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A chemical analysis of the recent red tide incident in Knysna

01 April 2014

Recent water samples in the Knysna estuary suggest a bloom in nitrate and phosphate levels were higher than expected for the estuary during summer. Additional samples collected at the Thesen Island Jetty indicate a decrease in the concentration of nutrients during the first collapse of the bloom. 

Media Release: SANParks announce appointment of interim CEO

31 March 2014

The South African National Parks (SANParks) Board has appointed Mr. Abe Sibiya, the Managing Executive of Kruger National Park (KNP), as the acting Chief Executive Officer from 1 April 2014 as the current Chief Executive Officer’s term of office ends on 31 March 2014. He will have the support and assistance of the Board on all strategic matters as well as help from the Department of Environmental Affairs in terms of rhino management.

Augrabies Falls National Park waterfall expected to reach record high since 2011

28 March 2014

South African National Parks (SANParks) is again expecting visitors to flock to Augrabies Falls National Park (ANP) near Upington in the Northern Cape as water levels are expected to reach a three year high. The Orange River will be in full force and with water flowing at 850 cubic metres per second. 

Media Release: Alldays High school benefits from SANParks' CSI

28 March 2014

South African National Parks (SANParks) Managing Executive: Corporate Services, Ms wanda mkutshulwa yesterday (27 March 2014) handed a computer laboratory to Alldays High School in the Alldays community, adjacent to Mapungubwe National Park & World Heritage Site.

Goudveld gets a facelift

25 March 2014

Dimension Data (Didata), the global solutions and service provider, has donated indigenous plants to Goudveld. This is the first of a series of planned facelift interventions for the Goudveld Indigenous Forest, also part of the Wilderness section of the Garden Route National Park (GRNP).

More animals in the Garden Route National Park buffer zones

25 March 2014

Buffer zones are areas surrounding the Garden Route National Park (GRNP) that could be potentially significant for biodiversity conservation. A Camera Trap Assessment sponsored by WWF-TMF and SANParks found blue duiker (at one site) Honey badger (at six sites) and leopard (at four sites) on private land.

Augrabies Falls National Park waterfall update

24 March 2014

The Augrabies Falls National Park is experiencing a spectacular sight of high volumes of water over the waterfall. As of this morning, 24 March 2014,  the flow is at 833cum/s. Since the start of the heavy flow on the weekend, the park has had almost 3000 day visitors.

Media Release: Kruger National Park back to normal after floods

19 March 2014

The Kruger National Park (KNP), like most of the Mpumalanga Province, experienced a lot of rain in the past two weeks which resulted in the facilities being closed for safety reasons, when rivers started overflowing and dams got filled to capacity.

Re-routing of Hoerikwaggo Trail

18 March 2014

A section of the Hoerikwaggo Trail between the Slangkop Tented Camp and the Silvermine Tented Camp, used by hikers to climb the southern slopes of Chapman’s Peak, will soon be closed. 

Media Release: Restricted access to Cape Point due to prescribed burns

18 March 2014

Two prescribed burns will take place in the Cape of Good Hope Section of Table Mountain National Park in the near future. The areas identified are Da Gama Peak and the section next to the Cape Point Main Gate. This will consolidate last year’s burn of 252 hectares to reach a total of 710 hectares.  

Rehabilitation of the N2 road leading to Ebb & Flow (Wilderness)

18 March 2014

The entrance road from the N2 lede to Ebb & Flow Rest Camp in the Wilderness section of the Garden Route National Park, will be rehabilitated. The 650-meter sub-base of the paved road is damaged and uneven.   Work will mainly include the removal of the current paving to restabilize the base of the road.  

Media Release: Rhino poaching update

17 March 2014

14 March 2014 - The total number of rhino poached in South Africa since the beginning of 2014 has increased to 172, as the number of people arrested for rhino poaching-related offences climbed to 54. 

Media Release: Howard Buffett R255 million donation to rhino conservation

14 March 2014

Johannesburg - The Howard G. Buffett Foundation (HGBF), a private foundation in the United States; the Nature Conservation Trust (NCT), a South African public benefit organization (PBO); and South African National Parks (SANParks) today announced an historic RAND 255 million (USD $23.7 million), three-year initiative to combat rhino poaching in Kruger National Park and test anti-poaching tactics that can be applied in other regions of Africa, where poaching can be a source of funding for armed groups. The announcement was made at the Rosebank office of Standard Bank, which also announced its own support for the initiative by providing favorable banking fees and interest on the funds which they will hold.

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