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Media Release: Social Development work pays off

02 December 2014

When it comes to social development within South African National Parks (SANParks), one of the finest examples to look at is Social Development Co-ordinator for Biodiversity Social Projects (BSP), Zukiswa Masela.  Her impeccable work, innovations and achievements in this field were honoured at the organisation’s Kudu Awards ceremony in Johannesburg last week (Thursday 27 November).

Media Release: National praise for Camdeboo's Janine

02 December 2014

They say first impressions count, and this certainly is the case at Camdeboo National Park.  One of the park’s Receptionists, Janine Masimela, was acknowledged last week (Thursday 27 November) for her outstanding work in customer service at this year’s South African National Parks (SANParks) Kudu Awards ceremony in Gallagher Estate, Johannesburg.

Media Release: Mountain Zebra National Park outshines all other parks

02 December 2014

Cradock’s Mountain Zebra National Park won the SANParks Chief Executive Award in the category:  Best Performing Park at the 10th annual Kudu Awards ceremony in Johannesburg last week (Thursday 27 November).  This is the first year the park has won the award, outperforming much larger and better-known parks in the process.

Media Release: KNP to close more artificial water holes

01 December 2014

The Kruger National Park (KNP) will demolish three artificial water holes in the southern part of the Park in the week of 8-12 December 2014. Explosives will be used to demolish these structures; after which the rubble will be removed as part of the rehabilitation process. 

Media Release: 10th Annual Kudu Awards crown Conservationists

27 November 2014

The South African National Parks (SANParks) supported by First National Bank (FNB) and Total South Africa  celebrated conservationists at the 10th annual Kudu Awards ceremony held at Gallagher Convention Centre Estates in Midrand this evening (27 November 2014). The awards showcased excellence in the conservation industry from individuals and corporates alike. 

Estuary water quality: Public urged not to panic

25 November 2014

The Knysna estuary is a natural system where levels of bacteria can fluctuate at any time. Higher than acceptable levels of ecoli were recorded recently from two consecutive samples collected from at least 14 points in the Knysna estuary.  SANParks will be putting up signage to warn against full body recreational activities as stipulated by the Department of Water Affairs regulation, by Friday (28 November 2014). 

Experience the wonder of nature through canoeing

21 November 2014

Guests to the Wilderness section of the Garden Route National Park (GRNP) can now canoe down its meandering picture-perfect lakes and rivers. This trip promises an adventure through the Park’s lush indigenous forests.

Notice: Scheduled downtime for SANParks online forums

21 November 2014

Please be aware that we will be initiating a scheduled downtime at 11am SAST on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 for one hour in order to move the forums database to a new powerful server. The move will alleviate bottlenecks and provide increased processing power for the forum. 

Results of water samples: Swartvlei (thumbs up)

13 November 2014

6 of the 7 water samples collected from Swartvlei were compliant and lower than the Department of Water Affairs’ permitted 500 mark for recreational sites. The Swartvlei mouth was compliant at 51 per 100 milliliters. SANParks has thus removed signs warning people not to swim at the estuary’s mouth. General Manager of the Garden Route National Park (SANParks), Jill Bunding-Venter, says the rest of the sample readings were (also compliant):

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