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 Post subject: Picketing outside KNP
Unread postPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2014 9:02 am 
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PICKETING IN AREAS OUTSIDE NUMBI GATE

Visitors to the Kruger National Park (KNP) via Numbi Gate today (16 September 2014) are advised to use alternative gates such as Phabeni and Paul Kruger because there are demonstrations going on at the moment in areas between Masoyi and Easy Come on the R538 road. Tourists should instead use R40 (Kiepersol route) between White River and Hazyview.

We are monitoring the situation; but in the mean time, guests should avoid using that part of the road until further notice.

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 Post subject: Re: Picketing outside KNP
Unread postPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2014 9:52 am 
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Hi thanks for advise about the picketing.
We have been coming to SA for some 30yrs now from Ireland and love the country and just spend a lot of time in the parks. We drove into some picketing on our approach to Punda Maria gate R81--R524, October 14. Very nasty experience. That's why I was interested in this post.

Would anyone know how to check for picketing before driving 8hrs to come across road blocks. The October we are planning another to Punda Maria but May drive further north to see the Baobabs and enter at Pafuri Gate to avoid R524.

Any suggestions/comments welcome.

Can't wait to get to the park for a great 11days


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 Post subject: Re: Picketing outside KNP
Unread postPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2014 10:16 am 
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Picketing is the right that protesters have in our country, there is also nothing wrong in picketing.

However if visitors to our country or anyone else have a nasty experience due to the actions of protesters, it is no good advert for the RSA as a tourist destination.

Tourists should never feel threatened and wonder which alternative route is best due to possible violence or whatever.

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 Post subject: Re: Picketing outside KNP
Unread postPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2014 12:13 pm 
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Sorry I should have explained in a bit more details.

When I said that we drove through picketing it was actually 30k of road blocks along the R524, the last road block had a group of young men (manning the barricade) who lifted stones as we got closer and one man ran at our car with a rises hammer forcing us off the road into a drainage drain. This happened on the 14/10/13 mid afternoon. There were two armed police officers about 50m away. This is what saved the situation from getting worse.

I have lived all my life in Belfast N.Ireland and I would agree that peaceful protests are art of people's rights. I never ment to detract from their rights.

So you can understand why I am looking for advise on "picketing" on accesses roads to the park.


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 Post subject: Re: Picketing outside KNP
Unread postPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2014 12:28 pm 
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I clearly understand what you meant. What I was saying is that protesters should not threaten those that have not done any harm. Unfortunately violent picketing is now becoming the standard here in our country.

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 Post subject: Re: Picketing outside KNP
Unread postPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2014 12:30 pm 
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Must have been a very scary situation indeed!
SANParks will always try and advise of any unrest or picketing on routes into the park on the main website asap.
So keep an eye on that and if still concerned maybe call in at the police station in the nearest town and inquire.

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 Post subject: Re: Picketing outside KNP
Unread postPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2014 2:10 pm 
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Best advice is to avoid it as far as possible, picketing rarely goes without violence nowadays. :wall:

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 Post subject: Re: Picketing outside KNP
Unread postPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2014 2:27 pm 
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Thanks for all your comments. If you know of any picketing would you please post and share.


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 Post subject: Re: Picketing outside KNP
Unread postPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2014 2:33 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Picketing outside KNP
Unread postPosted: Tue Sep 30, 2014 9:13 am 
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Hi everyone

Any news on the Picketing outside Numbi gate?
We are not entering at Numbi but was planning on exiting there 11 Oct.

Any news?


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 Post subject: Re: Picketing outside KNP
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Wildkyker, there is no way to tell now whether there will be picketing on the 11 Oct so the best thing is just to keep an eye on the website and maybe also ask at the gate/camp beforehand, hopefully they would know.
Also keep a plan B on hand in case. :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Picketing outside KNP
Unread postPosted: Tue Sep 30, 2014 10:59 am 
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Thanks Bushguy. But what "web site" are you referring to?

Stephen
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 Post subject: Re: Picketing outside KNP
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russellrowantree wrote:
But what "web site" are you referring to?

It will either be published in here on the forum and also as an advisory Here

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