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Media Release: KNP inspires crafters through Arbor Week launch

03 September 2015

Kruger National Park (KNP) GM: Communications and Marketing, William Mabasa handed over 420 Lala palm trees to crafters at Ndindani Village on behalf of Management on the 2nd of September 2015; outside Giyani as part of the Arbor Week celebrations. 

Media Release: Exciting planned upgrades will not hamper visitor experience

26 August 2015

The very first upgrades in Tsitsikamma as part of the +R 17 million project will start with the entrance gate and administration building. Good news is visitors will not be affected by this at all. "The plan is to vacate the existing office building before December" explains Area Manager for Tsitsikamma, Lesley-Ann Meyer. Roll out of the Project will be the new Office Block closest to reception, then once that’s completed, work on the entrance gate will begin.

SANParks launching 3D-Secure

25 August 2015

To our valued online customers, please note that tonight (25 August 2015) at 20:00, SANParks will be launching 3D-Secure - an E-Commerce regulation enforced by PASA (Payment Association of South Africa).

Garden Route National Park Awards 2015

21 August 2015

The 2015 Garden Route National Park Awards were held at the Simola Hotel on the  20th of August 2015. SANParks introduced Regional Awards in an effort to not only motivate its staff, but to recognize and honour those who commit themselves to a matchless level of excellence in performing their duties. In attendance was the Deputy Mayor of Knysna, Esme Edge, Mrs South Africa contestant, Jackie Wilson Louwe (who was a co-Master of Ceremony with a Senior Marine Ranger for Knysna-Owen Govender), Managing Executive of Parks, Dr. Mvusy Songelwa, Honorary Rangers from Knysna (Chairperson, Bayden Hall) and other distinguished guests.

Media Release: Post-fire rehabilitation update in Table Mountain National Park

21 August 2015

Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) takes pleasure in announcing the re-opening of certain burnt areas which had been closed off to the public.  The areas had to be closed off following the March fires for the safety of visitors, and to allow natural systems to recover.  Restoration work started immediately after the fire with attention to both restoring access as well as the natural elements. TMNP Management was encouraged by the general compliance to these closures and appreciates this patience with the restricted access.  Now, five months after the fire, fynbos recovery is showing great progress and mountain lovers can once again look forward to their favourite hikes and to see the wonders of fynbos.  

Media Release: KNP helicopter lands safely after engine failure

19 August 2015

One of the Kruger National Park (KNP) helicopters with three park officials on board went looking for two rhinos, which were believed to be outside the Park west of Orpen Gate yesterday (18 August 2015). The female rhino and her calf were observed outside the park; and a helicopter was dispatched to locate the animals in order to guide the Game Capture team on the ground. 

Media Release: SANParks celebrates World Elephant Day

13 August 2015

In commemoration of World Elephant Day celebrated annually on 12 August, South African National Parks (SANParks) said although South Africa has only experienced a few isolated incidents of elephant poaching, unlike many other African countries, the country cannot afford to remain complacent. 

Media Release: Colourful contribution to Education

11 August 2015

The importance and role of Education was something Tata Nelson Mandela vehemently focused on, it was therefore a given decision for South African National Parks (SANParks) Biodiversity Social Projects (BSP) Expanded Public Works Programme to work alongside Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) as well as Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) to renovate, clean and upgrade the standard of EL-Shaddai Early Childhood Development Centre in Galeshewe Locaton in Kimberley in celebration of Nelson Mandela Day on the 17th July 2015.

Media Release: SA National Parks Week dates announced

07 August 2015

South African National Parks (SANParks) will be opening its 10th annual SA National Parks Week at Marakele National Park from 14 to 18 September 2015. This initiative, in partnership with Total SA, is in line with SANParks' vision statement of ‘A sustainable National Park System Connecting Society'.

Latest update regarding the protests in Phalaborwa

06 August 2015

As of this morning, 6 August 2015, police confirmed that the protests in Phalaborwa have been suspended and the situation is currently calm. Visitors to/from the Kruger National Park can once again make use of the Phalaborwa Gate.

Phalaborwa Gate inaccessible due to protests on R71 Road

05 August 2015

Guests of Kruger National Park are hereby informed that Phalaborwa Gate is currently inaccessible due to protests by communities in the Ba-Phalaborwa area on the access roads such as R71 (leading to Phalaborwa Gate) taking place since Sunday, 2 August 2015. The protests have so far resulted in some vehicles burnt, schools & businesses affected and temporarily closed. Guests are advised to use alternative gates such as Orpen or Punda Maria to access and exit Kruger National Park until further notice.

Media Release: R2.55 million rand fine imposed on bosveld phosphates( Pty) Ltd. for water pollution.

30 July 2015

South African National Parks (SANParks) welcomed the sentencing today, 30 July 2015 of Bosveld Phosphates PTY Ltd to a fine of R1, 450 million cash and a suspended sentence of R1, 1 million for water spillage at the Ga-Selati River in 2014. The spillage caused significant pollution of the environment, including the Kruger National Park (KNP)’s Olifants River during the summer of 2013/14. The ruling took place at the Phalaborwa Regional Court. 

SANParks CEO nominated for ANN7 Conservationist of the Year Award

29 July 2015

The CEO of SANParks, Fundisile Mketeni, has been nominated in the category ‘Conservationist of the Year’ as part of the prestigious ANN7 South African of the Year (SATY) Awards. The SATY Awards seek to celebrate extraordinary South Africans, who are making a difference in the lives of ordinary people.

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