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Red tide warning: Public must remain cautious

Date: 2014-01-27

Authorities (SANParks, Knysna Municipality and the Knysna Basin Project) are still cautioning against the collection of shellfish from the Knysna estuary following evidence of a red tide. Local expert, Professor Brian Allanson of the Knysna Basin Project is in touch with the Department of Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) to further analyse water samples.

Media Release: SANParks performs in December 2013

Date: 2014-01-27

South African National Parks (SANParks) is proud to see that the national parks remain among the country’s most popular family vacation destinations, with the recently concluded summer holidays realising excellent results in a number of key tourism performance indicators.

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Date: 2014-01-24

The SANParks Times is a unique, edifying publication that focuses on the latest burning issues, research projects and happenings within the South African National Parks. A local and international audience is kept up to date by means of the informative articles published within its pages.

Media Release: SANParks calls on South Africans in fighting poaching

Date: 2014-01-21

The South African National Parks (SANParks) today appealed to the South African public to support efforts by Rangers to stop the massacre of our natural heritage by greedy poachers, who are promised wealth by syndicates.

Media Release: A bumper December for Addo Elephant National Park

Date: 2014-01-21

Addo Elephant National Park experienced a phenomenal December at the end of last year – with an increase of 18 percent in visitors from December 2012.

Warning: Red tide observed again in the Knysna Estuary

Date: 2014-01-20

Possible evidence of a red tide was observed in the Knysna Heads on Sunday afternoon (19 January 2014). Authorities (SANParks, Knysna Municipality and the Knysna Basin Project) are cautioning against the collection of shellfish from the Knysna estuary until further notice. 

Media Release: Ongoing concern for the Selati and Olifants Rivers

Date: 2014-01-20

The South African National Parks (SANParks) today announced ongoing concern over water pollution threats from the Bosveld Phosphate operation near Phalaborwa. Unauthorized discharge of polluted water from the fertilizer production plant into the Selati River between 30 December 2013 and 5 January 2014 resulted in immediate acute toxicity evidenced resulting in a massive fish kill. 

Media Release: Update on rhino poaching statistics

Date: 2014-01-20

The total number of rhino poached in South Africa during 2013 increased to 1004, as the number of people arrested for rhino poaching-related offences climbed to 343.  

Media Release: SANParks responds to elephant public outrage

Date: 2014-01-16

The South African National Parks (SANParks) has responded to a public outcry on its decision to euthanize an elephant that flipped over a vehicle belonging to a visiting British couple injuring the occupants on 30 December 2013. 

Media Release: SANParks opens bookings for the next summer holiday

Date: 2014-01-14

The South African National Parks (SANParks) announced today that the holiday bookings in various national parks under its management for the December 2014 to January 2015 period, will open on Thursday, 16 January 2014 from 07h30. 

Update on the floods at Bontebok National Park

Date: 2014-01-14

Herewith an update on the floods at Bontebok National Park as on Tuesday, 14 January 2014.

Latest news on the red tide in Knysna

Date: 2014-01-14

An update on the possible red tide that was warned against in Knysna.

Update on the floods at Bontebok National Park

Date: 2014-01-13

Herewith an update on the floods at Bontebok National Park as on Monday, 13 January 2014.

Media Release: Elephant spotted in Knysna Forest

Date: 2014-01-09

An elephant was recently photographed by a trap camera, placed in the Knysna forest, by the Landmark Foundation, set-up for leopard research.  The Foundation’s exciting leopard research involves determining the leopard population status in the Garden Route.

Flash Floods Inside and Outside of |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park

Date: 2014-01-09

We experienced some flash floods inside of the park, specifically at De Hoop entrance, Akkedis Pass and downwards from Halfmens pass to Oena mine.

Nqweba Carp Classic entrants donate catches to the Mayor

Date: 2014-01-08

A total of 43 anglers, including seven juniors, entered the 2013 Nqweba Carp Classic angling competition which was hosted by SANParks and held on Camdeboo National Park’s Nqweba Dam in December.

Possible Red tide: no fishing for mussels for now

Date: 2014-01-08

South African National Parks (SANParks), the Knysna Municipality and the Knysna Basin Project have alerted fishers to the possibility of an approaching red tide. Water samples collected from two key points in the estuary ‘confirm the presence of phytoplankton in the water’ says Professor Allanson.

Pollution affects the Olifants River in Kruger National Park

Date: 2014-01-06

The South African National Parks (SANParks) today announced that there has been spillage of polluted water from a tailings dam at Bosveld Phosphate, a mining operation, into the Selati River near Phalaborwa. The incident was detected by Kruger National Park (KNP) staff, after a tip off by a local fisherman on 30 December 2013, who had witnessed a massive fish kill.

Media Release: KNP Rangers get pampered for their hard work

Date: 2013-12-12

The IMPERIAL Retail Logistics team together with the SANParks Honorary Rangers donated 500 Christmas hampers to Kruger National Park Rangers today, 12 December 2013 in Skukuza.   This donation which is valued R620,000  is a token of appreciation for the hard work demonstrated by the KNP Rangers, especially in the fight against the rhino poaching scourge.

New operating hours for Golden Rhino Restaurant in Mapungubwe

Date: 2013-12-11

The Golden Rhino restaurant, situated in Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site, will be operating under new hours from Friday, 13 December 2013. The new hours will now be 08:00 to 20:00, daily.

Karoo National Park opens new rustic accommodation - Afsaal Cottage

Date: 2013-12-09

Bookings have opened for Karoo National Park’s latest accommodation offering – the very rustic Afsaal Cottage, situated in the park’s game viewing area.

Fun-filled holiday programme for youngsters at AENP in December

Date: 2013-12-09

Both kiddies and their parents can look forward to a fun-filled holiday programme in Addo Elephant National Park, packed with activities for youngsters between the ages of four and 12 during December 2013.

Media Release: SA National Parks mourns the passing of Tata Madiba

Date: 2013-12-06

South African National Parks (SANParks) joins the world in mourning the death of world iconic former statesman, Dr Nelson Mandela.

New activity introduced at Storms River Mouth, Tsitsikamma

Date: 2013-12-04

Storms River Mouth, in the Tsitsikamma Section of the Garden Route National Park has introduced a new activity - Stand Up Paddlingboard.

Statement on the outcomes of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

Date: 2013-12-04

3 December 2013 - Statement on the outcomes of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change - COP19/CMP9 in Warsaw, Poland.
Statement delivered by Ms Judy Beaumont, Deputy Director General, Climate Change and Air Quality on behalf of Mrs Edna Molewa, Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs.

Keynote address by the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs

Date: 2013-12-04

3 December 2013 - Keynote address by the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa, at the launch of the Environmental Performance Review of South Africa, presented by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development in Pretoria, South Africa.

Speech by the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs at Portfolio Committee

Date: 2013-12-02

2 December 2013, Skukuza, Kruger National Park.

Hotel system implementation at Golden Gate Hotel and Chalets

Date: 2013-12-02

We would hereby like to inform our SANParks Clients and Wild Card Members of a system change for Golden Gate Hotel and Chalets.

Media Release: Battle for SA's rhino takes to the air at 310km per hour

Date: 2013-11-28

The South African National Parks (SANParks) today unveiled the GAZELLE – a military spec helicopter – that will bolster their current fleet involved in Anti-Poaching. The  event was held at the Letaba shooting range. 

Media Release: NPA, Police & SANParks commended for work in addressing poaching

Date: 2013-11-24

The Department of Environmental Affairs welcomes the sentencing of two rhino poachers to 10 years imprisonment each by the Vryheid Magistrate’s Court in KwaZulu-Natal for poaching a black rhino and possession of two rhino horn. 

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