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Media Release: Kudu Awards crown South African conservation titans

21 November 2016

The South African National Parks (SANParks), supported by Total SA and First National Bank (FNB), recognised deserving conservationists at their 12th annual SANParks Kudu Awards ceremony held at Gallagher Estates in Midrand on 18 November 2016.

Mr Fundisile Mketeni SANParks CEO, said that the Kudu Awards recognises internal and external stakeholders for their vital contribution in making South African National Parks the custodian of choice for the national parks system in South Africa. “These awards honour people for their meaningful contributions to the protection of the environment through various means which reflects society’s admirable social responsibility - giving meaning to the SANParks vision of ‘A Sustainable National Parks System Connecting Society’.”

Kgosi Ledimo, CEO of FNB Public Sector Banking added, “as a truly South African Bank we understand that we have a responsibility to safeguard our natural resources and actively get involved in initiatives that contribute to this cause, however big or small. We congratulate and salute the individuals that have been recognised at the forefront of inspiring, educating and mobilising their peers with their extraordinary display of environmental activism.

Nyameka Makonya, Head of Sustainable Development for Total South Africa: “In any business, employees who live the brand are considered as brand ambassadors. This could not be more true of the worthy recipients of the Kudu Awards. These ambassadors do more than protect and preserve our national parks, they also inspire the next generation of eco-tourism professionals. As Total South Africa, we proud to support and celebrate such environmental heroes.”

As part of the awards SANParks Board Chairperson Ms Joanne Yawitch bestowed a Lifetime Contribution Award to Anna Kamfer from Karoo National Park, in the Western Cape. Kamfer joined Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in 1978 before moving to Karoo National Park. She has loyally served SANParks for 38 years and has helped make Karoo National Parks one of the best National Parks in South Africa. 

Mr Fundisile also bequeathed the Shield Award to the Karoo Lion Search Team for their persistence, determination and hard work under harsh and dangerous conditions in the search of the escaped “Sylvester the Lion” in the Karoo National Park.

Winners of the 2016 Kudu Awards in the respective categories are:

Associated Partners:

N3 Gateway Tourism Association for the value add efforts in marketing Golden Gate Highlands National Park and making the park one of the preferred tourism destination along their management road network.

Business Partner of the Year:�

Cape Point Partnership with Thebe Tourism for their continued performance in growing SANParks business and exceeding targets in the 2015/16 financial year.

Corporate Contribution (Non-Profit Making Organisation):

The Cape Town Environmental Education Trust, in recognition of their dedication to conservation management which includes monitoring of critical endangered fauna & flora, rehabilitation programmes, awareness raising and clean-up campaigns. � �

Environmental Media: Best Print Journalist; Best Community Electronic Media/ Radio Journalist; Best Community Print Media Journalist; Best National Electronic Media/ Television Journalist:

This year’s Environmental Media Award, Best Print Journalist of the Year went to Media24’s Elise Templehof for consistently providing in-depth reporting on various environmental topics including rhino poaching, mining, water scarcity and creating awareness about the impact of negative practices to the environment.

The Best Community Electronic Media/ Radio Journalist of the Year went to Gladys Mathebula of Bushbuckridge Radio 88.4FM for consistently providing in-depth reporting on rhino poaching issues and creating awareness in the local communities about the impact of rhino poaching to conservation and tourism.

Anena Burger from Media24 won the Best Community Print Media Journalist of the Year for consistently providing in-depth reporting on various environmental/ conservation issues and creating awareness in the local communities.

The Best National Electronic Media / Television Journalist of the Year went to Michael Appel formerly from ANN7 for consistently providing in-depth reporting on rhino poaching issues and creating awareness about the impact of rhino poaching to conservation and tourism.

Finally Saturday’s Star Sheree Bega received the Best Journalist Hall of Fame Award for consistently exhibiting a genuine integrity and interest in environmental and conservation issues in the media covering a variety of topics.

Individual Contribution:

Prof Anne Rasa for her tireless efforts and determination in the conservation, rehabilitation and awareness of the plight of the Kalahari Meerkat population.

Honorary Ranger Best Region of the Year:

This is the SANParks Honorary Rangers (a volunteer organisation working in national parks) Awards and the winner is the East Rand Region, for their dedication and passion to nature conservation and their involvement in fund raising activities in accordance with SANParks vision and mission.

Honorary Ranger Best Project of the Year:

The second winner in the Honorary Rangers Awards category is the Kruger National Park Rustic Camps for their efforts in nature conservation issues and contributing to SANParks through fundraising and support of anti-poaching activities and general environmental and eco-tourism programmes.

Environmental Education/ Capacity Building Award:

Dyondzekani Primary School won in this category for their dedication and active teaching and implementing Environmental Education programmes in accordance with SANParks People and Conservation principles.

The Awards evening also saw SANParks staff members being rewarded through the Chief Executive Awards. A total of 36 Chief Executive Awards were given out this year ranging from the Shield Award, Best Customer Service, Best Constituency Builder, Best Ranger Post, Best Performing Camp, Best Performing Park of the Year, Best Performing Entrance Gate/ Reception, Excellent Performance in the workplace, Overall Best Performer, Best Performing Division, Best Leadership Award, CEO Special Award to the Website Community Choice Award.

Shield Award Winners
Shield Award winners, Karoo Lion Search Team from Karoo National Park, SANParks.

Lifetime Award Winner
Lifetime Contribution Award winner Anna Kamfer from Karoo National Park, SANParks.

Issued by:
South African National Parks (SANParks) Corporate Communications
Tel: 012 426 5170

William Mabasa
Acting Head of Communications, SANParks
Tel: 013 735 4363; Cell: 082 807 3919

Reynold “Rey” Thakhuli
SANParks GM: Media, PR and Stakeholder Relations
Tel: 012 426 5203; Cell: 073 373 4999

Patty Seetharam
Senior Communications Manager FNB
Tel: 087 312 4639

Nadia Vosloo
Acting Corporate Communications Manager, Total South Africa
Tel: 011 778 2000; Cell: 082 901 2502

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