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Media Release: SANParks fully operational despite strike action

28 July 2017

South African National Parks (SANParks) management today confirmed that services at all their parks have not been affected by the strike action of some of their employees. The employees are members of the Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (HOSPERSA). They officially begun their strike on the 25th July 2017 after a dispute with SANParks over salary increases.   

SANParks Head of Communications Janine Raftopoulos, said guests should continue with their plans to visit the parks as contingency plans around the strike have been activated. “All our Parks including Table Mountain and Kruger National Park are open for business and there are no disruptions. We expect HOSPERSA members to adhere to the picketing rules and to respect the right of non-striking employees” said Raftopoulos.

SANParks earlier revised its offer to 6.1 percent plus 1 percent pay progression to qualifying employees, which totals to 7.1 percent. In addition, a once-off ex-gratia payment of 0.4 percent on the basic salary will be paid to all employees. Those who do not qualify for pay progression will be paid 1 percent once-off.

National Health Education & Allied Workers Union (NEHAWU) has formally accepted the offer made by SANParks and their members remain at their posts.    

For Bookings and updates, guests can visit the SANParks Website; alternatively guests can call our central reservations number: 012 428 9111. 

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Issued by:
South African National Parks (SANParks) Corporate Communications
Tel: 012 426 5170 

Media enquiries:
Janine Raftopoulos
SANParks Head of Communications
Tel: 012 426 5170, cell: 071 444 3121

Reynold “Rey T” Thakhuli
General Manager: Media, PR & Stakeholder Relations
Tel: 012 426 5170, Mobile: 073 373 4999

Ike Phaahla
SANParks Media Specialist
Tel: 012 426 5315, Mobile 083 673 6974

Editorial fact sheet: 
SANParks Employees: 4089
HOSPERSA Members: 2136
Striking Employees per Park
Marakele National Park: 12
Table Mountain National Park: 4 
Wilderness – 21
Tsitsikama National Park – 24 
Camdeboo National Park – 16 
Addo National Park – 42
Kruger National Park – 91
Groenkloof – 50

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