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Media Release: SANParks donates playground equipment to pre-school

Date: 2014-02-25

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21 February 2014 - The Kruger National Park (KNP)’s Managing Executive, Abe Sibiya  officially handed over a jungle gym to the Pre-School learners of Takheleni Primary School at Matsulu Village  on Friday, 21 February 2014. 

“This handover is part of SANParks Corporate Social Investment (CSI) initiatives. Our support for neighbouring communities includes providing infrastructure and related resources in areas of education, youth development, health and other identified needs hence we are giving this playing equipment today to the children of Takheleni. Pre-School.    In addition, our People and Conservation Department run programmes such as Environmental Education and Kids in Parks where school children from previously disadvantaged background are given free access to the parks and learn more about nature conservation. ” said The KNP Managing Executive, Mr Abe Sibiya.

“1% Community Levy is charged on all reservations for accommodation and activities in order to fund projects that support the surrounding communities in so as to improve their lives by creating health and education facilities. We also assist in creating water and sanitation projects in communities neighbouring our parks”, concluded Sibiya.  

At the same event, SANParks officials also had a sod turning event for the a Kitchen Block which is also part of the donation to Takhelani Pre-School of which the construction is going to start soon in this current year.

In 2012, SANParks launched its new vision which says “Connecting to Society” as a strategy to reach out to communities and ultimately, contribute to the government’s mandate towards social development. Just last year in 2013, SANParks donated an Administration block at Dumisani High School, a village outside Kruger Gate and a Computer Laboratory at Masiza High School in Phalaborwa.

Takheleni Pre-School
From Left, The Chairperson of SGB, Mr Norman Mbokoto, The  Deputy Chief Education Specialist, Ethel Khoza, The KNP Managing Executive, Mr Abe Sibiya and The Principal of Takheleni Primary School, Mr Vusi Lubisi, unveils the new Playground equipment for the Pre-School learners.

Takheleni Pre-School
From Left, Mr Vusi Lubisi, Takheleni Principal, The Chairperson of SGB, Norman Mbokoto,  Mr Blake Schraader, The General Manager Technical Services in KNP, Mrs Ethel Khoza, Deputy Chief Education Specialist and Mr Abe Sibiya, KNP Managing Executive during a sod turning for the new Kitchen Block at Takheleni Primary School.

Takheleni Pre-School
Takheleni Pre-School learners entertain the delegates during the event.

Issued by:
South African National Parks (SANParks) Kruger National Park Communications
Tel: 013 735 4116

William Mabasa
GM: Communications and Marketing, Kruger National Park
Tel: 013 735 4363, Cell: 082 807 3919



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