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Media Release: Dr Bandile Mkhize departs Kruger National Park

Date: 2008-11-28

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The Managing Executive Dr Bandile Mkhize said farewell to the staff of the Kruger National Park (KNP) last night (Thursday November 27, 2008) during his farewell function.

The Managing Executive Dr Bandile Mkhize said farewell to the staff of the Kruger National Park (KNP) last night (Thursday November 27, 2008) during his farewell function.

“I encourage all staff to continue with their efforts and I urge SANParks management to give the KNP all the support it deserves,” he said during the event, which took place at the Skukuza Golf Clubhouse.

He has headed up the KNP since March 1, 2004, when he took over the reins from the previous park head, Dr David Mabunda (current Chief Executive of South African National Parks).

In his address on behalf of SANParks, Dr Mabunda thanked Dr Mkhize for his contribution to the KNP. “We thank him for his efforts and hard work during his tenure and, although we understand he is not lost to conservation, we still believe his departure from the KNP will be a loss for our organisation. We wish him well with his new appointment and know that he will take some of the lessons he learnt in the KNP to his new post,” he commented.

Although Dr Mkhize’s contract with SANParks only expires at the end of March 2009, he requested the board to release him earlier and this request has been granted.

Dr Mkhize, who holds a PhD in the Geography of Tourism, will take up the position of Chief Executive Officer of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife from Monday December 1, 2008.

Mr Abe Sibiya, currently the KNP’s General Manager: Operations, will act as the KNP’s Managing Executive until a permanent appointment is made. Sibiya, who joined the KNP at the beginning of November 2008, has extensive experience in the conservation and tourism industry.

Issued by:
Raymond Travers, Media Relations Practitioner, Kruger National Park. Contact: Tel: (013) 735 4116, cell: 082 908 2677 or email:

William Mabasa, HOD: Public Relations and Communication, Kruger National Park. Contact: Tel: (013) 735 4363, cell: 082 807 3919 or email:

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