Media Release: Kruger’s Management Committee conducts blitz on rule-breakers
Members of the Kruger National Park (KNP) Management Committee showed their commitment to the rules and regulations of the park today (Friday December 5, 2008) by doing a blitz on visitors who choose to break the rules.
The senior managers led by the acting KNP Managing Executive Mr Abe Sibiya, joined KNP law enforcement officers, which consist of KNP Protection Services, KNP Rangers and the South African Police Service (SAPS), on various patrols, road blocks and speed traps in an attempt to curb unruly behaviour.
“We would like to believe that most of our visitors do indeed maintain the rules and regulations of the park but we are aware of an element who choose not to follow the rules and it is these people we would like to single out and fine for their incorrect behaviour,” said the KNP’s Head of Public Relations, Mr William Mabasa.
The rules and regulations of the KNP, which are well communicated on entrance permits, signage and pamphlets, include the following:
- Visitors must remain in their vehicles unless in a designated area.
- Remember that no part of the body may protrude from a window or sunroof or any other part of the vehicle. Vehicle doors should be closed at all times.
- Stick to the speed limit! All general rules of the road apply within the Kruger National Park. The speed limit is 50 km/h on tar roads and 40 km/h on gravel roads.
- Look at the gate times in your green gate permit. You must be inside the camp or out of the gate before these times. No travelling before or after these times are allowed.
- Gate times must be strictly adhered to and late comers may be subject to a fine.
- You are not allowed to drive “off-road” or on roads with a “no entry” sign.
- The feeding or disturbing of animals is a serious offence. Remember, animals see litter as food!
- Overnight visitors are only allowed to stay at a booked and recognised overnight facility and must report to reception before occupying accommodation or camping.
- All accommodation and camping sites may be occupied from 12:00 am on the day of arrival and must be vacated by 09:00 am on the day pf departure.
- Vehicles of a carrying capacity exceeding 4 000 kg, buses or any vehicles with more than 25 seats, are restricted to the tar roads.
- A stringent noise restriction is enforced between 21:30 and 06:00. The use of cell phones is permitted only in camps, gates and in cases of emergency.
- The use of roller skates, skateboards, bicycles and motorbikes is prohibited.
Rules and regulations are enforced under the National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act, 2003 (Act no. 57 of 2003) and transgression can result in a maximum spot fine of up to R1 500.
KNP law enforcement officials will continue this all out blitz on rule breakers until January 2009.
Raymond Travers, Media Relations Practitioner, Kruger National Park. Contact: Tel: (013) 735 4116, cell: 082 908 2677 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
William Mabasa, HOD: Public Relations and Communication, Kruger National Park. Contact: Tel: (013) 735 4363, cell: 082 807 3919 or email: email@example.com
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