Please note updated information re the contact to report traffic offences to:
Johan Nel (Chief Traffic Officer);
Skukuza, Tel 0137354370, Cell email@example.com
While in the park - Report rule breakers and other incidents to
KNP's Emergency Call Centre on 013 735 4325
From: Lucy Nhlapo Herewith the official response from the SHRs:
All I can say to the forum is that the rules are emphasized on a daily basis and that it is a pity that the wrong doers are not seen most of the time.
I have recently spoken to our Acting ME requesting some funding to do radio shows once more as well as media coverage regarding the concerns raised.
I must say that this is a great concern to the KNP Management Team as well and we will do anything to continuously educate the public about the park rules and we will bring the perpetrators to book. I thank the forum for highlighting these issues and promise that they will be attended to.
HOD: Tourism & Marketing
For many years, SHR’s were seen as the unofficial “police force” of SANParks. Discussion is here
This was also one of the reasons why the corps was established 50 years ago.
Times and roles have changed to the extent where this approach is no longer deemed appropriate for a volunteer force and accordingly it is no longer an area where we play an active role.
The remark from the SHR who asked the person to remove the child from his lap serves as a prime example. There will always be a disgruntled party (normally the guilty one!).
Furthermore, it is extremely difficult for us to prove any traffic violations, as SHR’s are not equipped with the necessary equipment to prove speeding or similar acts of transgression that we witness.
The majority of SHR members are not trained in this field and it is not why they joined the organisation.
In fact, only a small number of full time SANParks staff have the necessary qualifications and appointments to manage this aspect.
SHR’s are encouraged to approach every situation cautiously and where possible, to take a photograph of transgressors and report them to the nearest Rest camp/Ranger without delay, together with the evidence. This will then be followed up by the SANParks staff who are equipped with the necessary authority to fine transgressors, or take appropriate action.
Our role is to assist and advise the public more than enforcing the rules that exist in Parks, and we are really not legally appointed “Peace officers” for SANParks.
Visitors who witness rule breakers should take culprits details e.g. vehicle registration, picture etc; where possible they should contact 013 735 4325 immediately or report to the nearest park official. They do not have reprimand the offender as some people might become violent in such situations.What happens once rule breakers have been reported:
Kruger National Park
What happens is that a follow-up is made by Protection Services immediately after such incidents are reported; each case is however treated on its merits.
The nearest law enforcer then rushes to the scene, traces the vehicle, fines the offender (the fine issued depends on the nature of offence committed).
If the culprit is not found in the park at the time of the incident and there is evidence that they committed a park offence, their details are traced and are either sent stern warnings or summons where possible. Unfortunately if the culprit does not want to pay the fine and decides to contest the matter in court, it can be thrown out however if there are witnesses prepared to testify in court, he/she can be proven guilty.
The fines for disobeying the rules and regulations in the KNP are issued according to various regulations of the National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act, Act 57 of 2003.
These fines are revised on an annual basis, are proposed by the KNP Managing Executive and approved by the White River Magistrate. See attached fine list which was revised this year in April 2009.
Unfortunately our law enforcement officials cannot always be everywhere every time hence we encourage visitors to use the emergency number that is available where one can report any infringement of a park rule; be it accident, crime or any other incident that needs immediate attention.
The number works 24/7 and it can be reached by dialing 013 735 4325; staff in that office will alert the closest law enforcement officer who will rush to the scene of the incident so that offenders can be caught on the act. Alternatively, one can report the matter to the nearest camp reception/ranger station immediately.
For some time, Protection Services engaged with the provincial traffic department in order to find a way for legal processes to be effected against the offenders.
Please note that the Directorate of Public Prosecution has recently approved “speed over distance cameras” as a valid law enforcement method.
In an effort to curb over speeding and lawlessness in the park, KNP Management is in the process of installing speed over distance cameras on some main roads within the park which will be functional effectively from mid-December 2009.
This management system will broadly address many issues such as speeding, getting out of cars on undesignated areas, any other unlawful behaviour etc.
It is anticipated that this system will in future introduce grey listing of the rule breakers, who will receive a warning and will be endorsed on the system/database every time they break the rules of the park.
The system will alert Protection Services every time the offender visits the park and if they commit further park offences, they will eventually be suspended or banned from the park.
Kruger National Park
The regulation (posted in post above too):
Protruding in the park:
If an arm is outside the car because one is genuinely taking a picture, this cannot be against the rule. When body parts like head, shoulders etc protrude from an open window, sunroof or door on undesignated areas, then they’ll be breaching the rule.
FYI: Important info from SANParks on reporting law breakers in KNP (as well as advise regarding making donations, reporting complaints) can be found here.
First and foremost, SANParks would like to thank you for your interest in our national parks as we are simply managing the parks on behalf of South Africans.
Your constant look-out for transgressors in our parks particularly in areas where officials are not posted makes our job easier in prosecuting those found guilty.
If you wish to report people for breaking rules at the park by means of visuals, please send these pictures to (Senior Traffic Officer: Department of Protection and Traffic Services) Johannes Nel on his email as per the address at the top of the page or report such incidences on SANParks crime-line 082 908 3053.
Once again thank you all for giving us the heads up always - much appreciated.
Reynold "Rey" Thakhuli
General Manager: Media, Events & Stakeholder Relations
South African National Parks, Groenkloof, Tshwane/Pretoria
Tel: +27 (0) 12 426 5170 Fax: +27 (0) 12 343 0153
Mobile: +27 (0) 73 373 4999 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Forum Members
It is in the best interests of the organisation and fellow nature lovers that we look after our natural heritage. There are some people who disregard the rules and regulations of the Kruger National Park in an attempt to be the first to arrive at a sighting or to get a clear view of a sighting.
Visitors are hereby reminded to respect other road users to ensure that everyone enjoys his/her stay in the park.
As much as we have traffic officers who are on a daily basis patrolling the park, it becomes impossible for them to be everywhere everytime. It is in this regard that we request your support.
Please use this email email@example.com
to report rule breakers in the park.
You can also call (see first post of this topic for details).
Please ensure that you provide all the information that will make it easy for him to trace the perpetrator
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