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Media Release: KNP gears up for SANParks Week celebrations

Date: 2010-09-09


Date: 2010-09-09


The Annual 2010 SANParks Week once again will take place on 13-17 September 2010 throughout all national parks which fall under South African National Parks. To celebrate this special week which is also part of the National Heritage month, Kruger National Park (KNP) will have a series of activities which will take place during that period with the aim of creating awareness around the National Parks of this country. Above all, South African Citizens will have free access to the park for all the five days of the celebration.


The aim of this event is to create awareness of the National Parks and to promote the sense of environmental conservation amongst the people of this country.


The conditions applicable are that free access will only be allowed to South African Day Visitors between 13 and 17 September; however groups which are regarded as commercial ventures e.g. private open safari vehicle operators and tourists who come to the Park in tour buses; and of course overnight visitors are not included in the free access arrangement.


The celebrations in the KNP will include activities such as “Walk on the Wild side”, a project which has been running since 2008 and targets high school pupils specifically Grade 10 and 11 from neighbouring communities in order to expose them to conservation and tourism related careers. This project will run everyday in both regions of the park (Nxanatseni and Marula) and will be hosted in conjunction with both Mpumalanga and Limpopo’s Provincial Departments of Education.


“Other groupings that we plan to reach during this special week are the taxi associations, whom we will meet during the course of the week in order to discuss issues of mutual interest” said HOD: Public Relations, William Mabasa. “When they are not busy taking people to and from work, taxi associations could open a door for individuals from local communities who do not have their own transport but would like to visit and take part in the activities available in the park”, continued Mabasa.


KNP Management will also dedicate and spend some time with 100 pensioners from the neighbouring communities as part of the celebrations and the idea is to reach out to the senior citizens as some of them have never been in the park all their lives.


“We encourage South Africans, young people in particular to visit the Park as the intention is to make them understand the value of the environment and the importance of conservation”, concluded Mabasa.


The aim of this event is to create awareness of the National Parks and to promote the sense of environmental conservation amongst the people of this country.


The conditions applicable are that free access will only be allowed to South African Day Visitors between 13 and 17 September; however groups which are regarded as commercial ventures e.g. private open safari vehicle operators and tourists who come to the Park in tour buses; and of course overnight visitors are not included in the free access arrangement.


The celebrations in the KNP will include activities such as “Walk on the Wild side”, a project which has been running since 2008 and targets high school pupils specifically Grade 10 and 11 from neighbouring communities in order to expose them to conservation and tourism related careers. This project will run everyday in both regions of the park (Nxanatseni and Marula) and will be hosted in conjunction with both Mpumalanga and Limpopo’s Provincial Departments of Education.


“Other groupings that we plan to reach during this special week are the taxi associations, whom we will meet during the course of the week in order to discuss issues of mutual interest” said HOD: Public Relations, William Mabasa. “When they are not busy taking people to and from work, taxi associations could open a door for individuals from local communities who do not have their own transport but would like to visit and take part in the activities available in the park”, continued Mabasa.


KNP Management will also dedicate and spend some time with 100 pensioners from the neighbouring communities as part of the celebrations and the idea is to reach out to the senior citizens as some of them have never been in the park all their lives.


“We encourage South Africans, young people in particular to visit the Park as the intention is to make them understand the value of the environment and the importance of conservation”, concluded Mabasa.


For the initial SANParks Week media release issued, please visit the link http://www.sanparks.org/about/news/2010/august/sanparks_week.php


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Issued by:

Laura Mukwevho, Media Relations Practitioner, Kruger National Park, Contact: Tel: (013) 735 4262, cell: 082 807 1441 or email: lauram@sanparks.org


Enquiries:

William Mabasa, HOD: Public Relations and Communication, Kruger National Park, contact: tel: (013) 735 4363, cell: 082 807 3919 or email: williamm@sanparks.org