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Media Release: Gale Force South Easterly Fanning across Table Mountain National Park

12 January 2016

12 January 2016 - The weekend saw the ignition of several vegetation fires across sections of Table Mountain National Park. Fires at Devils Peak and Signal Hill were largely contained but because of gale force south easterly winds these areas continue to be monitored. The biggest concern however is a fire that started on Sunday near the Red Hill informal settlement which was contained on the same day but flared up once again in the early hours of Monday morning.  This fire is now covering an expanse from Red Hill to Ocean View via Scarborough and Misty Cliffs.

Settlement reached in court on the pilot recreational angling project in the Tsitsikamma MPA

11 January 2016

09 January 2016 - The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) can confirm that the DEA, South African National Parks (SANParks) and the Tsitsikamma Angling Forum (representatives of the Tsitsikamma fishing community) have reached a settlement agreement with the Friends of the Tsitsikamma Association, to stop the pilot recreational angling project in the Tsitsikamma Marine Protected Area (MPA).

Media Release: Safety measures for the use of swimming pools in the KNP

18 December 2015

Kruger National Park Management would like to inform the public about the new rules and conditions which have been put in place for the use of swimming pools inside the Park as from the 17th of December 2015. This is due to the fact that the Park does not have life savers on site to supervise swimmers and to be able to ensure the welfare of pool users, especially kids, at all times.

What to do this holidays in Table Mountain National Park

15 December 2015

15 December 2015 - Summer holidays are upon us and with the sun rays heating up the Mother City here are some helpful tips and special promotions to help you enjoy Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) and surrounding sites. Please see below tips to enjoy a safe and happy holiday within Table Mountain National Park.

Presence of red tide

15 December 2015

Two water samples collected from where the Indian Ocean meets the Knysna estuary (Knysna Heads) and also in the ocean on both Friday and Saturday morning tested positive. There is a definite presence of dinoflagellates in both water samples. Both Professor Brian Allanson of the Knysna Basin Project and Professor Bornman of the NRF/ SEAON agree there is a red tide. Bornman’s tests were conducted in the Algoa coastline (Port Elizabeth). 

Mountain Zebra National Park's Restaurant operating hours during Festive Season

15 December 2015







It's all systems go - Pilot in the Tsitsikamma Marine Protected Area (MPA)

10 December 2015

It is exactly five days to the start of the pilot phase to allow fishing in 4 controlled zones in the Tsitsikamma Marine Protected Area. The pilot is an action from an agreement signed between SANParks and representatives of the Tsitsikamma community (Tsitsikamma Angling Forum and Koukamma Municipality).

Action Packed Beach Day - Sedgefield

08 December 2015

On 19 December 2015 Sedgefield will not only see the Slow Town Fun Run hosted at Myoli Beach at 9am but will once again welcome last year’s highly successful amateur Sand Castle Building competition hosted by Knysna Tourism.

SANParks Times December edition out now

30 November 2015

Five endangered penguins get a new lease on life on a picturesque island; drought is an important management tool in the Kruger and anthrax rumours in the Kgalagadi are untrue. Want to take some snaps worth framing? We show you where you need to go for those bucket-list items. For this and more, grab the December edition of the SANParks Times. Get your FREE copy at your favourite national park or at rest-stops on major highways from December. Subscribe to the online magazine at www.sanparkstimes.co.za. To subscribe to the printed version, visit www.magsathome.co.za, SMS “Subs SANParks” to 40573 (charged at R1.00 per sms) or call 0860 100 204 with your credit card details. An annual fee of R60 applies to subscriptions.

Media Release: Northern Region Rangers receive EMI Grade 5 certificates

25 November 2015

South African National Parks (SANParks) is on a mission to ensure that its Rangers are Environmental Management Inspectorate (EMI) compliant - this was confirmed at a Certificate Award ceremony for over 50 Rangers that are responsible for the Northern Region Parks (Golden Gate, Marakele and Mapungubwe).

Media Release: Northern Region Rangers receive EMI Grade 5 certificates

25 November 2015

South African National Parks (SANParks) is on a mission to ensure that its Rangers are Environmental Management Inspectorate (EMI) compliant - this was confirmed at a Certificate Award ceremony for over 50 Rangers that are responsible for the Northern Region Parks (Golden Gate, Marakele and Mapungubwe).

Media Release: Northern Region Rangers receive EMI Grade 5 certificates

25 November 2015

South African National Parks (SANParks) is on a mission to ensure that its Rangers are Environmental Management Inspectorate (EMI) compliant - this was confirmed at a Certificate Award ceremony for over 50 Rangers that are responsible for the Northern Region Parks (Golden Gate, Marakele and Mapungubwe).

Media Release: SANParks adopts principles to guide drought preparedness across its parks

24 November 2015

South African National Parks (SANParks) has adopted principles to guide development of drought preparedness plans for affected parks under its management. SANParks will remain true to the conservation ethics as the dry conditions continue, managing as far as possible for healthy, naturally regulated ecosystems rather than the survival of individual animals in all the parks.

Media Release: Vuswa and Gallet Group Boost Conservation

24 November 2015

South African National Parks (SANParks) was today given a major boost with a donation of a 78 seater bus from Vuswa and R359 100 from South African-based financial services company Gallet Group Employee Benefits (Pty) Ltd.

Creative way to celebrate nature in Tsitsikamma

16 November 2015

A one of a  kind carnival launched for the first time in Tsitsikamma by SANParks in partnership with private companies in the area. Speaking at the event, Mayor of Koukamma, Sam Vuso, said "the event was a platform to unite the small town to strive towards working together". 

Take full advantage of an invitation to the Garden Route National Park

13 November 2015

Open access National Parks globally experience similar challenges, according to the National Geographic Traveller. Such challenges also experienced by the Garden Route National Park (GRNP), include invasive alien species, the management of wildlife in vastly open unfenced areas, climate change, development, pollution of resources and others.

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