Skip to Content

Media Release: CE Leaves SANParks

Date: 2003-06-26

Facebook Pinterest Twitter LinkedIn Google+

The Board of South African National Parks at its meeting yesterday considered and accepted the decision of its Chief Executive, Mavuso Msimang to leave SANParks later in the year, to pursue other interests. 

The Board is initiating a process to find a suitable replacement as soon as possible. Msimang will be leaving SANParks after the Vth World Parks Congress, which takes place in Durban in September 2003. He has been central in the preparations for the congress. 

The Chairperson of the Board of SANParks, Murphy Morobe, acknowledged that SANParks will be losing a great leader in Msimang but the organisation accepts the need to let him move on. 

SANParks has gone through a number of changes during Msimang's tenure of office. Some of the more significant include the successful commercialisation programme which has seen private sector involvement in the running of restaurants, concession agreements with lodge operators and the strengthening of relationships with some of the communities living adjacent to National Parks. Under his leadership SANParks has also undergone extensive transformation both in its management structure and in the execution of its mandate. He will leave behind an organisation better prepared than ever to meet the challenges of conservation in today's era of globalisation and competing demands on scarce financial resources. 

"It is hoped that Msimang will continue to employ his relaxed, yet focused approach to business which has seen SANParks prevailing over its problems in such a short space of time," said Morobe. 


Issued by:
South African National Parks

wanda mkutshulwa 
Head of Communications 
Tel: + 27-12-426-5201; Fax: +27-12-343-0153 


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