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Environmental Affairs Minister invites public to comment on the draft regulations on the reclamation of Land from Coastal Waters

27 February 2017

27 February 2017 

The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa, has on 24 February 2017, published in Government Notice R. 167 in Government Gazette No. 40638 draft regulations on the reclamation of land from coastal waters, for public comment. The regulations seek to provide an administrative framework to implement sections 7B and 7C of the National Environmental Management: Integrated Coastal Management Act, 2008 (Act No. 24 of 2008) relating to the submission, processing and consideration of applications for approval to reclaim land from coastal waters.  

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Media Release: Golden Gate ready to welcome the 2017 Clarens Craft Beer Festival delegates

24 February 2017

Golden Gate Highlands National Park employees are excited as they get ready to welcome the delegates to the annual Clarens Beer Festival which takes place on 24 and 25 February 2017. This festival offers beer lovers a chance to sample a variety of beers under one roof and it promotes tourism in the eastern Free State.

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Ecological burn to restore critically endangered Knysna Sand Fynbos on Private Land in GRNP

21 February 2017

 

A team of stakeholders has set the 06th March 2017 as a possible date for an ecological burn. The planned burn which was postponed last year is now back on the cards of a steering committee concerned about the ecological wellbeing of the area. The burn will include some 71 hectares on the Southern slopes along the Brenton-on-sea Road which includes Portions 39 and 40 of the Uitzigt Farm. 

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Media Release: Kruger National Park roads re-open for tourists

21 February 2017

Most of the Kruger National Park (KNP)’s gravel roads which were closed as a precautionary measure due to heavy rain on 16 February 2017 are now open for tourists as from today, 21 February 2017.

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Media Release: Mikosi heads to Robben Island as part of International Tourist Guides' Day

20 February 2017

The renowned tourist guide, Sidney Fhumulani Mikosi will again be in the spotlight when he joins other tour guides around the country as part of the International Tourist Guides’ day that will take place on 3 and 4 March 2017 at Robben Island.

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Sod turning heralds the start of Skukuza Safari Lodge Project

18 February 2017

Environmental Affairs Minister, Dr Edna Molewa, today (Saturday, 18 February 2017) officiated on a sod-turning ceremony just before the start of the building of the Skukuza Safari Lodge in the Kruger National Park (KNP).

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SANParks announces inaugural Tourism Investment Summit 2017

18 February 2017

Skukuza: Particulars of an inaugural Tourism Investment Summit in SA national parks were announced at South African National Parks (SANParks) today, 18 February 2017. The summit, which is to be hosted by SANParks, will be held at The Maslow Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg on 27 March 2017.

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Safety measures in place for Tropical Cyclone Dineo in Kruger National Park

16 February 2017

As we are expecting the Dineo cyclone in the next 24 hours, as part of our state of readiness, we have numbers that members of the public can use to get information about the situation in Kruger National Park. Those who are inside the Park and get stuck somewhere must call and those who are planning to visit, should call and enquire about the conditions of the area they will be visiting. The numbers to dial are: 076 801 9679 or 013 735 0197

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Media Release: KNP temporarily close its gravel roads as Dineo moves throughout the Park

16 February 2017

According to reports from the South African Weather Services, various parts of the Kruger National Park (KNP) in particular the far north of the park are expected to receive heavy rain today (Thursday, 16 February 2017).

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Kids in Parks Programme in Knysna

15 February 2017

The Kids in Parks programme has become one of a few ways learners from underprivileged communities visit National Parks. For a month, 500 learners take turns to explore the mystical Knysna forest and picturesque waterscapes. These are local learners from Knysna and surrounds.

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Media Release: Kids in Parks heading to Camdeboo National Park

15 February 2017

Starting next week, for a period of six weeks, 500 learners and nearly two dozen educators will descend on Camdeboo National Park around Graaff-Reinet for their annual Kids in Parks programme.  Each school’s three-day field trip is co-sponsored by Pick ‘n Pay and the Departments of Education and Environmental Affairs.

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SANParks Tourism Investment Summit

14 February 2017

South African National Parks (SANParks) will be launching its inaugural Tourism Investment Summit to the public at its Head Office in Pretoria. The Summit will be held at the Maslow Hotel in Sandton on 27 March 2017.

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25% discount offered at three parks

10 February 2017

South African National Parks (SANParks) is offering 25% discount on low season tariffs to short notice online reservations for accommodation and camping at a selection of nine camps in three parks.

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Media Release: Stakeholder participation process open for Protected Environment

10 February 2017

The stakeholder participation process for comments and inputs on the Management Plan for the Mountain Zebra Camdeboo Protected Environment (MZCPE) has kicked off and is open until 13 March 2017.

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Media Release: Wimpy staff on strike in Kruger National Park

09 February 2017

Employees of Wimpy restaurant in the Kruger National Park (KNP), Pretoriuskop Camp are as from today (Thursday, 9 February 2017) embarking on an industrial action due to unresolved dispute between them and their employer.

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Media Release: 2017 Marakele marathon date set

09 February 2017

Marakele National Park’s most popular event, the Marakele marathon and half marathon date has been announced to be the 08th of April 2017. This Comrades qualifier race is brought by SANParks in partnership with SANParks Honorary Rangers and Thabazimbi marathon club.

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Media Release: Recent rains welcome at Mapungubwe National Park

07 February 2017

Mapungubwe National Park, like the rest of the country was drought stricken in the last couple of months, but thanks to the recent rains the Park is looking greener and the Limpopo River which runs through the Park is flowing again.

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New area for day visitors in Wilderness section of Garden Route National Park

06 February 2017

There are now officially designated areas for day visitors in the Wilderness section of Garden Route National Park. The move to have designated areas was motivated by a growing number of day visitors to Wilderness. In 2016, 71 280 day visitors entered the Wilderness section of the Garden Route National Park compared to last year’s 61 770. So says Area Manager of Wilderness, Sandra Taljaard "we have recorded an increase of day visitors as well as campers from 2014 and thus the need to cater for the different needs and expectations of different visitors."

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Media Release: World Wetlands Day observed at Marakele National Park

06 February 2017

On Friday 03 February, Marakele National Park outside of Thabazimbi together with Biodiversity Special Programme (BSP) in the park celebrated World Wetlands Day. The event, celebrated under the theme “Wetlands for disaster risk reduction” focused on raising public awareness on direct and indirect benefits of wetlands in particular the role that they play in disaster risk reduction, and their benefits to humanity.

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World Wetlands Day

02 February 2017

The World Wetlands Day campaign helps reflect on the significant role played by wetlands in the ecosystem: Wetlands help reduce the impacts of flooding, act as a sponge when it rains by holding and releasing water to rivers. They also store carbon and are home to many plants and animals. They also provide a sense of place and refuge for birds.

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

26 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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