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Media Release: Kruger National Park Management Plan Review Sessions at major cities scheduled

15 May 2017

To broaden the consultation process for the Management Plan review, the Kruger National Park (KNP) will hold structured meetings at major cities in the country from 17 to 27 May 2017 and would like to invite interested members of the public to come and give input. This follows up on the public sessions which took place in the local communities bordering the Park from 18 April to 4 May 2017. It is a requirement of the National Environment Management: Protected Areas Act No 57 of 2003 that all protected areas must have management plans and review them every 10 years.

“SANParks vision which reads “a sustainable National Park system connecting society” is the cornerstone of the Park Management Plan and serves as a guideline for our engagements with stakeholders. Our first Park Management Plan was approved in 2008 and the consultation process was a bit limited as it concentrated on mainly the two provinces in which the Park is found. This time we would like to include as many people as possible hence we will be visiting more provinces; because it is important that their input gets included on the plan which will serve as a policy in the next 10 years”, said the KNP Managing Executive, Glenn Phillips.

Five Stakeholder meetings at four major cities will take place at the venues as follows:

Date
Venue
Forum/Area
Time

17 May 2017

Royal Hotel Durban 09:00

24 May 2017

Strand Tower Hotel Cape Town 09:00

25 May 2017

Manhattan Hotel Pretoria 09:00

26 May 2017

Aviator Hotel Kempton Park 08:00

27 May 2017

Ingwenyama Lodge White River 09:00

Those who may not be able to attend the sessions but would like to register as a stakeholder and give input, can still do so through the SANParks website on https://www.sanparks.org/conservation/park_man/ or enquire from Dudu Letswele on telephone: 013 735 4102 between Monday and Friday during office hours. Stakeholders can also send an email to knpmanagementplan@sanparks.org 

Issued by:
South African National Parks: Communications & Marketing Department – Kruger National Park.

Media enquiries:
William Mabasa
Acting Head of Communications - SANParks
Tel: 013 735 4363/012 426 5170, cell: 082 807 3919
Email: william.mabasa@sanparks.org

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