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FYI, here is the article:
Kruger Park gets tough
Carol Lazar July 23 2005 at 03:54PM
As the Wilson family drove slowly along the road with the windows of their car open because of the intense heat, Kate Wilson suddenly shouted: "Stop, elephant!" and pointed out of the window at the small herd along the side of the road, eight adults and two calves.
John Wilson braked and then moved forward to get a better view of the herd which was obscured by the bush.
The elephants, always aware creatures, looked up and a young male shook his head and took a few steps forward, then continued eating.
Wilson edged his car over to the right-hand side of the road so that his son William, a keen photographer, could position his 500mm lens on the windowsill.
Just then a remarkable thing happened.
One male elephant reared up and mounted a female.
William grabbed hold of his camera, stood up, poked his head through the car's sunroof and managed to capture the entire scene on film.
By that stage, two, then three, then five cars had converged on the scene.
In order to give others a better view, John reversed his car and then went around another vehicle.
He did this several times.
Kate's grandmother, Ermeline Wilson (79), who is hard of hearing and has poor eyesight, leaned out of the window in order to see better and William shouted several times in her ear: "A breeding herd, Gran, a breeding herd!"
Because of the excitement of the event, the Wilsons arrived back at Pretoriuskop camp three minutes after the gates had closed for the night.
Just a typical scene in the Kruger Park, you might think to yourself.
The Wilson family drove slowly along the road when suddenly Kate Wilson shouted: "Stop! Elephant!" and pointed out of the window (R500 fine as her arm and shoulder were partly out of the vehicle) at the small herd alongside the road, eight adults and two calves.
John Wilson braked (R1 000 fine for negligent driving plus a R200 fine for not signalling.
Mind you, it might only be a R400 fine for inconsiderate driving plus R200 for not signalling) and then moved forward to get a better view of the herd obscured by the bush.
The elephants, always aware creatures, looked up and one young male shook his head and took a few steps forward (R500 fine for disturbing the animals) and then continued eating.
Wilson edged his car over the right-hand side of the road (R200 fine for neglecting to drive on the left-hand side of the road) so that his son William, a keen photographer, could position his 500mm lens on the window sill (R500 fine for William's two arms, elbows and long camera lens protruding out of the open window).
Just then, a remarkable thing happened.
One male elephant reared upwards and mounted a female.
William grabbed hold of his camera, stood up, poked his head from the car's sunroof and managed to capture the entire scene on film (R500 fine for protruding his head, arms, shoulders and camera through the roof sunroof).
By that stage, two, then three, then five cars had converged on the scene.
John, in order to give others a better view, reversed his car, (R500 fine for reversing carelessly on the wrong side of the road plus R200 for not signalling) then went around another vehicle (R500 fine for overtaking in what might be regarded as an unsafe manner while reversing). He did this several times (was fined R500 several times).
Kate's grandmother, Ermeline Wilson (79), who is hard of hearing and has poor eyesight, leaned out of the window (R500 fine for protruding through the open window) in order to see better and William shouted several times in her ear: "A breeding herd, Gran, a breeding herd!" (R500 for disturbing the munching animals by making loud sounds).
Because of the excitement of the event, the Wilsons arrived back at Pretoriuskop camp three minutes after the gates had closed for the night (R500 for arriving up to 30 minutes after the gate had closed).
Conceivably, on a two-hour drive in the Kruger National Park you can find yourself paying fines of R6 100 for the above behaviour deemed illegal by park authorities.
Admittedly, the above fictitious scenario might be regarded as far-fetched, but it is not entirely beyond the bounds of possibility for at the end of last year the Kruger National Park implemented new, harsh fines for perceived lawbreakers visiting the park (see box).
Commenting on the legislation the executive director of the Kruger National Park, Dr Bandile Mkhize, said: "We would like to encourage our visitors to enjoy the KNP but not make it unpleasant for anyone else, and most of these rules are there for that reason.
Please remember that there are other people around you that also have the right to be in the KNP and they should be treated as you would have them treat you."
Finally, visitors will be encouraged to report lawbreakers to local rangers, KNP Protection Services or the public relations department.
With this in mind, visitors are being asked to take note of the time, date, place and registration numbers of the cars of rule-breakers. Also welcome is photographic evidence.
Problems may arise with definitions such as that of negligent or dangerous driving, reversing or driving on the wrong side of the road, for it is conceivable that you and an officious observer might differ in the matter of interpretation.
But, if you are accused of such behaviour, you have to argue your case, either before the park authorities or in a magistrate's court.
Raymond Travers, spokesperson for the Kruger National Park, said: "The laws are to protect the animals and the public.
You cannot imagine how some people behave in the park."
In recent years, some visitors have complained about the scarcity of animals in various areas, and probably gave no thought to the possibility that such scarcity might be due to the unacceptable behaviour of visitors such as the one illustrated in the photograph.
Of course, there must be rules and regulations in a game reserve to safeguard the animals and people; but, when laws become too restrictive and are applied too zealously, there is a danger that the joyous and relaxed spirit of a visit to the park might be crushed.
That would be sad. On the other hand, visitors to the Kruger Park have to respect this precious heritage. There has to be a balance.
What do you think about the fines?
Are they too steep, or not severe enough?
E-mail your views to firstname.lastname@example.org
Laws and fines
Visitors may be unaware of the laws and fines. They are as follows:
- R500 for disturbing the animals.
- R300 if you allow a domestic animal into the KNP (and that domestic animal will then be destroyed by a law-enforcement officer).
- R500 for cutting, damaging or destroying any tree or plant.
- R400 for feeding any animal.
R500 for alighting from your vehicle in an unauthorised place.
- R500 for protruding through the open vehicle, open door or open roof.
- Speeding fines range from R100 (between 61km/h and 64km/h in a 50k/h zone) to R1500 (90-94km/h in a 50km/h zone), with court appearances for speeding over 95km/h.
- R700 for failing to report to reception before staying overnight in a rest camp.
- R700 for staying overnight outside a rest camp.
- R700 for staying in a rest camp without payment.
- R500 for using unworthy, unregistered or unlicensed vehicles in the KNP.
- R500 for overtaking in an unsafe manner, including overtaking on the crest of a hill, bend or other place where vision is restricted.
- R1 000 or court for reckless or negligent driving.
- R200 for neglecting to drive on the left-hand side of the road unless done without obstructing or endangering or disturbing any animals.
- R200 for neglecting to give driving signals.
- R200 for reversing carelessly.
- R500 for driving on a no-entry road.
- R200 for leaving the road anywhere other than a parking area in a rest camp.
- R400 for inconsiderate driving and other offences.
- R400 for littering.
- R400 for trespassing.
- R750 for obstructing a KNP official from doing his or her duty.
- R200 for hitch-hiking.
- R300 for neglecting to produce an entrance permit on the instruction of a KNP official.
- R750 for failure to declare a weapon.
- R200 for failure to ensure that the weapon is unloaded before sealing it.
- R300 for failure to have the weapon inspected before leaving the KNP.
- R500 for arriving up to 30 minutes late at the camp or entrance gates.
- R1 000 for arriving 30 minutes to an hour late at the camp or entrance gates.
- R1 500 for arriving over an hour late at the camp or entrance gates.
Other offences will ensure an immediate court appearance and include:
- Entering the KNP with an explosive, weapon, trap or poison.
- Removing, damaging or destroying eggs or removing honey from a beehive.
- Leaving the KNP with an animal or part thereof.
- Being in the possession of any habit-forming drug.
- Being in possession of a firearm or any dangerous weapon without consent.
- Driving under the influence.[/i]