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Media Release: Fire in the Kruger National Park: Carte Blanche

Date: 2001-11-10

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In the light of the official inquiry launched by myself as Chairperson of SANParks, following the horrendous fire in the Kruger National Park recently, Senior Management were asked not to pre-empt the outcome of the inquiry by speaking to the media.

Many of the facts as portrayed by Carte Blanche on Sunday evening, 18 November 2001, are refutable.Amongst many other inaccuracies, the Director of Kruger National Park did not say that families of those whorefused to bury their deceased family members in the Kruger National Park would not be given financialassistance. Identification of the authentic relatives of those who died as a result of the fire was an extremelydifficult process and involved various other persons besides Mr David Mabunda (such as the relevant Chiefs inthe region).

It is sad, and disappointing, that Carte Blanche should have sensationalised Operation Prevail and linked it tothe events surrounding the fire.

SANParks is prepared to make a full statement as soon as the inquiry has been completed.

Issued by:
M Morobe
Chairperson: SANParks

Enquiries:
Shirley Koaho
Acting Head: Communications
SANParks
Tel: (012) 426 5006;Cell: 082 926 5084

OR

William Mabasa
Public Relations Manager: Kruger National Park
Tel: (013) 735 4363;Cell: 082 807 3919

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