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FOLLOWING an incident on September 14, 2003 in which a leopard attacked a tour guide near Nsemani Dam in the Kruger National Park ; South African National Parks (SANParks) carried out an internal investigation to determine the circumstances surrounding the attack.
SOUTH African National Parks is to amend the age limit on its pricing system for children – in line with the tourism industry standards and norms. The new age limit thresholds come into effect on 1 November 2004.
Kruger National Park has launched an official investigation into the fire, which destroyed the popular Afsaal Picnic Spot in the Kruger National Park on the evening of November 22, 2003.
A message of hope for the future was given to 30 teenagers from the Amazing Grace Orphanage Home in Malelane last week (Friday December 12, 2003) when they were shown a selection of the different careers available in the Kruger National Park (KNP).
A combination of quick thinking and effective training saved the life of a Kruger National Park section ranger after he was attacked by a leopard at around 17:00 yesterday afternoon (December 18, 2003).
Southern Africa will experience a total eclipse of the sun on 4 December 2002. Very few areas in the country fall within the totality path. There are four areas within the Kruger National Park that fall within the path. These are: Punda Maria Gate, Punda Maria, Mopani and Shingwedzi.
On the 4th of December this year, 2002, the Southern Hemisphere will experience a total eclipse of the sun. The totality path includes four areas under the jurisdiction of SANParks. The northern part of the Kruger National Park has four areas that fall under the totality path and these are: Punda Maria Gate, Punda Maria, Mopani and Shingwedzi. The longest totality of the eclipse will be experienced at Shingwedzi and this will last for 86 seconds. The duration of totality in the other camps is as follows: Mopani – 45 second, Punda Maria – 77 seconds and Punda Maria Gate – 82 seconds. The town of Messina will also experience a totality, which will last for 76 seconds.
Numerous newspapers have been reporting on 'financial woes' being experienced at South African National Parks (SANParks). SANParks would like to take this opportunity to reassure the public and SANParks employees that this is not, in fact, the case.
The Gauteng Department of Education has changed the school calendar for the spring break to accommodate the World Summit on Sustained Development (WSSD). The school holidays will start on the 23rd August instead of the 20th September.
On Tuesday, March 5th, South African National Parks will officially receive four Sable antelope, that have been given to the Vaalbos National Park, as part of the Back to Africa project. The project, led by Dr Hamish Currie, aims to take wild animals held in captivity, and reintroduce them into a free ranging situation in the wild. The antelope, one male and three females, were donated to SANParks by the Blijdorp Zoo in the Netherlands. They arrived at JHB International Airport a month ago and have been in quarantine in Kimberley since then. Sable from other zoological institutions in Europe will follow in the near future. Back To Africa targets any animals in zoos that are in surplus, or kept in unsatisfactory conditions, these are then taken and reintroduced to their natural habitat.
On Thursday, February 28 2002, SANParks held a special ceremony at Groenkloof, Pretoria, to honour the winners of the SANParks Morula Kids Competition. The competition, which will be an annual event on SANParks calendar, was run for the first time in September 2001 as part of the organisation’s tourism month activities. At the time it was knows simply as the SANParks Tourism Month Competition. It appeared in the ReadRight Supplement of the Sunday Times, and was open to all primary school children from grade one to grade seven. The brief was for the kids to come up with a poem, song, essay, picture, or any other artistic way in which they could express what a national park means to them. The prize on offer was a 5day trip to the Kruger National Park for a Group of ten friends and their teacher.
Marakele National Park in the Waterberg Mountains in the western part of Limpopo Province has been identified by the Wild Dog Action Group as an important area for the future conservation of the endangered African Wild Dog (Painted Wolf) Lycaon Pictus. A pack has been identified and the final stage of the relocation to Marakele is planned for the 27th and 28th of March 2002.
An international scientific symposium shall be held at Berg-en-Dal Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park as from 16-18 April 2002. The symposium is presented in recognition of the Kruger National Park as one of the world’s leading conservation areas that has recently celebrated its centenary. The theme of the symposium will be heterogeneity in savannas, including management issues. The objectives are:
South African National Parks(SANParks) and Penta Publications reached an agreement to terminate the ‘TIMBILA’ publication contract between the two organisations, effective from the 1st of March 2002. In terms of this agreement, the publisher will continue to produce the magazine without the involvement of SANParks. This means that the SANParks logo will no longer appear on the cover of the magazine and that SANParks will no longer have any influence in the editorial content of the magazine.
The commission of inquiry into the fire in the Kruger National Park on September 4th 2001 is set to begin on the 6th May 2002, chaired by Nelspruit Chief Magistrate Mr David Ngobeni. The commission will sit in the Kruger National Park for six days until the 11th of May 2002. Advocate M. Luphondo who will be leading the evidence will assist Magistrate Ngobeni.
On Tuesday the 16th of April 2002, Cape Peninsula National Park (CPNP) successfully initiated a control burn on Trappies Kop, an area above Kalk Bay/Clovelly, in order to remove more than 50 years worth of fuel build up and dry brush piles resulting from alien clearing operations. The park personnel conducted the operation under controlled conditions and this was concluded without any incident. This operation was necessary to prevent a wild fire situation that would have resulted in the loss of houses and other damage to private and municipal property.
Joint statement by the Cape Peninsula National Park and the Fire Services of the City of Cape Town
The Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Mohammed Valli Moosa, today launched a multi-country tourism initiative aimed at significantly boosting Africa’s global status as a unique tourism continent.
The Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Mohammed Valli Moosa, has noted concerns that have been expressed concerning the matters relating to the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park.
The amendments to the current environmental impact assessment (EIA) regulations will be published on 10 May 2002 in the Government Gazette.
A RECENT prescribed burn by the Cape Peninsula National Park (CPNP) on Trappieskop above Kalk Bay and Clovelly has elicited a vociferous response from residents.
The Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Mohammed Valli Moosa, officially opened a bigger and better Tourism Indaba.
The Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Mohammed Valli Moosa, today announced tourism initiatives by the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT) which will significantly contribute to tourism promotion and growth in the country.
The National SPCA is currently investigating a charge of animal cruelty, alleged to have occurred in an operation conducted by SANParks in 2001 to establish the rare roan antelope into national parks in South Africa. During the operation 106 roans were captured in Botswana. Of these 81 were successfully established in the Vaalbos and Marakele National Parks, but the operation was marred by the deaths of 30 animals. Among the mortalities were pregnant cows, that died mostly from capture and confinement related stress, and calves that were born during the time their mothers were being held in quarantine facilities.
In a pioneering initiative to share conservation strategies across continents, a four-person delegation of Young International Tiger Ambassadors is headed from India for South Africa. This is a unique idea where four children and their guardians, along with Bittu Sahgal, Editor, Sanctuary and member of the Indian Board for Wildlife, will carry India’s tiger conservation message to South Africa. South African National Parks will host these four young ‘International Tiger Ambassadors’ in the Kruger National Park.
27 September 2013 - Unitrans Volkswagen is the proud establisher of the Unite against Poaching initiative. The handing over of this 4 x 4 Volkswagen Amarok by Kevin Gillmer , Divisional Chief Executive of Unitrans Volkswagen, to Major General Johan Jooste, Officer Commanding Special Projects Kruger National Park, confirms our sustained commitment to ensuring that the field rangers on the ground have the skills and equipment to allow them to continue their fight against Rhino poaching. This vehicle will facilitate General Jooste having access to all areas of the Kruger National Park in his on-going battle against the scourge of rhino poaching.
Background: In order to breed disease-free buffalo in Kruger National Park, management set aside an area of approximately 900ha to the south west of Satara rest camp. The breeding of disease-free buffalo necessitated the construction of an exclosure to keep other animals out. The construction of the camp started in October last-year and the fencing was completed in mid-January 2002.
Media Release:Open line to the Minister: Minister Moosa launches Internet chatroom to communicate directly with public
The Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Mohammed Valli Moosa, today launched an internet chatroom which will see members of the public communicating directly to him.
More prizes and excitement as the Art and Essay Challenge promises to be a pre summit showpiece.
CAPE TOWN'S environmental community is over the moon at today's High Court judgment that controversial Cape Town landowner Kasper Wiehahn does not have township development rights on his Oudekraal property adjoining Camps Bay.