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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. 

40% discount to short notice online bookings in four of our National Parks

Date: 2014-02-26

South African National Parks (SANParks) is offering a special 40% discount to short notice online reservations for accommodation and camping at specific camps in four of our National Parks:

Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs welcomes some of the provisions contained in the London Declaration on Illegal Wildlife Trade

Date: 2014-02-18

South Africa’s Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa, welcomes some of the provisions contained in the London Declaration on Illegal Wildlife Trade, concluded last week. 

Media Release: Illegal hunters paid admission of guilt fines

Date: 2014-02-17

Illegal hunters have appeared in the Makhado Magistrates court today, Monday 17 February 2014 on charges of hunting illegally on the farm Den Staat which is an open system to the Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site, situated outside Musina in Limpopo.

Media Release: SANParks receives Clean Audit Award from the Auditor General

Date: 2014-02-12

Groenkloof National Park, Pretoria:  The office of the Auditor General (AG) today presented a trophy to the South African National Parks (SANParks) for having a clean audit for the financial year 2012/ 2013. 

Media Release: The Hawks make nine arrests for rhino-related crimes

Date: 2014-02-12

Pretoria - The Organised Crime Unit of the Hawks in Limpopo has arrested nine suspects during a two-day operation related to environmental crimes, particularly the trade in rhino horn. 

Red tide degraded - it is now safe to use water

Date: 2014-02-10

Scientists (Knysna Basin Project and Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries) have found no evidence of toxicity of the red tide in Knysna. Of the three types of organisms that could have potentially caused the red tide in Knysna, the dinoflagellate group was identified as dominant.

Minister Edna Molewa welcomes the R232.2 million grant received by Peace Parks Foundation from the Dutch and Swedish Postcode Lotteries to combat rhino poaching in southern Africa

Date: 2014-02-05

South Africa’s Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Minister Edna Molewa has lauded the R232.2 million grant made to the Peace Parks Foundation by the Dutch and Swedish Postcode Lotteries. The Dutch Postcode Lottery donated R217 million of the total donation, with R15.2 million being contributed by the Swedish Postcode Lottery, towards the fight against rhino poaching.

Bloggers to explore SANParks' Frontier Region

Date: 2014-02-03

A group of bloggers will be going on an adventure to explore, discover and experience the four beautiful parks that make up the South African National Parks' (SANParks) Frontier Region. Follow their journey through the Addo Elephant-, Camdeboo-, Karoo- and Mountain Zebra National Park by connecting to them via Facebook and Twitter, as per the details below:

Media Release: Submissions on National Rhino Strategy close 31/01/2014

Date: 2014-01-31

30 January 2014 - The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) is reviewing the National Strategy for the Safety and Security of Rhinoceros Populations in South Africa, as part of a plethora of measures being undertaken to ensure all steps taken to address the scourge of rhino poaching in South Africa are relevant and effective. 

Picketing at R538 Masoyi area outside Numbi Gate, Kruger National Park

Date: 2014-01-30

Please take note that people are picketing on the R538 road today, 30 January 2014, at the Masoyi area outside Numbi Gate.

Media Release: SANParks employee arrested for illegal hunt granted bail

Date: 2014-01-29

Pretoria: A South African National Parks (SANParks) employee arrested in connection with illegal commercial hunting activities in the Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site, near Musina in Limpopo, appeared in the Makhado Magistrate Court this morning.  

Media Release: Hunt of lions from Kruger National Park advert hogwash

Date: 2014-01-28

South African National Parks (SANParks) read with dismay the unfortunate advertisement and comments on social media platforms that have been doing rounds, referring to a hunt of two troublesome lions allegedly originating from the Kruger National Park (KNP).

Media Release: SANParks arrests employee for illegal hunt of game

Date: 2014-01-27

Musina: South African National Parks (SANParks) Environmental Crime Investigators conducted a successful arrest this morning of one of its employees based in one of the national parks under its management. 

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.

Subscribe to the SANParks Times today!

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.


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