Skip to Content

Media Release: Driver gets penalty for impala deaths

Date: 2012-05-07

Facebook Pinterest Twitter LinkedIn Google+

A driver of a delivery truck (with trailer attached) belonging to one of the contractors currently working in the Park, Shivers Contracting Company who collided with a herd of impala last week on the Kruger Gate - Skukuza road; which resulted in the deaths of at least seven impala was slapped with a fine of R2500.

“SANParks not only grieves for the loss of the impala but is also saddened that such an incident took place in a protected area, which is meant for safeguarding of these animals. We have decided to take action against the offending driver; who has been charged with failure to comply with the management rule, NEMA: Protected Areas Act, 57/2003 as well as inconsiderate driving to other road users by driving fast on the road and getting involved in an accident, which led to killing our impala”, said the KNP’s Head of Public Relations, William Mabasa.

Impala, especially fighting rams tend to chase each other in the bush and over the roads, mostly when they are in their rutting season; either to gain dominance over each other or to round their female counterparts to join up their harems. 

 “We’d like to appeal to the public to always be on the look-out for all kinds of species while driving on the roads in the Park as they are a general site; therefore please remember that these animals have a right of way”, continued Mabasa.

The accident happened at around 17:30 on Wednesday, 2 May 2012 and the vehicle was driving towards Skukuza. Eyewitnesses have stated that the vehicle overtook their cars at high speed, only to slam over the poor impala at the junction of Paul Kruger and Skukuza Staff Village roads. 

 “The vehicle belongs to one of our contractors; however strict measures had to be taken against the driver as we cannot afford to allow this sort of behaviour by anyone, including our business partners. We expect this move will act as a deterrent, while we also hope and pray that a similar incident will not repeat itself in future,” concluded Mr Mabasa.

Issued by: 
Laura Mukwevho,
Media Relations Practitioner, Kruger National Park.
Tel: 013 735 4262; cell: 082 807 1441 

William Mabasa,
HOD: Public Relations and Communication, Kruger National Park.
Tel: 013 735 4363; cell: 082 807 3919 



Online Bookings

Browse accommodation and activities availability, and book online via our secure payment system and get 5% discount (excludes activities)


Get a Wild Card!

Get unlimited access to most of Southern Africa’s premier conservation areas.

Wild Card

Membership is valid from date of purchase for 365 days and is available for an individual, couple or family, as well as international guests. Learn more...

Purchase Membership

Attention: CoP17 Delegates

Experience South Africa's biodiversity - South African National Parks wants to offer you the opportunity to explore the myriad of wonders and unique experiences to be found in our national parks. Bush, sea, mountains, deserts... Our parks cater for the getaway of your choice. View the special offer.

Latest Forum Posts

Join our ForumsAlready a member? Login!

Fresh off the Webcams

Addo Webcam
Addo Elephant National Park
Nossob Webcam
Nossob Camp, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
Orpen Webcam
Orpen, Kruger National Park
Satara Webcam
Satara, Kruger National Park

Public Sighting of the Month

August Winning Image
Lions watching their prey, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park - by Willie Visagie