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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.


Issued by:
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

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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
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Thanks Lesego!

Nearly 6 hours later, and no replies :?

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 Post subject: Re: Permits for operators using KNP border gates
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Oops, thank you Lesego, I'm sure it will help :gflower:

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 Post subject: Re: Permits for operators using KNP border gates
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 Post subject: Re: Permits for operators using KNP border gates
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 Post subject: Media Release: Permits for operators using KNP border gates
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Media Release: Permits for operators using KNP border gates

Date: 24th June 2014
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.
Issued by:
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


FACT SHEET




REGULATED CROSS BORDER TRANSPORT RULES

• As from 1 August 2014, no bakkies transporting passengers via Pafuri and Giriyondo border gates, without the necessary permit will be allowed to enter the Kruger National Park (KNP). No passengers will be allowed at the back of an open bakkie.
• Operators will be required to submit an application form before they can transport passengers.
• Subject to approval, an annual permit (in a form of decal) allowing the operator to transport passengers via the KNP will be issued.
• The permit will only allow the operator to transport passengers and their belongings. No commercial goods will be allowed.
• Application forms will be available at Phalaborwa, Pafuri and Punda Maria gates as well as the Phalaborwa Regional Office.
• Applicants should supply a certified copy of cross border road transport permit together with the application form.
• The decal must be displayed on the windscreen of the vehicle for clear identification and will be valid for a period of 12 months from the date of issue.
• All operators will be subjected to the attendance of a KNP induction course • Only registered vehicles, carrying up to the maximum of 23 passengers will be allowed.
• Only registered trailers that can be towed as prescribed by the Road Traffic Act will be allowed.
• Drivers must be in a possession of valid items as follows:
o Public transport permit to operate
o a valid driver’s licence,
o Proof of passenger liability insurance in place
o Registered as an operator in terms of the Road Traffic Act
o Vehicle must have a valid roadworthy certificate and vehicle licence disk
o Must have a passenger list system in place that confirms passenger passport/ID details
• Operators must read and understand the rules and regulations of the Park as stipulated on the green entry permit and ensure all passengers adhere to them at all times


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?

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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: Permits for operators using KNP border gates
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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...


I think that's a good idea and shouldn't be too difficult to implement

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 Post subject: Re: Media Release: Permits for operators using KNP border ga
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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
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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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