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Media Release: The 2012 Kudu Awards deadline extended

Date: 2012-08-22

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The 2012 Kudu Awards organized by South African National Parks (SANParks) in partnership with First National Bank (FNB) has extended its deadline for entries until 31 August 2012. SANParks, Acting Head of Communications, Paul Daphne said the Kudu Awards are becoming one of the best conservation awards programmes in the country in which a lot of companies, individuals as well as community groups enter to showcase their work around environment and conservation of natural resources.

He said in the world threatened by a change in climate patterns it is important that corporate, individuals or groups are able to show what they are doing to be advocates for change in their operations all in the name of taking care of the environment we are living in.

The award is an initiative that aims to recognise external stakeholders for their contributions and efforts in making SANParks the custodian of choice for the national parks system in South Africa. “It aims at enhancing equitable and sustainable relationships with various external communities with a particular caring interest to the national parks of our country.” 

Daphne said entrants enter the award programme voluntarily, and they allow their projects to be scrutinised by a panel of judges and comment on aspects such as the positive impact the project or an individual has had on the environment

According to Daphne entering the awards programme holds real, tangible benefits for entrants. “In addition to receiving a thorough summary of all comments by judges, whether positive or negative, finalists and winners receive widespread exposure which gives them a definite competitive edge to their peers, particularly around their passion for our parks and all have a need to be recognised as the best in the conservation of our biodiversity.”

“It is for this reason that we need to celebrate these achievements by paying tribute to those who worked effortlessly in putting our parks on the forefront of conservation.”

The awards will be made in five different categories. The first being the Corporate Contribution to Conservation Award. The second award category is the Environmental Media Contribution to Conservation. The third is Community Contribution to Conservation and the fourth category is Environmental Education/Capacity Building award. The last category is the Website Community Choice award which is not adjudicated by the Kudu Awards panel as the SANParks forum moderators create an online poll where the public can vote for the nominees online. Nominations for the  Website Community Choice award can however be submitted via the official nomination form (below).

Daphne said SANParks will still receive final entries by close of business on 31 August 2012. 

The award winners will be announced at a function in the Gauteng in November.

For more information or an entry form visit:


Issued by:

Media Enquiries: 
Itshekeng Mokone
Manager: Public Relations & Events
Tel: 012 426 5058 / 072 534 1515 

Reynold “Rey” Thakhuli,
GM: Media Liaison & Stakeholder Relations,
Tel: 012 426 5203 / 073 373 4999 



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