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Media Release: South African National Parks Calls for Nominations to Honour Excellence in Conservation

Date: 2006-04-06

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South African National Parks (SANParks) is calling for nominations for the coveted second annual SANParks Kudu Awards.

South African National Parks (SANParks) is calling for nominations for the coveted second annual SANParks Kudu Awards.

Launched in June last year, the Kudu Awards aim to recognise and award those stakeholders who have made a meaningful contribution to conservation in South Africa. The awards are in the form of a Kudu statue – derived from the organisation’s emblem, the Kudu head.

The Kudu Awards were launched at a gala event in Johannesburg last year and they will be staged every year.

SANParks Chief Executive Dr David Mabunda says as a result of the widespread positive feedback garnered during last year’s awards, the organisation has taken a strategic decision to stage them annually.

“It gives us great pleasure indeed as a leading conservation organisation in the country to once again be able to pay tribute to those individuals and groups of people who are helping us carry our conservation mandate. Following on the success of the inaugural awards, this year’s occasion promises to be bigger and better.

“I would like to appeal to all individuals, companies and organisations to help us find those people in our midst whose contribution to conservation we need to honour and recognise,” said Dr Mabunda.

Nominations for the Kudu Awards should be in the following categories:

- Corporate Contribution to Conservation Award
For individuals or companies that have made a significant contribution to SANParks’ conservation projects and initiatives financially or otherwise.

- Media Award
For journalists who have contributed to conservation reporting in a fair and socially responsible manner.

- Community Contributor to Conservation Award
This award recognises a community member or group that has been active in matters pertaining to conservation. Nominations may also be considered for a community member or group that has made significant contributions to environmental education and awareness in their or other communities.

- Environment Education Award
Nominations are also invited from educators who have contributed towards environmental education. Volunteers who have ensured the education of young people or even adults on matters pertaining to the environment, may also be nominated.

This year’s Kudu Awards will be held on June 29 at a venue still to be announced.

Meanwhile, nomination forms are available on the SANParks website http://www.sanparks.org/
They will also be available at the following national parks as from April 10:

Addo Elephant; Agulhas, Augrabies Falls, Bontebok, Camdeboo, Golden Gate Highlands, Groenkloof, Karoo, Kgalagadi Transfrontier, Knysna Lake Area, Kruger, Mapungubwe, Marakele, Mountain Zebra, Namaqua, Table Mountain, Tankwa Karoo, Tsitsikamma, |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld, Vaalbos, West Coast, Wilderness

 


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Issued by: Lulama Luti
                 South African National Parks
                 Tel: (012) 426-5203 or 082-905-4645

Enquiries:  Wanda Mkutshulwa
                  South African National Parks
                  Tel: (012) 426-5201 or 082-908-2692

Nomination Form


 

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