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Media Release: SANParks announces date change for 2018 winter holidays bookings

21 July 2017

South African National Parks (SANParks) announced today that the holiday bookings for June and July 2018 will now open on 1 August 2017 as opposed to 25 July 2017 as originally planned.

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Northern Region Parks connect to communities in honour of Madiba

20 July 2017

The Northern Region Parks (Marakele, Mapungubwe and Golden Gate) went all out in commemoration of the internationally celebrated Mandela Day. This day is held annually to encourage people to give their resources to people less fortunate than they are and make a difference.

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Media Release: SANParks strike update

19 July 2017

South African National Parks (SANParks) management has confirmed that a number of employees who are members of the Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (HOSPERSA) have abandoned their work stations in different divisions and Parks. This is after the conciliation meeting which was facilitated by the Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) failed to resolve the salary dispute between the two parties.

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SANParks strike suspended

19 July 2017

Following another session facilitated by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) between South African National Parks (SANParks) management and the Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (HOSPERSA) this morning, both parties agreed to suspend the strike until Monday, 24 July 2017.

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No feeding wild animals in and around the National Park

18 July 2017

SANParks scientists and civil society research groups have cautioned against feeding wild animals. This comes after volunteer groups had dropped vegetables and seeds for animals to eat in the National Park and surrounds.

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Media Release: Update on intended strike by SANParks HOSPERSA staff

17 July 2017

South African National Parks (SANParks) management has confirmed receiving a notice to strike by workers affiliated to the Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (HOSPERSA). The notice was served due to an impasse in wage negotiations which have deadlocked. Management is offering 6% plus a 1% pay progression which brings the total offer to 7%, while Hospersa is demanding 9% for its members. All other matters were agreed to with the exception of this matter.

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Media Release: SANParks facilities unaffected by strike

17 July 2017

South African National Parks (SANParks) management has confirmed that all employees who were scheduled to report for duty have done so despite a notice to strike which was served by the Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (HOSPERSA).

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Media Release: SA National Parks Week Dates Announced for 2017

18 July 2017

South African National Parks (SANParks) will be opening its 12th annual SA National Parks Week at Golden Gate Highlands National Park from 18 to 22 September 2017. This initiative in partnership with Total SA and FNB is in line with SANParks vision statement of "A sustainable National Park System Connecting Society”.

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Department of Environmental Affairs concerned about false impression created about the domestic trade in rhino horn

17 July 2017

17 July 2017

The Department of Environmental Affairs is concerned about the impression that is being created through the advertisement for an online auction of rhino horn by a South African game rancher that is using websites and social media to advertise same.

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Media Release: Escaped Lions spotted in the Mara Valley

14 July 2017

The Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) and SANParks officials received a report that one of the farm owners in the Mara Valley shot one lion and wounded another after a lion killed his cattle. The carcass of the cow was found within the vicinity of the farm.

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Media Release: SANParks responds to announcement of an imminent strike at its national parks

13 July 2017

South African National Parks (SANParks) has to date not received formal notice that employees affiliated to the Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (HOSPERSA) will embark on a possible labour strike in the coming days, following a negotiation deadlock with regards to salary increases.

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Fires contained in Knoetzie Protected Area

11 July 2017

Fire teams assessed the Garden Route’s smoldering areas on Monday, 10 July 2017 and reported the flare ups in Knoetzie over the weekend are contained. The Knoetzie protected area is co-managed by the Municipality, a Conservancy and SANParks. Fire-fighting teams were alerted to underground fires hence they carved a path through the area to extinguish the fires. Although the fire was contained, the area is being monitored.

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Lions escape from the Kruger National Park

10 July 2017

South African National Parks (SANParks) has received information that four male lions, believed to have escaped from the Kruger National Park (KNP) last night, 9 July 2017, were spotted at Matsulu, a village outside the Park. SANParks would like to urge the residents to exercise extra caution.

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Escaped Lions search continues

11 July 2017

SANParks together with Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) officials made every effort yesterday and overnight to lure and catch the four lions that were first sighted wandering near the N4 / Crocodile River gorge area which is managed by MTPA.

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Media Release: SANParks declares World Heritage Site listing a step in restoration of dignity

11 July 2017

South African National Parks (SANParks) has extended its gratitude to the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), following the much awaited inscribing of the #Khomani Cultural Landscape as a World Heritage Site, bringing to nine (9) the number of World Heritage Sites in South Africa.

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Media Release: SANParks Kudu Green School Initiative kicks off the year

11 July 2017

South African National Parks (SANParks) has officially opened the annual Kudu Green School Initiative (KGSI) Programme for 2017 in Golden Gate Highlands National Park. The Kudu Green School Initiative is a SANParks’ Environmental Education Outreach Programme, which started in 2010 with only 7 schools.

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Bookings for June/July 2018

05 July 2017

Please note that bookings for June/July 2018 via the SANParks Central Reservations, will open on 25 July 2017. Bookings can be made via telephone from 07:30 am on 012 428 9111 or via email to reservations@sanparks.org.

Online bookings for the June/July 2018 period will open on 26 July 2017.

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Cycling and hiking trails in Harkerville open after fire

04 July 2017

After assessments in the Harkerville area of the forest, also part of the Knysna section of the Garden Route National Park, day hiking and cycling routes are now accessible.

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Minister of Environmental Affairs welcomes the declaration of the Garden Route as an Unesco Biosphere Reserve

03 July 2017

15 June 2017 

The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Dr Edna Molewa, has welcomed the approval of the Garden Route as a Unesco Biosphere Reserve.

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SANParks Annual Photo Competition 2017 launches 1st of July

19 June 2017

South African National Parks (SANParks) will be launching the Annual SANParks Photo Competition on the 1st of July 2017. The competition will be open for entries until 31 July 2017. Various prizes are up for grabs, so make sure you enter and share your wonderful captures in our parks. Terms and Conditions apply.

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Department of Environmental Affairs clarifies that rhino horn may not be traded internationally

30 June 2017

30 June 2017

The Department of Environmental Affairs has noted with concern misrepresentation of facts on aspects associated with rhino horn trade. The department would thus clarify that the commercial international trade in rhino horn is and remains prohibited in terms of the international protocols that South Africa is party to, particularly the Convention on International Trade in Species of fauna and flora (CITES). Further clarity is provided that a set of draft regulations published for public comment in February 2017, are not meant to circumvent any CITES process as such will be tantamount to non-compliance.

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Media Release: Access for Kruger National Park Day Visitors during the June school holidays

28 June 2017

Visitor management is a vital part of ensuring the best possible experience for all visitors to Kruger National Park over the coming school holidays starting on Saturday, 1 until Sunday, 23 July 2017. With this in mind, South African National Parks (SANParks) would like to remind Day Visitors to the Kruger National Park (KNP) that daily quotas will once again apply at the entrance gates. Visitors are urged to make pre-bookings for their visits prior to their arrival and there are three time slots which they can choose from as follows:

  • Time slot 1: 06.00 to 08:00
  • Time slot 2: 08:00 to 10:00
  • Time slot 3: 10:00 onwards

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Minister of Environmental Affairs at the Bricks Environment Ministers Meeting in Tianjin, China

26 June 2017

23 June 2017

The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Dr Edna Molewa, says South Africa’s National Development Plan Vision 2030 demonstrates the country’s commitment to implementing sustainable development and Climate-smart developmental approaches.

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SANParks wishes a happy Eid Mubarak

26 June 2017

South African National Parks (SANParks) wishes all our esteemed Muslim staff members and patrons a happy Eid Mubarak.

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Nature will rise - Knysna Fires

23 June 2017

This week SANParks’ recent aerial survey of fire scars around the Garden Route National Park show Harkerville as the most affected area. The Kranshoek Viewpoint and picnic areas were badly burnt. Area Manager for Knysna, Johan de Klerk, says ‘the area burnt used to be fynbos islands that turned into thicket because it had not burnt over a few years. The recent fire will turn it back into fynbos.’

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Knysna forest ready for Oyster Festival

19 June 2017

Initial findings after the devastating fires in Knysna indicate the iconic Knysna forest was not affected by the fire. From Goudveld to Diepwalle, the forest is accessible and was not at all affected by the fire. The Knysna forests are South Africa’s largest portion of Southern Afrotemperate Forests, spanning across some 60,500 hectares of land, from George to Tsitsikamma in the East.

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Part 1 of assessing damage to infrastructure - Knysna Fires

12 June 2017

The SANParks team was tasked by the JOC (Joint Operating Committee) to map affected infrastructure onto a GIS system. This exercise will provide adequate information pertaining to the loss of infrastructure as a result of the devastating Knysna fires. This report which will give an account of the exact areas affected will be handed over to the incident commander of the JOC (Joint Operating Committee).

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Mopping up operations in Knysna

12 June 2017

Mop up operations have begun after the devastating fires in Knysna. The 300-km fire line with some 1016 volunteers todate is managed by a Provincial JOC (Joint Operating Committee).

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Garden Route Fires update - 09 June 2017

09 June 2017

Knysna is still a community in tears this morning after the devastation caused by the fires two nights ago.  More than 500 houses were burnt and over 7,000 people evacuated.

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Media Release: Golden Gate Tourism buddies receive their well-deserved certificates

08 June 2017

Welkom - On Tuesday 06 June 2017 the Free State Tourism buddies who have been trained by amongst others Golden Gate Highlands National Park (GGHNP) received their national certificates at a ceremony which was attended by the Deputy Minister of Tourism Ms Elizabeth Thabethe.

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Media Release: Marakele partners with the local college to spread world environment day message

06 June 2017

South African National Parks (SANParks)’s Marakele National Park, outside of Thabazimbi in Limpopo has today visited the local Waterberg Technical and Vocational Educational Training (TVET) to spread the world environment day message in a form of an exhibition.

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Media Release: Kruger National Park stakeholders clean to connect to mother nature

06 June 2017

Kruger National Park (KNP) in partnership with Total South Africa held the “Keep Kruger Clean” (KKC) campaign at Welverdiend, a village outside Orpen Gate as part of the World Environmental Day (WED) celebrations yesterday, June 6, 2017. The aim of this campaign is to educate and create awareness about the danger of spoiling the environment such as the national parks and other habitats.

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Koedoe and SANParks scientists celebrate World Environment Day

05 June 2017

South African National Parks (SANParks) and Koedoe invites all South Africans to join in the celebration of the annual World Environment Day which is celebrated under the theme "Connecting People to Nature".

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SANParks launches Podcasts and audio files on their website

02 June 2017

On Thursday, 1 June 2017 South African National Parks (SANParks) launched podcasts on www.sanparks.org

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Media Release: Military truck overturns at Crocodile River low level bridge in the Kruger National Park

27 September 2016

A South African Military Truck with four army staff members based in the Park overturned and fell off the Crocodile River low level bridge in the Kruger National Park (KNP) at about 06:30 yesterday, 26 September 2016. There was diesel spillage into the river and a company to attend to the spill was appointed immediately in order to avoid possible pollution to water and the environment in general.

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