Skip to Content

Media Release: SANParks New Chief Executive Assumes Office

Date: 2003-11-03

Facebook Pinterest Twitter LinkedIn Google+

The newly appointed South African National Parks Chief Executive, Mr David Madoda Mabunda, assumed office today.

Mr Mabunda's appointment to this crucial position was confirmed by cabinet on the 08 October 2003 . He comes on the heels of Mavuso Msimang, who has now joined SITA (State Information Technology Agency) as Chief Executive Officer, also formally assuming office today. 

"Mr Mabunda inherits a more healthy and focused organisation which has in the past five years developed from strength to strength. His significant experience and knowledge of the organisation together with his experience and interest in the eco-tourism sector will certainly assist the organisation as it proceeds to consolidate the advances achieved thus far," said the chairperson of the SANParks Board, Murphy Morobe. 

"SANParks is a dynamic organisation which offers one a lot of challenges and opportunities in both the sectors of conservation and tourism. I expect that the support I will be receiving from my colleagues will make these challenges and opportunities easier and a pleasure to deal with." said Mabunda. 

While addressing a team of his managers, Mabunda said, "The focus of this organisation for the past few years, apart from a development of its conservation mandate, has been on its people and we intend to continue in this light. No drastic changes are expected at this stage. It is important that in taking over from where Mavuso left off, continuity is ensured." 

Issued by:
South African National Parks 

wanda mkutshulwa
Head of Communications, 
Tel: + 27-12-426-5201; Fax: +27-12-343-0153; Cell: 082 908-2692,


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