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Media Release: Free Access to National Parks starts in 2 weeks

Date:2016-08-30

<p class="leading">South African National Park (SANParks) is again opening its doors for free from Monday, 12 September until Friday, 16 September as part of the annual South African National Parks Week. This campaign under the established theme &lsquo;Know Your National Parks&rsquo; will allow locals with valid identity documents an opportunity to spend a day at a national park of their choice free of charge.</p>

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SA National Parks Week in the Garden Route National Park

Date:2016-08-30

<p class="leading">This year&rsquo;s South African National Parks Week in the Garden Route National Park (GRNP) begins on Sunday, the 11th September until Saturday, the 17th September 2016. The campaign encourages all South Africans to visit National Parks around the country. The Garden Route will open the campaign week with the launch of the Gold nugget cycling route in the Goudveld area on Sunday, the 11th September 2016 from 10:30am.</p>

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Table Mountain National Park Position Statement: Tokai and Cecilia Plantations

Date:2016-08-30

<p class="leading">26 August 2016 - The devastating March 2015 fires which burnt Upper Tokai plantation have refocused the public&rsquo;s attention on the future of the area.</p>

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Position Statement: Tokai and Cecilia Plantations

Date:2016-08-26

<p>The devastating March 2015 fires which burnt Upper Tokai plantation have refocused the public&rsquo;s attention on the future of the area. Over the past few months a range of letters, opinions, sms&rsquo;s, advertisements and campaigns have been published and aired in the media and other platforms on the safety issue and status of remaining plantations in the Lower Tokai area of the Table Mountain National Park (TMNP).&nbsp;</p>

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Media Release: Northern Region Parks get ready for the 11th edition of the SA National Parks Week

Date:2016-08-26

<p>Parks in the Northern Region of South African National Parks (SANParks) will once again welcome all South African citizens to enjoy the beauty found in the national Parks for free from the 12th-17th September.</p>

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Media Release: Joint Statement by George Municipality, Eden District Muncipality, SANParks, Southern Cape Fire Protection Association

Date:2016-08-24

<p>A raging fire propelled by berg winds of up to 48km/hr lef t a trail of destruction in Wilderness on the 11th August with four homes lost. &nbsp;At a meeting held on 23rd August in Wilderness with the affected homeowners - George Municipality, Eden District Municipality, SANParks and &nbsp;the Southern Cape Fire Protection Association (SCFPA) again extended their sympathies to those who lost homes and possessions.</p>

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Golden Gate Highlands National Park to host a weekend of African Spirituality

Date:2016-08-23

<p>SANParks is most renowned for the protection of the biodiversity of flora and fauna in its 22 parks; lesser known is that it also has as its primary mandate, the protection and promotion of South Africa&rsquo;s cultural heritage. Several of the parks under SANParks&rsquo; management have significant spiritual, cultural and historical status with several boasting archaeological and heritage sites.</p>

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Media Release: Bus accident on R712 in Golden Gate Highlands National Park claims nine lives

Date:2016-08-22

<p>South African National Parks (SANParks) has received with sadness the news of the bus accident which happened on the R712 road that passed through Golden Gate Highlands National Park on Friday 19 August 2016, in which nine people lost their lives.&nbsp;</p>

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Media Release: First pitter patter of lion cub paws in Mountain Zebra National Park

Date:2016-08-19

<p class="leading">The first litter of free roaming lion cubs in the area in over 130 years has been born in Mountain Zebra National Park outside Cradock in the Eastern Cape.</p>

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Ecological block burn for Harkerville

Date:2016-08-15

The planned ecological block burning postponed from last year for the Harkerville area is set to kick off tomorrow (16th August 2016). So says Area Manager for Knysna, Johan de Klerk, "fynbos is a vegetation type which is adapted to fire and more so, dependent on fire.  Many species only recruit after a fire as fire stimulates seed release and germination. Without fire, there would be no fynbos."

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Media Release: Kruger National Park Elephant trampled a local resident

Date:2016-08-15

Kruger National Park (KNP) rangers discovered a lifeless human body, of a local resident from Mabilingwe, a village south of Punda Maria Gate on Saturday, 13 August 2016 at around 13:30. 

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GRNP/EMI Awards 2016 in Tsitsikamma

Date:2016-08-15

The Garden Route National Park honoured staff on Friday, 12 August 2016. The event was held at the Cattle Baron Restaurant's deck in Tsitsikamma where 140 people attended including the Chief Operating Officer of SANParks-Ms Lize McCourt, Senior General Manager-Jill Bunding-Venter, GRNP Park Manager- Paddy Gordon and other guests.  68 rangers qualified as Environmental Management Inspectors according to NEMA's Section 31 B and C of 2008. 

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Namaqua National Park Flower Report 2016

Date:2016-08-10

The Namaqua National Park Flower Report as on 04 August 2016

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Media Release: Churches ask for spiritual intervention in wildlife crime

Date:2016-08-10

The Kruger National Park (KNP) in partnership with various church denominations from the Park’s neighbouring communities will assemble on Saturday, 13 August 2016 at Skukuza Soccer Field to pray for the protection of wildlife and the Rangers as well as to condemn wildlife crime in general.

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Media Release: World Ranger Day celebrated in the Arid Region

Date:2016-08-08

World Ranger Day is organised by the International Ranger Federation and was first held in 2007. Around the globe, rangers are on the front line in the fight to protect our natural heritage. World Ranger Day, celebrated on 31 July, offers a chance to support their vital work, which ranges from environmental campaigning to education. 

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