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How to eat an elephant

Date: 2014-10-02

The Garden Route National Park (GRNP) is not losing the fight against invasive alien species, according to Biodiversity Social Programmes Cluster Manager for the GRNP, Walter Mzimba. Invasive alien species (AIS) are the Southern Cape’s biggest challenge to conservation, as they are a fire hazard and suck up chunks of water. 

Skukuza Safari Lodge: Public participation registration phase

Date: 2014-10-01

Please note that the public registration phase for the proposed Skukuza Safari Lodge has resumed today, 1 October 2014 and will close on 31 October 2014.

Honorary Rangers to help furnish Historical Buildings in the Camdeboo National Park

Date: 2014-10-01

Thought to be about 160 years old, the Winterhoek house and adjacent wagon shed in the Camdeboo National Park are currently being restored to their original condition by the Rupert Historic Homes Foundation. While a number of proposals were put forward as an appropriate use for this site, it has been agreed to restore Winterhoek with a view to managing it in association with the SA College for Tourism, as an up-market visitor lodge. This option fulfills both the cultural heritage and tourism mandates of South African National Parks (SANParks).

Media Release: New acting CEO for SANParks

Date: 2014-10-01

South African National Parks (SANParks) has appointed Dr Nomvuselelo Songelwa as acting CEO.

Skukuza Safari Lodge Public Participation Opens

Date: 2014-09-29

South African National Parks (SANParks) today announced that the Public Participation process for the Skukuza Safari Lodge which is expected to open on 1 October 2014. SANParks invites all members of the public to participate in this process in the interest of transparency. 

Help us count Kruger's Cheetah and African Wild Dogs

Date: 2014-09-25

As part of our ongoing efforts to conserve two of our most threatened carnivores, the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) and the South African National Parks (SANParks) Honorary Rangers are launching the 6th Wild Dog and  4th  Cheetah Photographic Survey on 24 September 2014 in the Kruger National Park. Through this photographic survey, both organisations are giving members of the public the opportunity to become carnivore researchers and stand a chance to win great prizes.  

Media Release: Deputy Minister urges community participation to fight rhino poaching

Date: 2014-09-22

As communities and individuals around the world gathered to mark World Rhino Day, the Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs, Ms Barbara Thomson, has urged all people to take a firm stand against rhino poaching. 

Media Release: Arrest of suspected rhino poaching ringleader and police official welcomed

Date: 2014-09-22

21 September 2014 - The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa, has welcomed the arrest of a suspected rhino poaching ringleader and nine accomplices by the Directorate of Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks). 

Media Release: Free entrants more than triple in Frontier Region parks

Date: 2014-09-22

The number of people who visited the four South African National Parks in the Frontier Region (Addo Elephant, Camdeboo, Karoo and Mountain Zebra National Parks) during its free entry week more than doubled this year, compared to the same period last year.  The ninth annual South African National Parks Week was celebrated from 8 – 12 September, and afforded all South African citizens the opportunity to visit national parks free of charge for a day visit.

20% discount to online bookings at Golden Gate Highlands National Park

Date: 2014-09-22

South African National Parks (SANParks) is offering a special 20% discount on bookings, made online, for accommodation at Golden Gate Hotel & Chalets, Glen Reenen Rest Camp and Basotho Cultural Village in Golden Gate Highlands National Park

Media Release: SANParks arrests three of its own on suspected poaching charges

Date: 2014-09-22

21 September 2014, Skukuza - In a joint South African National Parks (SANParks) and South African Police Services (SAPS) operation today (Sunday, 21 September 2014) three SANParks employees were arrested in connection with rhino poaching in the Kruger National Park. 

Media Release: Success at 2014 SA National Parks Week

Date: 2014-09-22

The annual South African National Park Week hosted by South African National Parks (SANParks) was once again a success. This year’s event launched at Tsitsikamma in the Garden Route National Park on 8 September 2013 saw an increase of 85.9% resulting in a total number of 53 251 day visitors to various national parks during the focus week.

Media Release: Fires under control in the Kruger National Park

Date: 2014-09-19

Following the raging fires in the Kruger National Park (KNP) that lasted for over a week, South African National Parks (SANParks) can confirm that all four fires have been contained. 

Notice regarding the closure of Dias Beach path - Cape of Good Hope

Date: 2014-09-17

Management of the Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) would like to advise visitors to the park of the temporary closure of the stairs and boardwalk leading down to Dias Beach within the Cape of Good Hope Section. 

Media Release: New dining and shopping experiences in MZNP

Date: 2014-09-16

Mountain Zebra National Park will launch its exciting new restaurant and shop to the public on Heritage Day – next Wednesday, 24 September 2014.

Media Release: South Africans urged to work together to curb rhino poaching

Date: 2014-09-12

The Department of Environmental Affairs calls on all South Africans to work together to combat rhino poaching. 

Media Release: SANParks welcomes Vietnamese delegation visiting Kruger National Park

Date: 2014-09-11

South African National Parks (SANParks) welcomes a group of Vietnamese celebrities, media and top business people visiting the Kruger National Park (KNP) over the next 3 days. This according to Reynold Thakhuli, Acting Head of Communications, who said the visit, facilitated by SANParks Honorary Rangers in partnership with the Rhinose Foundation, will contribute to efforts towards the reduction in demand for rhino horn by debunking myths relating to the perceived medicinal value of rhino horn, and by exposing leading personalities to the harsh realities of rhino poaching.

Media Release: SANParks hailed at People & Parks Conference

Date: 2014-09-09

Speaking at the 6th People & Parks Conference, Chairperson of the National People and Parks Programme, Lourence Mogakane, hailed South African National Parks (SANParks) for its proactive actions in establishing Park Forums in various national parks. 

Media Release: FNB and Total SA partner with SANParks for free access to national parks

Date: 2014-09-08

In an effort to promote access to the natural beauty that South Africa has to offer, South African National Parks (SANParks) in partnership with First National Bank (FNB) and Total South Africa has opened the 9th official South African National Parks Week.

Remarks by hon Edna Molewa, Minister of Environmental Affairs - Rhino poaching debate

Date: 2014-09-03

Honourable members, since perhaps the dawn of time, the rhino, ubejane,
tsukudu, renoster has been emblematic of Africa. Of us as a continent,
and of us as a people.  

Free access to national parks during SA National Parks Week

Date: 2014-09-01

It’s that time of the year again where South African National Parks (SANParks) offers free entry to all South African citizens into almost all 19 South African National Parks across the country for one entire week. 

Free access to national parks during SA National Parks Week

Date: 2014-09-01

It’s that time of the year again where South African National Parks (SANParks) offers free entry to all South African citizens into almost all 19 South African National Parks across the country for one entire week. 

Free access to national parks during SA National Parks Week

Date: 2014-09-01

It’s that time of the year again where South African National Parks (SANParks) offers free entry to all South African citizens into almost all 19 South African National Parks across the country for one entire week. 

Free access to national parks during SA National Parks Week

Date: 2014-09-01

It’s that time of the year again where South African National Parks (SANParks) offers free entry to all South African citizens into almost all 19 South African National Parks across the country for one entire week. 

Free access to national parks during SA National Parks Week

Date: 2014-09-01

It’s that time of the year again where South African National Parks (SANParks) offers free entry to all South African citizens into almost all 19 South African National Parks across the country for one entire week. 

Media Release: The 2014 Kudu Awards deadline extended

Date: 2014-08-29

The 2014 Kudu Awards, organised by South African National Parks (SANParks) in partnership with First National Bank (FNB) and Total South Africa, has extended the deadline for entries to 15 September 2014. 

Breaching of the Swartvlei and Touw River

Date: 2014-08-29

SANParks and the local authority concerned are monitoring  the level of water for both Swartvlei and Touw River. 

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.


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