Media Release: Buses Take Kruger to Kasies
04 February 2005
The Executive Director of the Kruger National Park (KNP), Dr Bandile Mkhize took delivery of two donated buses for its âTake Kruger to Kasie Projectâ today (Friday February 4, 2005). The two specially equipped Mercedes Benz Sprinter training buses have been donated by Shell South Africa via the voluntary organisation, the Honorary Rangers.
The KNPâs People and Conservation Department will use the two buses to spread the message of conservation and environmental education to the communities living along the boundaries of the KNP.
With slide shows and videos of what the KNP has to offer shown on specially fitted screens and television sets, these buses will assist the KNPâs People and Conservation Department in its vital task of âtaking the park to the peopleâ.
The buses will not only provide the local communities with direct access to information on what the KNP has to offer but will also promote tourism. The KNPâs environmental education and cultural heritage programmes will also be communicated as well as the possible economic empowerment opportunities to the communities involved.
âThanks to the sterling efforts of the Honorary Rangers from the Johannesburg Region and the generosity of companies like Shell. We will be able to deliver on our mission of making the Kruger National Park accessible to all South Africans,â Dr Mkhize said.
The âTake Kruger to Kasie Projectâ is an innovative awareness campaign targeting the communities adjacent to the KNP in both Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces for the first two years, after which the effort will be extended into other provinces.
âShell South Africa is very pleased to be such an integral part of this project,â says Mr Linda Ntombela of Shellâs External Affairs Department, âbecause we consider this kind of outreach education essential for developing a culture of caring for the environment.â Shell Retailâs Mr Vernon Johnson, who was instrumental in arranging the donation, said that the buses have been specially refurbished for this project.
âOur hope is that they will be reliable and safe training vehicles for many years to come,â he said.
The buses will visit community centres, shopping malls and other areas in the âkasies (townships) where members of the community gather.
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You might also wish to check out the photos of the handover ceremony (PDF)....