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SANParks reaches out to communities with a dedicated levy

Unread postby Stark » Wed Jun 29, 2011 5:29 pm

http://www.sanparks.org/about/news/default.php?id=1682

The South African National Parks (SANParks) has made it known of its plans to reach out to communities in areas adjacent to national parks under its management through a 1% community levy charged on every booking booked for next year.

This according to SANParks Senior General Manager: Corporate Social Investment, Elizabeth Mhlongo, who said all new accommodation and activity bookings made with arrival date of 01 June 2012 onwards will include a 1% community levy. “The objective of this levy is to respond to the diverse needs of communities as well as designing sustainable and strategic partnerships with various communities within and beyond national parks.”

She said it is SANParks view that communities neighboring various national parks should be afforded an opportunity to derive value through activities which take place within the protected areas… “This levy provides a perfect opportunity for both SANParks and its guests to be philanthropic and assist in the creation of legacy projects in those communities.”

The levy will be used to create amongst others health and education facilities, such as clinics and schools. It will also assist in kick starting water and sanitation projects in those communities. “We are quite excited with this project and hope that our guests will be equally ecstatic to be part of this venture that strives to have community changing implications,” concludes Mhlongo.
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Re: SANParks reaches out to communities with a dedicated lev

Unread postby Stark » Wed Jun 29, 2011 5:57 pm

Excellent idea, and 1% adds up very nicely over time.

Aside from infrastructure I hope some of the levy is available to educate and build a sense of ownership and pride in national parks amongst people who live nearby.

To expand on this idea...I really like the idea of a tactical fund that could be used to address issues as they arise. If after 1 year this proves to be successful, perhaps the levy could be continued to help fund anti-poaching, kids in parks, staff initiatives, steak knives in KNP :tongue: , etc?
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Unread postby MATTHYS » Wed Jun 29, 2011 6:02 pm

Great idea, Stark :thumbs_up:
Did you have to add the steak knives ? :lol:
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Re: SANParks reaches out to communities with a dedicated lev

Unread postby Stark » Wed Jun 29, 2011 6:04 pm

I like steak. :thumbs_up:
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Unread postby MATTHYS » Wed Jun 29, 2011 6:17 pm

:thumbs_up: So do I :wink:
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Unread postby saraf » Wed Jun 29, 2011 6:19 pm

I'd love to see something similar to the Kids in Parks scheme, but aimed at adults.

On a drive from Punda Maria in January it became apparent that a lot of South Africans have never visited a game park before, even those who live next to one. One lady on the drive had been startled by a nyala while working to work one morning and had no idea what it was.
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Unread postby Rooies » Wed Jun 29, 2011 7:04 pm

I have to jump in here again. We are at 2011, and why do we have to look at the so called communities again. The question is, why have the people of the areas like Timbavati, Klaserie, Sabi Sands etc sorted things out while the 'communities' have obviously done nothing themselves. Why do always have to to consider the communities. Kruger was established more than 100 years ago and surely by now, the people should have thought out ways and means to benefit from Kruger without relying on a levy being imposed on the the tourists.

I was standing in the line of voters during the 1994 elections when somebody jumped out of the line and rushed home. He had a mobile boerewors braai and he saw the opportunity to make money. He was back after an hour braaing wors for all the voters standing in the line. Bottom line is that he made a killing. So why can't our 'communities' not do something like this themselves?
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Re: SANParks reaches out to communities with a dedicated lev

Unread postby MATTHYS » Wed Jun 29, 2011 7:18 pm

Rooies, perhaps our local communities do not have mobile boerewors braais or the means of getting it ?
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Unread postby Richprins » Wed Jun 29, 2011 7:31 pm

Rooies!

The "communities" now own 60% of Kruger should land claims be settled as expected, and they form a large part of Sanparks' strategy at the moment! :shock:

Their leaders also hopefully realise how much capital and how many jobs are provided by Kruger and its satellite industries in the Lowveld already! (R 2 billion +)

So I think this is marvelous!

As long as all projects and funds and financial statements and results are made public on a quarterly basis! :thumbs_up:

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Re: SANParks reaches out to communities with a dedicated lev

Unread postby Stark » Wed Jun 29, 2011 7:34 pm

saraf wrote:I'd love to see something similar to the Kids in Parks scheme, but aimed at adults.



Good idea, saraf. :thumbs_up:
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Unread postby Richprins » Wed Jun 29, 2011 7:42 pm

Hmmmm... :hmz:

Wonder if I qualify as one of the neighbouring community members?

I can see Rooies and myself operating a boereworsroll stand next to the queues outside the gate during peak periods! No jokes! :dance:

Will send this idea on!

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Unread postby MATTHYS » Wed Jun 29, 2011 7:47 pm

Perhaps check when Bert will be visiting KNP again ?
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Re: SANParks reaches out to communities with a dedicated lev

Unread postby Bushcraft » Wed Jun 29, 2011 8:24 pm

This may be a good idea, but I paid R1560 for a GC5 at Satara this year April and now have to pay R1670 next year April for the same place with no improvements.

In my case this works out to R400 per adult (R800) and R290 per child (R870), which is big bucks already for self catering :big_eyes: :big_eyes: In my opinion, this is already more than what the average family can afford.

How about giving some of this to the community instead, or use these runaway price increases to improve the accommodation, or purchase steak knives :whistle:

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Unread postby ndloti » Thu Jun 30, 2011 8:31 am

Yet another tax ...
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Re: SANParks reaches out to communities with a dedicated lev

Unread postby JenB » Thu Jun 30, 2011 8:35 am

1% is hardly a budget breaker...... :?

I'll be happy to pay mine. :wink:
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