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SANParks Board Media Release

Date: 2014-08-28

SANParks notes that in a number of media and social media articles, it is incorrectly stated that SANParks has sold 260 rhinos to private land owners in the Northern Cape.

Media Release: More arrests in the Mapungubwe poaching case

Date: 2014-08-28

Makhado - one more suspect in the case of a rhino poaching incident that took place in Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site in July, has been arrested. This follows the arrest of four other suspects earlier this month.

Media Release: SANParks puts translocation of rhino into perspective

Date: 2014-08-28

South African National Parks (SANParks) today responded to recent reports that Cabinet’s decision to translocate rhino from the Iconic Kruger National Park has been postponed.

Body of a man found in Mapungubwe National Park

Date: 2014-08-25

South African National Parks (SANParks) confirms that a body of a male estimated to be in his early forties was discovered in the Western side of the Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site on Saturday, 23 August 2014 by Rangers who were on patrol.

Media Release: Free access to National Parks starts in two weeks

Date: 2014-08-25

South African National Park (SANParks) is again opening its doors for free from Monday, 8 September 2014 until Friday, 12 September 2014 as part of the annual South African National Parks Week. This campaign under the established theme ‘Know Your National Parks’ will allow locals with valid identity documents an opportunity to spend a day at a national park of their choice, free of charge.

Namaqua National Park Flower Report

Date: 2014-08-22

Namaqua National Park Flower Report as on 12 August 2014. South African National Parks (SANParks) would like to update guests about the flowers in Namaqua National Park this season.

Media Release: Local tourists get involved in an accident in the KNP

Date: 2014-08-21

An elephant overturned a vehicle driven by local tourists at Sable Dam near Phalaborwa Gate in the Kruger National Park (KNP) around 07:15 this morning. A local doctor rushed to the scene of the accident to attend to tourists immediately and they are all well with minor injuries. 

Media Release: Reward offered for info on Addo's jackal poisoning

Date: 2014-08-21

Addo Elephant National Park is offering a reward of R10 000 for information which may lead to the successful prosecution of the person/s responsible for the poisoning of 36 jackals and two crows in the Park.

Media Release: Addo Elephant National Park jackals poisoned

Date: 2014-08-19

A toxicology report has revealed that the cause of death of 36 jackals, two crows and two unconfirmed bat-eared foxes in Addo Elephant National Park last week was the carbamate pesticide “methomyl”.

Suspected rhino poachers in Mapungubwe appear in court

Date: 2014-08-19

South African National Parks (SANParks) Environmental Crime Investigators (ECI) in partnership with the South African Police Services Special Organised Crime arrested four suspected rhino poachers following poaching of a white rhino on 23 July 2014 in Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site outside Musina, Limpopo. 

Free entry into the Garden Route National Park

Date: 2014-08-18

Over 1, 500 people last year responded to the call to visit the Garden Route National Park (GRNP) for free. This year, SANParks invites all members of the public to visit various sections of the picturesque Garden Route National Park(GRNP) during SA National Parks Week (8 – 12 September 2014). The nine-year old campaign held every September encourages all members of the public, young and old to visit National Parks.

Namaqua National Park Flower Report

Date: 2014-08-15

Namaqua National Park Flower Report as on 12 August 2014. South African National Parks (SANParks) would like to update guests about the flowers in Namaqua National Park this season.

Media Release: SANParks Honorary Rangers presented with award

Date: 2014-08-14

At the Rhino Conservation Awards 2014, held recently at Montecasino in Johannesburg, the SANParks Honorary Rangers were presented with a rhino conservation award. This important event also coincided with the celebration of World Ranger Day.

Media Release: Environmental Affairs Minister leads implementation of integrated strategic management of rhinos in SA

Date: 2014-08-12

The South African Government will implement integrated strategic management of rhinoceros in South Africa.

Media Release: Jackal carcasses discovered in Addo Elephant National Park

Date: 2014-08-12

11 August 2014 - Conservation staff at Addo Elephant National Park have discovered the carcasses of 21 jackals and one crow in the main game viewing area of the park, following reports from tourists early this morning.

Full moon success for Kruger rangers and the SANDF

Date: 2014-08-12

11 August 2014 - South African National Parks (SANParks) today announced a successful operations deployment during the full moon this weekend against rhino poachers in the Kruger National Park (KNP). 

Media Release: Invitation to join the Camdeboo National Park Forum

Date: 2014-08-06

Camdeboo National Park and its current Park Forum members are calling all interested stakeholders to join them at their next meeting on Thursday 21 August.

Media Release: South Africa completes ratification of the Benguela current convention

Date: 2014-08-05

The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa has announced that South Africa has completed the ratification process of the Benguela Current Convention (BCC). 

Trail buffet

Date: 2014-08-05

The AFB Southern Cross Trail Run takes place in one of South Africa’s hotspots for holiday destinations and serene outdoor vistas. Where towering mountains and thick indigenous forest meet azure blue oceans teaming with sea life and rolling breakers. This is the Garden Route of South Africa and surely one of the premium locations for this trail running extravaganza. 

Marakele National Park commemorates World Rangers Day

Date: 2014-08-05

Rangers from Marakele National Park left their posts for a while and gathered at the Park’s sports grounds on Thursday, 31 July 2014 to commemorate World Rangers Day. This is a yearly event which aims to honour those rangers who lost their lives in the line of duty and acknowledge the brave, tireless and critical role of the park rangers around the world in protecting the world’s natural systems and endangered species.

Media Release: Publication of amended Alien & Invasive Species Regulations

Date: 2014-08-05

4 August 2014 - The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has published the amended regulations on Alien and Invasive Species (AIS) in terms of the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act on Friday, 1 August 2014. 

Media Release: World Ranger Day celebrated at Addo Elephant National Park

Date: 2014-07-31

Rangers from the four national parks in the Frontier region converged at Addo Elephant National Park today to commemorate World Ranger Day.

Committed to conservation

Date: 2014-07-31

As rangers gather around the globe to commemorate International Rangers Day, their counterparts who work in the Garden Route National Park (GRNP) want to spend the day rekindling their love for nature. ‘It is nature that underpins tourism in the Park’ says Regional coordinator for the campaign, Owen Govender, who is also the Senior Section Ranger for the Knysna section of the Park.

Media Release: Supporting our rangers who protect our rhino

Date: 2014-07-31

A single day is never enough to celebrate the commitment and dedication of those people who put their lives at risk to look after our children’s heritage.  In the ongoing fight to preserve our natural heritage, World Ranger Day is just such a day. This day is observed across the world on the 31st of July and it is a chance to celebrate the work of our rangers and also to remember those who have lost their lives in protecting our national parks.

Birders identification and conservation course - Pretoria region

Date: 2014-07-31

One of SANParks' peers in the conservation arena, Birdlife SA, through their Western Cape Birding initiative, is running another bird identification and conservation course in the Greater Pretoria region on the 25th and 26th of September 2014.

Bookings open for Punda Mania Team Birding Event 2014

Date: 2014-07-25

Enjoy a unique birding experience that only Punda Maria has to offer this November. The SANParks Honorary Rangers of the West Rand region will be hosting the successful Punda Mania Birding Event once again, from 13 to 16 November 2014.

Media Release: Rhino carcass discovered in Mapungubwe National Park

Date: 2014-07-24

South African National Parks (SANParks) today announced that a fresh rhino bull carcass, with its horns removed, was discovered yesterday in the Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site near Musina in Limpopo Province. The crime scene is currently being investigated by a South African Police Services forensics team together with SANParks Environmental Crime Investigators.

Address by SANParks Chairperson, Mr Kuseni Dlamini to the media

Date: 2014-07-23

Ladies and gentlemen of the media thank you kindly for honouring our invitation and also showing interest in the affairs of South African National Parks. This meeting aims to put in context important aspects of SANParks affairs and please take note that this is based on facts.

Media Release: SANParks congratulates Magistrate Msibi for sentencing

Date: 2014-07-22

South African National Parks (SANParks) today, 22 July 2014,  welcomed the heavy sentencing of a rhino poacher to a total of 77 years in prison for rhino poaching and related offences. He was sentenced in the Nelspruit Magistrates Court today.

33% discount to online bookings for accommodation & camping in Cape region

Date: 2014-07-22

South African National Parks (SANParks) is offering a special 33% discount to short notice online reservations for accommodation and camping at three National Parks in the Western Cape. 


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