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Media Release: More buffalo for Marakele National Park

Date: 2014-04-07

Following the successful re-introduction of a herd of 20 buffalo which comprised of nine cows and eleven bulls in Marakele National Park in 2013, ten cows were released into the park early this morning.

Kruger National Park heavy rains update

Date: 2014-04-02

An update on the heavy rains in the Kruger National Park as on 24 March 2014 at 09:00.

A chemical analysis of the recent red tide incident in Knysna

Date: 2014-04-01

Recent water samples in the Knysna estuary suggest a bloom in nitrate and phosphate levels were higher than expected for the estuary during summer. Additional samples collected at the Thesen Island Jetty indicate a decrease in the concentration of nutrients during the first collapse of the bloom. 

Media Release: SANParks announce appointment of interim CEO

Date: 2014-03-31

The South African National Parks (SANParks) Board has appointed Mr. Abe Sibiya, the Managing Executive of Kruger National Park (KNP), as the acting Chief Executive Officer from 1 April 2014 as the current Chief Executive Officer’s term of office ends on 31 March 2014. He will have the support and assistance of the Board on all strategic matters as well as help from the Department of Environmental Affairs in terms of rhino management.

Augrabies Falls National Park waterfall expected to reach record high since 2011

Date: 2014-03-28

South African National Parks (SANParks) is again expecting visitors to flock to Augrabies Falls National Park (ANP) near Upington in the Northern Cape as water levels are expected to reach a three year high. The Orange River will be in full force and with water flowing at 850 cubic metres per second. 

SANParks Board thank Dr Mabunda for 15 years service

Date: 2014-03-27

Dr David Mabunda’s career as Chief Executive Officer of SANParks will come to an end on 31 March 2014, after two 5-year contractual terms.

Speech by the Minister of Water & Environmental Affairs at the launch of the 2050 Pathways

Date: 2014-03-27

26 March 2014 - Speech by the Minister of Water & Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa, at the launch of the 2050 Pathways Calculator for South Africa and report on greenhouse gas emissions associated with shale gas. Read by Deputy Director General: Climate Change & Air Quality, Ms Judy Beaumont.

Deputy Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs opens talks between SA and Vietnam

Date: 2014-03-24

Deputy Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Ms Rejoice Mabudafhasi opens official talks between South Africa and Vietnam on Biodiversity Conservation and Management.

Media Release: Kruger National Park back to normal after floods

Date: 2014-03-19

The Kruger National Park (KNP), like most of the Mpumalanga Province, experienced a lot of rain in the past two weeks which resulted in the facilities being closed for safety reasons, when rivers started overflowing and dams got filled to capacity.

Media Release: SANParks calls for participation in Emerging Tuskers Project

Date: 2014-03-18

South African National Parks (SANParks) calls on the public to participate in the Emerging Tuskers Project based in the Letaba Elephant Museum in the Kruger National Park (KNP). 

Re-routing of Hoerikwaggo Trail

Date: 2014-03-18

A section of the Hoerikwaggo Trail between the Slangkop Tented Camp and the Silvermine Tented Camp, used by hikers to climb the southern slopes of Chapman’s Peak, will soon be closed. 

Is the red tide back or is salinity causing red-brownish colour?

Date: 2014-03-18

Reddish-brown currents were identified in the Knysna estuary at Leisure Isle, Lake Pleasant (Sedgefield), Lake Brenton and at the Heads over the weekend.

Media Release: Visit Augrabies Falls National Park to witness the power of nature

Date: 2014-03-17

Augrabies Falls National Park (AFNP) in the Northern Cape, is expecting the Orange River to be in full force over the next week. After two weeks of rain around the country, the power and force of the waterfall will once again live up to its name of  "the place of Great Noise".

Kruger National Park heavy rains update

Date: 2014-03-18

An update on the heavy rains in the Kruger National Park as on 18 March 2014 at 12:00.

Media Release: Rhino poaching update

Date: 2014-03-17

14 March 2014 - The total number of rhino poached in South Africa since the beginning of 2014 has increased to 172, as the number of people arrested for rhino poaching-related offences climbed to 54. 

Speech by the Minister regarding the donation by the Howard G Buffet Foundation

Date: 2014-03-14

Speech by the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Mrs BEE Molewa, on the donation of R250 million to SANParks by the Howard G Buffet Foundation.

Media Release: Howard Buffett R255 million donation to rhino conservation

Date: 2014-03-14

Johannesburg - The Howard G. Buffett Foundation (HGBF), a private foundation in the United States; the Nature Conservation Trust (NCT), a South African public benefit organization (PBO); and South African National Parks (SANParks) today announced an historic RAND 255 million (USD $23.7 million), three-year initiative to combat rhino poaching in Kruger National Park and test anti-poaching tactics that can be applied in other regions of Africa, where poaching can be a source of funding for armed groups. The announcement was made at the Rosebank office of Standard Bank, which also announced its own support for the initiative by providing favorable banking fees and interest on the funds which they will hold.

20% discount to online bookings at Golden Gate Hotel & Chalets

Date: 2014-03-12

South African National Parks (SANParks) is offering a special 20% discount on midweek (Sunday - Thursday) bookings, made online, for accommodation at Golden Gate Hotel & Chalets in Golden Gate Highlands National Park. 

Kruger National Park heavy rains update

Date: 2014-03-14

An update on the heavy rains in the Kruger National Park as on 14 March 2014 at 14:00.

Media Release: The Fight Against Rhino Poaching gets R1 Million boost from Unitrans VW

Date: 2014-03-11

Today, Unitrans Volkswagen Divisional Chief Executive, Mr. Kevin Gillmer, handed a cheque of R 1 051 720 to the SANParks Honorary Rangers, celebrating the Unitrans Volkswagen financial contribution for 2013 to the Unite Against Poaching effort. 

Media Release: 12th Savanna Science Network Meeting, Skukuza, KNP

Date: 2014-03-11

The Kruger National Park (KNP) will once again host scientists and researchers from around the world at the 12th annual Savanna Science Network Meeting which will take place from 9 to 14 March 2014 at Nombolo Mdhluli, in Skukuza.

Media Release: Mapungubwe National Park experiences heavy rains

Date: 2014-03-10

In the last week, like most parts of the country, Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site (MNP&WH) experienced heavy rains, which could result in floods.

Restaurant closures in the Kruger National Park

Date: 2014-03-05

As you might be aware SANParks, in an effort to improve customer service in the Kruger National Park, is in the process of setting up new restaurant operations at various camps. Major improvements have started and should result in superior product offerings to our customers. It should however be noted that there have been some changes and delays to the initial schedule, mainly as a result of the larger extent of refurbishment to what was expected. A revised schedule is outlined below. 

Media Release: Roads closed in Kruger National Park due to heavy rain

Date: 2014-03-05

Due to heavy rains in and around the southern part of Kruger National Park (KNP) several roads have been closed. Guests are advised not to use any gravel roads and to stay on the tar roads.

25% discount to short notice online bookings at Malelane Rest Camp

Date: 2014-03-05

South African National Parks (SANParks) is offering a special 25% discount to short notice online reservations for accommodation and camping at Malelane Camp in the Kruger National Park. 

Media Release: Dehorned rhino found and put down

Date: 2014-03-04

South African National Parks (SANParks) intensified its search again this morning for the dehorned rhino spotted by visitors on Friday, 28 February 2014 in the Kruger National Park (KNP). 

Media Release: Dehorned rhino has not been found as yet

Date: 2014-03-03

South African National Parks (SANParks) would like to report that a dehorned rhino spotted by visitors on Friday, 28 February 2014, has not been located as yet after an aerial and ground search was conducted over the weekend. 

The SANParks Times autumn edition is out

Date: 2014-03-03

Grab your copy for all the news from the Richtersveld desert to the deep blue sea. Read about our endangered butterflies, and the mechanics behind a cheetah chase.

Media Release: Visitors spot a rhino with its horn hacked off in the KNP

Date: 2014-03-02

South African National Parks (SANParks) would like to confirm an incident of a rhino with its horn hacked off in the Kruger National Park (KNP).

Media Release: 500 learners to explore the Wilderness Section of the GRNP

Date: 2014-02-26

A report on the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the States paints a picture of a disengaged youth, disinterested in the heritage and biodiversity of their country (Gatlinburg, August 2013, the economist). Managers of that Park and every other National Park in the world including Wilderness are finding means through research to reach out to youngsters in a more techno-savvy manner. 

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