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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.

40% discount on accommodation and camping at Nature's Valley in the GRNP

Date: 2013-06-24

South African National Parks (SANParks) is offering a special 40% discount to short notice online reservations for accommodation and camping at Nature’s Valley Rest Camp in the Garden Route National Park. 

Media Release: Kruger National Park achievers dazzle for top notch

Date: 2013-06-24

The 13th Kruger National Park (KNP) Achievement Awards took place on Friday, 21 June 2013 in Skukuza. The award recipients displayed great pleasure and pride as they walked the stage to collect their prizes.

Latest update on the Kruger National Park flood damage

Date: 2013-06-21

The latest update on the Kruger National Park flood damage as at 10:00 on 21 June 2013.

Media Release: Rhino poaching update

Date: 2013-06-20

The total number of rhino poached since the beginning of the year has risen to 428.  

Mokala National Park celebrates Arid Region Achievers and its 6th birthday

Date: 2013-06-20

The South African National Parks' (SANParks) Arid Regional Achievement Awards took place on Wednesday, 19 June, 2013 in Mokala National Park. The hosting park, Mokala also celebrated its 6th birthday with all the award winners. The venue buzzed with excitement and anticipation in line with the special “Digging for Diamonds” themed event. 

Media Release: Shingwedzi reopens some of its facilities to tourists

Date: 2013-06-13

The Kruger National Park (KNP)’s Shingwedzi Rest Camp will reopen some of its facilities to tourists tomorrow, 14 June 2013; after it was temporarily closed in January due to floods that saw the whole Rest Camp under water.  

Media Release: Rhino poaching update

Date: 2013-06-12

The Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa, is to meet Mozambique's Minister of Tourism, Mr Carvalho Muaria, in Maputo on Friday as part of ongoing efforts to improve relations between the two countries. 

Special long weekend discounts at Augrabies Falls National Park

Date: 2013-06-12

South African National Parks (SANParks) is offering special discounts to short notice online reservations for selected accommodation and camping at Augrabies Falls National Park for the forthcoming long weekend. 

Media Release: Mountain Zebra NP hosts "Take A Girl Child To Work Day"

Date: 2013-06-11

Mountain Zebra National Park, outside Cradock, hosted 26 girls and three teachers from the town under Cell C’s “Take a Girl Child to Work Day” programme recently.

Go wild this winter with SANParks Cape Region

Date: 2013-06-11

Winter is slowly shedding its tag as a ‘time to stay indoors’ and as more and more people use this time to explore outdoor alternatives, SANParks wants to make your time memorable and is offering discounts of up to  40%  at some of its accommodation and camping sites in the Cape Region. Look forward to free cableway rides for kids, delicious and hearty meals at restaurants inside the national parks, and experience winter like you never have before.   

Go wild this winter with SANParks Cape Region

Date: 2013-06-11

Winter is slowly shedding its tag as a ‘time to stay indoors’ and as more and more people use this time to explore outdoor alternatives, SANParks wants to make your time memorable and is offering discounts of up to  40%  at some of its accommodation and camping sites in the Cape Region. Look forward to free cableway rides for kids, delicious and hearty meals at restaurants inside the national parks, and experience winter like you never have before.   


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