In The Administration Of The Kruger National Park

Date: 2001-06-29

In a statement issued in Parliament today, the Democratic Alliance says that it has been alerted to gross irregularities in the administration of the Kruger National Park and cited the Satara Camp as an example. 

Media Release: Organisations and individuals to register with DEA for rhino poaching and fundraising projects

Date: 2013-09-16

13 September 2013 - The Department of Environmental Affairs is inviting all Non-Profit Organisations (NPOs), Non-Government Organisations (NGOs), businesses and individuals involved in fighting rhino poaching to register with the Department by 30 September 2013.

Last-minute availability for the Nyalaland Wilderness Trail

Date: 2013-09-16

We would like to advise that, due to a late cancellation, we have last-minute availability for six trailists on the Nyalaland Wilderness Trail commencing on Sunday the 22nd of September and returning on Wednesday the 25th of September 2013. 

Media Release: Kruger First Quarter Tourism Stats Tell a Different Story

Date: 2001-07-12

Despite all the negative publicity and accusations of poor service standards in the Kruger National Park, the park’s tourism statistics for the first quarter of the year (April-May-June 2001) paint the picture of a destination still very popular among nature lovers. According to the figures, which were released by the park authorities last week, the following trends have emerged: 

Media Release: Flower Season At West Coast National Park

Date: 2001-07-17

Wherever you look there are flower buds. Soon the West Coast National Park will come alive with colour as bright yellow Gazanias, gousblomme, colourful bokbaaivygies and fields of Cape rain daisies magically appear. 

Media Release: Progress report on the Greater Addo Project

Date: 2001-07-27

After a lengthy process, consultants were appointed in April this year to undertake a number of conservation and socio-economic assessments of the Greater Addo Elephant National Park

Media Release: Namaqualand Springs To Life

Date: 2001-07-31

The Skilpad section of the Namaqua National Park will be open to visitors from 1 August until 30 September 2001. More than 120mm of rain was recorded in July and the fields of daisies, characteristic of Skilpad, are in bloom.

Media Release: Lower Sabie On The Mend

Date: 2001-08-10

The long awaited upgrading project for the Lower Sabie Camp in the south-eastern Kruger National Park has officially been launched. 

Media Release: South African National Parks (SANParks) announces the winners of the second phase of its Commercialisation Programme

Date: 2001-08-15

South African National Parks (SANParks) announced the winners of the two ecotourism concession sites, as well as the winners of the tenders for restaurants and shops within SANParks, at its head office in Pretoria on 13 August 2001.

Media Release: South African National Parks Introduces "eight Natural Wonders In One Country"

Date: 2001-08-30

This weekend, South African National Parks (SANParks) embarks on an intensive media campaign with the aim of improving awareness among South Africans of the country’s own natural wonders.

Media Release: Details Of Fire In Kruger National Park

Date: 2001-09-05

Yesterday afternoon a fire started between the Skukuza and Pretoriuskop restcamps. The cause of the fire is unknown and firefighters are still trying to extinguish the blaze.

Media Release: Message Issued by the Presidency

Date: 2001-09-05

President Mbeki has learnt with shock of the tragedy in the Kruger National Park where 19 people lost their lives in a fire between Skukuza and Pretoriuskop rest-camps.

Media Release: Update on fire in the Pretoriuskop area of the Kruger National Park

Date: 2001-09-05

A fire broke out in the Pretoriuskop area of the Kruger National Park late on Tuesday afternoon. The cause of the fire is not yet known. As a result of the prevailing windy conditions, the fire got out of control despite the valiant efforts by the park’s Fire Fighting department to keep it under control. 

Media Release: KNP fire update

Date: 2001-09-06

The fire that devastated the Pretoriuskop area of the Kruger National Park in the past two days has been brought under control. Herewith an update on the situation as it is today.

Media Release: Kruger National Park Fire Disaster Update

Date: 2001-09-07

A memorial service will be held in the Kruger National Park (Skukuza rugby field) at 13:00 on Tuesday, 11 September, for the victims of the fire which destroyed 45 000 hectares of the park earlier this week. 23 people died in the blaze. 

Media Release: Funeral Service For Victims Of Kruger Fire

Date: 2001-09-13

A mass funeral service for 13 of the 23 victims of the fire which devastated Kruger National Park last week, will be held on Saturday, 15 September. Nine of the remaining victims from the Makoko community will be buried according to traditional rituals and one of the Kruger rangers from the Punda Maria area will be buried in his home town. 

Media Release: Funeral Service For Victims Of Kruger Fire

Date: 2001-09-14

In a show of solidarity for the victims of the fire in the Kruger last week, the Makoko community has decided to participate in the mass funeral service to be held in the Kruger National Park tomorrow (Saturday, 15 September). Twenty-two (22) of the victims will therefore be buried tomorrow. One of the Kruger rangers from the Punda Maria area will be buried in his home town. 

Media Release: Allegations of excessive salary increases for Kruger staff unfounded

Date: 2001-09-18

Allegations of excessive salary increases for certain staff members in the Kruger National Park have been reported in one of the Sunday papers. The report quoted MWU Solidarity (a trade union no longer recognised by SANParks as its membership has dwindled from 11 to nine members) as the source for the report. 

Media Release: South African National Parks - Tahr Position Statement

Date: 2001-09-28

The South African National Parks (SANParks) would like to state its position in response to a request from the Friend of the Tahr (FoTT) to extend a moratorium on the removal of the Himalayan Tahr from Table Mountain, Cape Peninsula National Park.

Media Release: Judge Ngobeni appointed to lead inquiry into Kruger National Park fire disaster

Date: 2001-10-05

Judge D.D. Ngobeni, Senior Magistrate of Nelspruit has been appointed to lead an independent inquiry into the fire that devastated the Pretoriuskop area of the Kruger National Park last month, killing a total of twenty three people. 

Media Release: Environmental Resource Centre opens in Namaqualand

Date: 2001-11-01

An Environmental Resource Centre that includes an education facility was officially opened today in the Skilpad section of the Namaqua National Park near Kamieskroon in Namaqualand.

Media Release: SANParks appoints Acting Head of Communications

Date: 2001-11-02

I wish to inform that Dr. Salifou Siddo has resigned his position as Head of Communications to take up his new appointment as Executive Director of the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa effective November 1st.

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