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 Post subject: Re: Kruger memorial spot/Scattering of ashes.
Unread postPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 4:16 am 
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I totally agree dirkmc with total respect to all, of course :|
Kruger is not the place to leave ash boxes and plaques....

I scattered my parents ashes.... (not in Kruger but in the sea.... as per their wish)

I took the boxes home and buried them in my garden,
planted a beautiful flowering shrub over the top....
Please folk consider doing something like this.....


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 Post subject: Re: Kruger memorial spot/Scattering of ashes.
Unread postPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 8:59 am 
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At our recent vist at the Park begining of July I saw ashes being scattered on the rocks at Mathekenyane look out point as well as the wooden boxes.


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 Post subject: Re: Kruger memorial spot/Scattering of ashes.
Unread postPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 11:48 am 
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PROCEDURE REGARDING SCATTERING OF ASHES IN THE KNP

South African National Parks (SANParks) would like to remind the public to follow proper procedures if they wish to scatter ashes of their loved ones in the Kruger National Park (KNP). This practice, which has been in place for years has reached a stage wherein management now finds containers, caskets/urns, small tombstones, crosses, memorials or other symbols of remembrance placed or attached against rocks, trees, look out points and other structures in the Park; which is not allowed in a National Park.

“We would like to inform people who place such items without permission from Management that their items would be removed as they contaminate the environment and detracts from the ambience of the Park. Not only is this a contravention of the National Environmental Management: Protection Areas Act No. 57 of 2003; but it is also disrespectful to other visitors to the KNP,” said the General Manager: Conservation Manager, Dr Freek Venter.



As per the policy, visitors are welcome to send in written requests to scatter ashes in the bush or to place plaques/benches in memory of their loved ones but permission must be granted by Management beforehand. The relevant staff will then find the proper locality for them, in line with the conditions and relevant legislation; as long as no item is left behind and there is no private ceremony that may impact on the experience of other visitors.

It must also be noted that approval for these requests does not constitute current or future unrestricted, free access to the park nor does it allow exclusivity for family members over any other visitor to the Park.

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Some of the unauthorized urns, containers and photographs which were removed from the KNP’s Mathekenyane Look-out Point and Stevenson-Hamilton Memorial Site recently.

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Illegal symbols and memorials attached against trees in the KNP

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Ranger staff removes one of the unlawful plaques attached on the rocks.

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 Post subject: Scattering of Ashes in the KNP
Unread postPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 12:52 pm 
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South African National Parks (SANParks) would like to remind the public to follow proper procedures if they wish to scatter ashes of their loved ones in the Kruger National Park (KNP).

This practice, which has been in place for years has reached a stage wherein management now finds containers, caskets/urns, small tombstones, crosses, memorials or other symbols of remembrance placed or attached against rocks, trees, look out points and other structures in the Park; which is not allowed in a National Park.

“We would like to inform people who place such items without permission from Management that their items would be removed as they contaminate the environment and detracts from the ambience of the Park. Not only is this a contravention of the National Environmental Management: Protection Areas Act No. 57 of 2003; but it is also disrespectful to other visitors to the KNP,” said the General Manager: Conservation Manager, Dr Freek Venter.

As per the policy, visitors are welcome to send in written requests to scatter ashes in the bush or to place plaques/benches in memory of their loved ones but permission must be granted by Management beforehand. The relevant staff will then find the proper locality for them, in line with the conditions and relevant legislation; as long as no item is left behind and there is no private ceremony that may impact on the experience of other visitors.

It must also be noted that approval for these requests does not constitute current or future unrestricted, free access to the park nor does it allow exclusivity for family members over any other visitor to the Park.

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Some of the unauthorized urns, containers and photographs which were removed from the KNP’s Mathekenyane Look-out Point and Stevenson-Hamilton Memorial Site recently.

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 Post subject: Re: Scattering of Ashes in the KNP
Unread postPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 1:46 pm 
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Well done SANParks....................this needed to be said. :thumbs_up:

When I pop my clogs, I would like to be scattered in my beloved park, but I don't expect my family/friends to leave any evidence behind of what has occurred. :big_eyes:

It will be between them and me, and once scattered that will be the end of it!!! :thumbs_up:

No one else will be forced to trip over an urn or casket, or see an unsightly plaque or cross pinned to the rocks. :wall:

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 Post subject: Re: Scattering of Ashes in the KNP
Unread postPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 4:05 pm 
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Crested Val, well said 10 out of 10 :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Scattering of Ashes in the KNP
Unread postPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 4:14 pm 
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Well said CV. My thoughts too - keep it simple and private.

My parents' ashes were scattered (on 2 separate occasions) over a gorse bush overlooking the marshes and North Sea in Suffolk. Only my brother and I were there and we are the only people who know it happened and no sign of what happened remained.

It is a lovely thing to scatter ashes in a place of significance to the departed, but it must not spoil the place for other visitors.

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 Post subject: Re: Scattering of Ashes in the KNP
Unread postPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 4:23 pm 
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Nice job, SANParks, and I completely agree, CV.

Mrs. Stark has instructions to take half of me to KNP, find a nice peaceful spot, and deliver me back to the earth. (with SANParks permission) The other half will be plopped down somewhere in the USA, with a plaque containing the usual graveside information, plus a message and geo-coordinates to my new KNP home. Maybe someday, some future relative will come visit me in KNP. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Scattering of Ashes in the KNP
Unread postPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 4:36 pm 
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Would like my ashes to be scattered in KNP some day, but like previously said, with no evidence left behind.

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 Post subject: Re: Scattering of Ashes in the KNP
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gmlsmit wrote:
Thanks, now please adhere to this procedure as set out.


.....and if people don't, the offending articles will be removed.
Simple. :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Scattering of Ashes in the KNP
Unread postPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 9:35 pm 
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I totaly agree.

Leave no trace behind, Kruger must still be enjoyed for many generations to come. They must enjoy Kruger and not a cemetery.

Well done San Parks.

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 Post subject: Re: Scattering of Ashes in the KNP
Unread postPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2013 2:16 am 
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Well Done Sanparks, Thank you for taking this action.
We all understand it is a delicate issue for all.
To all those who have, or who will scatter their
Loved ones ashes in Kruger
Please keep it private and respectful to all :|
Thank you


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 Post subject: Re: Scattering of Ashes in the KNP
Unread postPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2013 10:03 am 
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Good to see this topic is being dealt with.

Hopeful those in dealing with this will be mindful of the fact that this is peoples loved ones.


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