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Media Release: SANParks Finances

Date: 2002-02-12

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. 

Media Release: Pensioner's Privileges

Date: 2002-02-13

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.

Media Release: Back To Africa: The Release Of Sable Antelope

Date: 2002-03-04

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. 

Media Release: Morula Kids Competition

Date: 2002-03-06

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. 

Media Release: Wild Dog to Marakele National Park

Date: 2002-03-22

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. 

Media Release: The Kruger Experience - Ecology and Management of Savanna Heterogeneity

Date: 2002-04-03

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: 

Media Release: Timbila Magazine

Date: 2002-04-05

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.

Media Release: Commission of enquiry into the Kruger National Park Fire

Date: 2002-04-11

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.

Media Release: Sanparks Refutes Fire Claims

Date: 2002-04-19

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. 

Media Release: UKUVUKA: Operation Firestop - Simons Town Fire

Date: 2002-04-19

Joint statement by the Cape Peninsula National Park and the Fire Services of the City of Cape Town

Media Release: Minister Moosa Launches a Multi-Country Tourism Initiative

Date: 2002-04-29

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.

Media Release: Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park Project On Course

Date: 2002-04-30

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. 

Media Release: Amendments to EIA Regulations

Date: 2002-05-08

The amendments to the current environmental impact assessment (EIA) regulations will be published on 10 May 2002 in the Government Gazette. 

Media Release: To burn or not to burn

Date: 2002-05-10

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. 

Media Release: Moosa Officially Opens Bigger And Better Tourism Indaba

Date: 2002-05-13

The Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Mohammed Valli Moosa, officially opened a bigger and better Tourism Indaba.

Media Release: Minister Moosa Unveils Initiatives to Boost Tourism

Date: 2002-05-13

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. 

Media Release: Roan Antelope operation, response to the Citizen newspaper article

Date: 2002-05-21

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.

Media Release: Tiger Express: Visit to South Africa-May 29-June 4-2002

Date: 2002-05-24

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.

Media Release: Unitrans Volkswagen steps up again to fight rhino poaching

Date: 2013-10-01

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. 

Media Release: Kruger National Park: Alleged Irregularities on the Killing of a Giraffe Bull

Date: 2002-06-07

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

Date: 2002-06-13

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.

Media Release: A final call to all youth and children to claim their share of the WSSD Legacy

Date: 2002-06-14

More prizes and excitement as the Art and Essay Challenge promises to be a pre summit showpiece.

Media Relaese: Development rights on Oudekraal property

Date: 2002-06-20

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. 

Media Release: Launch of Morula Kids Competition 2002

Date: 2002-08-01

In its endeavours to bring more South Africans closer to their natural heritage, SANParks has launched this year’s Morula Kids Competition. This annual competition targets primary school children from grade 1 to 7 and gives them an opportunity to win a trip for 10 to a national park. All they have to do is work on a creative project of their choice, guided by the question ‘why do we need national parks?’ 

Media Release: Flower season opens in Namaqua National Park

Date: 2002-08-02

Kamieskroon, Namaqualand, Northern Cape. The Skilpad section of the Namaqua National Park is ablaze with colour as the annual spring flowers begin to bloom. Above average winter rains have resulted in spectacular displays that are expected to last through until late September or even early October. According to the Namaqua National Park manager, Mr. Matthew Norval, the current season is expected to be one of the best in years and large numbers of visitors are anticipated. The Namaqua National Park is situated 21 kilometres from Kamieskroon in North- Western Namaqualand and 500 kilometres north of Cape Town. 

Media Release: Moosa Suspends Japanese Fishing In Sa Waters

Date: 2002-08-02

Since 1977, up to 200 Japanese and Taiwanese fishing vessels have been issued with annual fishing permits to catch tuna in South African waters. This figure has been greatly reduced over the past few years to the current level of 55 permits for Japanese vessels and 12 permits for Taiwanese vessels. The bi-lateral agreement with Taiwan has already been cancelled, effectively ending Taiwanese fishing in South African waters when the last permits expire at the end of this year

Media Release: SA translocate more wildlife to Mozambique

Date: 2002-08-12

Translocation a demonstration of SA's commitment to Trans-national Cooperation for Sustainable Development The development of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, Africa's largest transfrontier conservation area, will receive yet another boost this week when South Africa translocates more wildlife to the Mozambican side of the Park. In October last year, South Africa's Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Mohammed Valli Moosa, began the process of relocating 1 000 elephants to the Mozambican side of the park when he handed over the first 40 elephants to the Mozambican Minister of Tourism, Mr Fernando Sumbana

Media Release: Extension of closing date - Morula Kids Competition

Date: 2002-08-21

South African National Parks would like to notify all Primary schools that the closing date for the annual Morula Kids Competition for grade 1-7 learners has been extended to September 30 2002.

Media Release: No trophy hunting in Kruger

Date: 2002-09-16

On Sunday (15 September 2002) a false and alarmist story about proposed hunting in the Kruger National Park (KNP) was published by the Rapport newspaper and touched the raw nerve of the nation. The KNP is the nation’s icon that we should all be proud of and protect with our lives should the need arise. It is synonymous to patriotism and anyone that willfully set out to harm its image or what it stands for tries our nation’s patience beyond the limit. 

Media Release: Kruger National Parks gears for the Eclipse

Date: 2002-10-28

PREPARATIONS at the Kruger National Park for the December 4 total eclipse of the sun are already at an advanced stage and bookings for this event have been received from local as well as international visitors.


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