Here is the official response from KTP:
SPEEDING IN THE KGALAGADI TRANSFRONTIER PARK
Management of the park recognize that a unacceptable situation exists regarding speeding and the results of speeding since:
- It leads to interference with the quality of the experience of all law abiding visitors to the park;
- It leads to unnecessary mortalities amongst many animal species;
- It leads to an increase in corrugations forming on the dirt roads which in turn are used by some visitors as an excuse for speeding. In order to minimize this allegation park management has to grade roads more frequently either by using conventional graders or alternatively using tyre grading. This leads to an increased expenditure. It is very obvious that roads close to rest camps on the way into the camp are damaged more severely since drivers are speeding back to camp for obvious reasons.
- It leads to an increase of dust on plants.
This is only to list but a few of the more negative impacts that speeding creates.
Methods currently used in the Kgalagadi to curb speed violations:
- One radar apparatus is used in the Twee Rivieren section by the local section ranger as part of his law enforcement mandate.
- All visitors entering the park receives a short list of the more common transgressions in the park which they sign for and agree to abide by. This list is in the process of adaptation according to the new law, The National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act 57 of 2003. (NEMA)
- Transgressors are stopped if staff determines they are speeding (without the use of any speed measuring device on hand to prove it) and they receive a written warning on their entry permits and are once again informed of the speed limit.
- SAPD staff based at Twee Rivieren as well as all section rangers issue fines for inconsiderate driving.
- Statements from visitors are used too to warn and or prosecute transgressors.
However, using all the above, speeding still continues.
Using more speed measuring apparatus will certainly alleviate the problem but will never stop visitors from speeding altogether. Two more speed measuring devices is needed. These radar apparatus costs at least R20 000.
The fines issued for speeding do not prevent visitors from speeding. Perhaps the fines should be increased but this is in the hands of the local magistrate who have adapted them since the new law, NEMA, came into existence in November 2005.
The bottom line is that the attitude of people should change first off all. The question is how to do that. Perhaps education regarding the issue? Certainly an option to be considered.
Perhaps a serious warning at the entrance gate: Don't fool yourself - speeding can result in immediate expulsion from the park.
Therefore a final desperate measure could be to expel all transgressors caught speeding, by using a speed measuring device, from all National Parks altogether. In other words to "blacklist" them.
Any suggestions will be considerate by park management.