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Media Release: Karoo's BSP teams get Green audit results

11 November 2014

An audit conducted at Karoo National Park’s Biodiversity Social Projects by SANParks’ Regional Monitoring and Compliance Department found them to be the most compliant projects assessed thus far – with all teams achieving green cards in the process.

Media Release: Woolworths supports SANParks Honorary Rangers Dog Project

05 November 2014

Woolworths has, for several years, been involved as a sponsor for the ABSA Cape Epic cycle race. The Cape Epic is an eight day mountain bike race that traverses the farms and mountain ranges of the Western Cape and covers some 800km with over 15 000 meters of climbing.

Media Release: R1.5 million worth of equipment donated to KNP's Ranger Corps

05 November 2014

Survival equipment to the value of R1.5 million was handed over at a ceremony in Phalaborwa on 31 October 2014. Major General (r) Johan Jooste, Commanding Officer, Special Projects for South African National Parks, and representatives of the Ranger Corps were on hand to receive the equipment. The donation was made possible by the Unite Against Poaching Trust and the SANParks Honorary Rangers.

Cape Point Nature Run - Closures

04 November 2014

The Cape Point Nature Run takes place this weekend (9 November 2014) inside the Cape of Good Hope. As a result there will be minor closures taking place at Cape Point to accommodate the race.

Carcass of a whale stranded in Knoetzie (Knysna)

04 November 2014

A carcass of a Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) washed up West of the Knoetzie River over the weekend. The team in the Knysna section of the Garden Route National Park (GRNP) have since contacted the Oceans and Coast division (Department of Environmental Affairs) and also an independent specialist based in Cape Town.

Augrabies Falls National Park - Playground of the extremist

04 November 2014

Augrabies Falls National Park (AFNP) is once again home to the Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon (KAEM) taking place from 1 November to 7 November 2014. The race, a grueling multi-stage running event that covers about 250 kilometers, is celebrating its 15th year of existence.

Treating the cause and not the symptom: Swartvlei

31 October 2014

Authorities (SANParks, Eden District Municipality, Knysna Municipality) and the Knysna Basin Project met to discuss the situation in Swartvlei following recent media reports. A unanimous decision undertaken is to find the sources of reported E.coli counts at the mouth of the estuary. ‘It is important to find the source of the problem and treat that’ according to SANParks. 

Media Release: 54 Rhino Poaching Suspects Arrested in KNP in October

30 October 2014

South African National Parks (SANParks) today announced the arrest of six suspected poachers and the fatal wounding of two others in two separate operations. In the first operation, Crocodile Bridge Rangers made contact with three suspected rhino poachers. In the ensuing pursuit, two were fatally wounded and the third managed to escape back into Mozambique. A hunting rifle, ammunition and other hunting equipment was recovered on the scene.

SANParks' slight increase in the GRNP's recreational activities

28 October 2014

The annual mountain biking permit of R190 per annum was introduced  in previous years as  an introductory tariff as mountain biking in the newly formed Garden Route National Park (GRNP) was still a fairly new concept. Mountain biking stakeholders were informed that it would be increased in due course. 

Media Release: SANCCOB & SANParks celebrate African penguins with festival and benefit auction

24 October 2014

23 October 2014 - On 11 October organisations around the world celebrated African Penguin Awareness Day, a day dedicated to raising worldwide awareness about the plight of the endangered African penguin.  SANCCOB (Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds) and South African National Parks (SANParks) celebrated APAD with a unique penguin festival and a star-studded benefit auction in aid of their African penguin conservation projects. 

Media Release: DEA response to AfriForum petition

24 October 2014

23 October 2014 - The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) acknowledges the memorandum issued by AfriForum, received on 20 October 2014 on behalf of the Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa.

Media Release: KNP connecting to society at Riverside Mall

21 October 2014

The Kruger National Park (KNP) will, as part of its marketing activities, be at Nelspruit Riverside Mall on 22 - 26 October between 09:00 and 18:00, taking the Park to the people. This exhibition is meant to afford clients an opportunity to have one on one interaction with staff, discussing various tourism and conservation related issues. 

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