When I was up at Pafuri recently, no water was pumped into the Nkovakulu troughs (yes, there are two. If you look carefully you may even see the second one) during the three weeks I was there. The windmill was working, the cistern was full (elephants and baboons could be seen drinking from it), yet not a drop in the troughs. One would imagine that SANParks would check their waterholes regularly. Apparently not.
Nkovakulu was marked dry per my records from Oct'11 trip. It is on the list as those to go by end of 2015. I guess its safe to assume it has, indeed, gone.
The Map per Duke on Dec 18th (which I have from same Oct'11 trip). does not quite square with official list. Stapelkop is a glaring difference. Map says will go. List says not. Now that is a long drive to see a newly liberated mudpool!
All in all a pretty good forum topic and certainly more info than were their no Sanparks help coming in. I have marked off two of my precious KNP maps with the closures (and thx very much to Johan for confirming some other possibles to actually 'gone').
In the grand scheme of things I feel the KNP approach tends to get things right more often than not. It is the nature of evidence gathering and doing something which might take 25+ years to reveal many of its impacts. Something done for very good reasons in 1980 (based on the then evidence), can now find itself a 25:75 now. It is good and right that KNP is strong enough to update in such scenarios.
Fire policy and water policy are most probably necessary evils, but nothing worse than just sticking evermore to the 'old policy'. Investigate, challenge and renew.
[Off topic but I had some hugely insightful chats with some Yellowstone NP experts on their fire policy, the good news is they know a lot more after 100 years. The bad news is they got a lot wrong in the past. They still have a problem on current policy decisions as 100 years being way too short a data period]
Bottom line on KNP waterholes. I buy into the notion that KNP (as it turns out) have badly disturbed the natural eco-systems due to dams and the many waterholes. I feel they are going the right way about rectifying part of that disturbance. Sadly, the reality is it will possibly take a few generations to undo in full. In proceeding with the 'undo-ing' mistakes will inevitably be made.