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Kudu Awards 2012

The South African National Parks (SANParks) supported by First National Bank (FNB) awarded deserving conservationists at their 8th annual Kudu Awards ceremony held at Gallagher Estates in Midrand on 30 November 2012.

A total of 13 Finalist in four categories were announced, these include Corporate Contribution to Conservation Award, Environmental Media Contribution to Conservation, Community Contribution to Conservation and Environmental Education/Capacity Building.

The Lifetime Contribution Award (Chief Executive Officer's Awards) was awarded to Dr U. dv V. "Tol" Pienaar (posthumously), the former Chief Director of SANParks from 1987 until his retirement in 1991. He spent 35 years with SANParks, of those 32 were spent in Kruger National Park. Dr Mabunda said, "Dr Tol Pienaar ranks amongst those who have had the most influence in shaping the Kruger National Park into the world renowned conservation icon that it is today."


Kudu Awards Winners

Corporate Contribution to Conservation Award (Individual):

Corporate Contribution to Conservation Award (Group):

Corporate Contribution to Conservation Award (Profit Making Organisation):

Environmental Media Contribution to Conservation (Best Journalist)

Environmental Media Contribution to Conservation (Best Publication)

Community Contribution to Conservation (Individual)

Community Contribution to Conservation (Group)

Community Contribution to Conservation (Region)

Community Contribution to Conservation (Project of the Year)

Environmental Education/Capacity Building (Individual)

Environmental Education/Capacity Building (Group)


Chief Executive Awards Winners

Website Community Choice Award

The Leadership Award

Best Customer Service Award

The Best Performing Camp

The Best Performing Park

The Best Ranger Post

In the Overall Best Performer Awards, there are 3 sub-categories:

  1. Overall Best Performer Awards - 1st Sub-category
  2. Overall Best Performer Awards - 2nd Sub category
  3. Overall Best Performer Awards - 3rd Sub category
The Overall Best Performer Awards - 1st category:
The Overall Best Performer Awards - 2nd Category:
The Overall Best Performer Awards - 3rd Category:

CEO's Special Awards

Every year this prestigious honour, the CEO's Award, is presented to an outstanding leader, nominated and selected by the SANParks Chief Executive Officer with help from Members of his Executive Management. It is a unique honour as it recognizes how the nominees have aligned their organization's interests, vision and mission to their daily functions.

Shield Award for Bravery

 

General Information


 

 

The Kudu Awards is an initiative that aims to reward stakeholders for their contributions and efforts in making South African National Parks the custodian of choice for protected areas.

A select number of persons and organisations who have made significant contributions to conservation will receive a Kudu Award in the form of a bronze sculpture of a Kudu head. The award is a symbol of pride, just as the Kudu itself is often feted for having a proud and majestic bearing.

The Kudu Awards is fundamental to the practice of recognising, acknowledging and praising the people who have, over the years, given financial and other resources to SANParks and other conservation agencies, while also recognising those people that have made it possible for conservation agencies to operate in a conducive and enabling environment.

Internal staff members will be bestowed with "top achievers" awards, known as the Chief Executive Awards. This national award recognises their dedication and selfless efforts towards acheiving the goals of the organisation from across 22 National Parks under SANParks management. The Chief Executive Awards are meant to encourage staff to do their work with 'pride and joy' and to always view this organisation as their personal business.

The Kudu Awards is an annual event that launched in June 2005, and is one of the highlights of the social calendar in conservation circles.