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Media Release: SANParks gives back on World Environment Day

05 June 2013

The massive consumption of both renewable and non-renewable resources contributes to a massive loss of biodiversity – with current extinction rates of birds, mammals and amphibians estimated to be at least 100 times, but possibly over a 1,000 times higher than pre-industrial rates according to General Manager: Media Liaison and Stakeholder Relations at SANParks, Reynold Thakhuli . 

“Our planet’s regenerative capacity is being greatly exceeded as the world’s population is now producing and consuming more resources than ever, there are however many possibilities as for how we can change our unsustainable consumption habits while also improving our quality of life”. 

South African National Parks (SANParks) has joined the global movement in a series of events across all its national parks, keeping in line with the UNEP requirement SANParks will this year host a number of eco-friendly activities. 

Garden Route National Park will be celebrating this week by handing over 20 refurbished desks to Rheenendal Primary School.  

Namaqua National Park is visiting eight schools this week to present a puppet theatre show with their legendary mascot Skillie, the friendly tortoise. They will also have a clean-up campaign and the children will be making a pledge to the environment. 

One of the activities happening in the Kruger National Park is the official opening of the administrative block that was built for the Dumisani High School in Cork, worth R 2,2 million.

Finally Karoo National Park will be giving a presentation at several farm schools under the theme "Think. Eat. Save" and they will also hand out “leftover” food from the Kids in Parks programme to the children at the farm schools. 

“These events stress the importance of forging partnerships that are mutually beneficial to communities and SANParks and reversing the legacy of the past, by addressing some of the community’s material needs”, stated Mr Thakhuli.

Join SANParks in this bold initiative and make the decision to become more aware of issues related to food waste and adopt as many eco-friendly lifestyle choices as you can and make them habits for World Environment Day. Visit any of the participating parks celebrating the day on 5 June 2013 to learn more about how to "Think.Eat.Save".  

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

Media enquiries:
Gabrielle Venter
Manager: Media & Stakeholder Relations, SANParks
Tel: (012) 426 5065; Cell: 083 825 9735
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Reynold Thakhuli
GM: Media Liaison & Stakeholder Relations, SANParks
Tel: (012) 426 5170; Cell: 073 373 4999