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Media Release: Interruption of utilities supply at the restaurant facilities in Satara, Olifants and Letaba Rest Camps in Kruger National Park

26 September 2017

South African National Parks (SANParks) would like to apologise to the Mugg and Bean Group for any inconvenience caused regarding the media release issued by SANParks on Thursday, 21 September 2017. The Mugg and Bean Group withdrew as a franchisor of the restaurant facilities at Letaba, Satara and Olifants rest camps in the Kruger National Park in March 2017.

The updated statement is that the ongoing dispute between Ringgold and SANParks is around the lawfulness of Ringgold’s continued occupation of the restaurant facilities at Letaba, Satara and Olifants rest camps in the Kruger National Park.

“On 24 July 2017 an arbitrator issued an award confirming termination by SANParks of the PPP Agreements with Ringgold in respect of the three rest camps with effect from 15 July 2015. Ringgold challenges the validity of the award whereas SANParks seeks the enforcement thereof,” according to SANParks General Manager: Legal Services Department Delsey Fahlaza Monaledi. 

Further to this, Ringgold has for a considerable period not made any payment towards the utilities charges levied by SANParks at the three rest camps.  On 13 September 2017 Ringgold were placed on terms by SANParks to make payment of the outstanding utilities charges, but failed to do so. As a result SANParks was left with no option but to forthwith terminate the supply of the utilities and related services at the three camps.

SANParks regret the inconvenience that may be caused to the visitors of the three camps. “In order to mitigate the inconvenience that may result, SANParks recommend to the visitors to utilise the temporary facilities that have been established in each of the three camps,” concludes Monaledi.

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

Janine Raftopolous
SANParks Head of Communications
Tel: 012 426 5170; Cell: 071 444 3121

Reynold “Rey” Thakhuli
General Manager: Media, PR & Stakeholder Relations
Tel: 012 426 5203; Cell: 073 373 4999

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

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