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 Post subject: Permits for operators using KNP border gates
Unread postPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 3:49 pm 
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All business operators who travel through the Kruger National Park (KNP)’s border gates i.e. Giriyondo and Pafuri, transporting passengers to and from Mozambique, will be required to produce valid passenger transport permits as from 1 August 2014. These are meant for communities residing in the Limpopo National Park (LNP) in Mozambique, who work in South Africa and often make use of the two border gates going home.

This follows the signing of an agreement with relevant stakeholders from local government and cross border transport agencies in South Africa and Mozambique; which took place recently. The control measure also comes after the rule requiring visitors to stay over one night in either Kruger or Limpopo National Park before crossing the border, came into effect in December 2011 and is in force.

“There have been incidents wherein passengers were seen bundled at the back of bakkies, with canopies that provided very little protection and infringed on their basic human rights. This restriction comes into effect in order to ensure that people get transported in regulated public transport; and that operators using our border gates only carry passengers and not commercial goods”; said the General Manager: Communications & Marketing, William Mabasa.

Without a registered passenger transport permit, operators will be refused admission and they would need to use other routes outside the Park leading to their destination. Application forms for the permits are available at Phalaborwa, Pafuri and Punda Maria Gates.

Limpopo, together with Kruger (South Africa) and Gonarrhezou (Zimbabwe) National Parks form part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park. This conservation area was initiated to promote collaboration in the management of shared natural resources along the international boundaries.

“We will continue to tighten up controls at the two border gates as these are meant to afford tourists to travel between these Parks without having to exit the parks. The routes for these border gates are classified as tourists roads and do not allow for commercial traffic therefore the idea is to encourage people to travel from one national park to another;” concluded Mabasa.

Download the Regulated Cross Border Transport Rules fact sheet.


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South African National Parks (SANParks) Kruger National Park Communications
Tel: 013 735 4262

Enquiries:
William Mabasa
GM: Communications & Marketing, Kruger National Park
Tel: 013 735 4363; Cell: 082 807 3919
Email: william.mabasa@sanparks.org

Or

Reynold Thakhuli
Acting Head of Communications, SANParks
Tel 012 426 5203/5170; Cell: 073 373 4999
Email: rey.thakhuli@sanparks.org

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 Post subject: Re: Permits for operators using KNP border gates
Unread postPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2014 11:05 am 
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May I also suggest that the time the enter Kruger either view the Border or the Park gate be recorded, and should they arrive at the other end at a time that indicates that they have exceeded the speed limit, they should be given fines stiff enough to wipe out their profit from that trip, thus removing any incentive to speed...


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 Post subject: Re: Media Release: Permits for operators using KNP border ga
Unread postPosted: Tue Jul 01, 2014 2:03 pm 
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gmlsmit wrote:
http://www.sanparks.org/about/news/default.php?id=56101

I do not see any mention of persons who wish to make use of the Pafuri and Giriyondo border gates -are required to produce valid proof of overnight stay in the park.

Could this matter please be clarified?


Dear gmlsmit,

If you read through the second paragraph of the media release that is quoted above it states the following:

"This follows the signing of an agreement with relevant stakeholders from local government and cross border transport agencies in South Africa and Mozambique; which took place recently. The control measure also comes after the rule requiring visitors to stay over one night in either Kruger or Limpopo National Park before crossing the border, came into effect in December 2011 and is in force."

According to this paragraph the rule that requires visitors to stay over is still enforced and was not abolished when the agreement for permits for operators was signed.

The rules quoted in your post are all requirements for obtaining a permit.

If one analize the agreement it is obvious that although you comply with the permit rules you will still not be able to enter Kruger National Park if you don't comply with the stay over rule Here.

The reason for not combining the above rule with that of the operators' rules derived from the fact that many holiday visitors to Mozambique also have to comply with the above rule.

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 Post subject: Re: Permits for operators using KNP border gates
Unread postPosted: Tue Jul 01, 2014 3:35 pm 
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I've wondered about the overnight rule. Do we have any guesstimate of how many overnight in Kruger? Or on the Moz side?

It seems to me to be an easily circumvented rule.

Love the new policy and love the idea of recording times.

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 Post subject: Re: Permits for operators using KNP border gates
Unread postPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2014 9:19 am 
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Somebody told us that they saw most of these transport drivers drive up to the border ,drop their passengers and then the passengers walk through customs and meet a new driver on the other side that take them further, don't know if it is possible


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 Post subject: Re: Permits for operators using KNP border gates
Unread postPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2014 2:16 pm 
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All I have asked for was the assurance that overnight the rule still applies, Mr. Els has assured us that it is still applied.

We can now all have the peace of mind that the rule is diligently applied without exception.

Thanks.

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