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Media Release: Kruger National Park Fire Disaster Update

Date: 2001-09-07

A memorial service will be held in the Kruger National Park (Skukuza rugby field) at 13:00 on Tuesday, 11 September, for the victims of the fire which destroyed 45 000 hectares of the park earlier this week. 23 people died in the blaze. 

Media Release: Hike The Tsitsikamma Coast In Luxury

Date: 2001-09-10

South African National Parks (SANParks) is proud to introduce its first luxury-hiking trail - the Dolphin Trail - along the Tsitsikamma coastline, a beautiful part of the South African Garden Route. The trail has been developed in partnership with three partners from the private sector: Stormsriver Adventures, Misty Mountain Dairy Farm and Forest Ferns Estate. 

Media Release: Kruger Fire Disaster Update

Date: 2001-09-10

The memorial service for the victims of the fire which devastated Kruger National Park last week will be held at the Skukuza rugby field in the park at 13:00 tomorrow, Tuesday 11 September. Twenty-three (23) people died in the blaze which destroyed 60 000 hectares (final figure) of the 2-million hectare park. The fire has now been extinguished. 

Media Release: Funeral Service For Victims Of Kruger Fire

Date: 2001-09-13

A mass funeral service for 13 of the 23 victims of the fire which devastated Kruger National Park last week, will be held on Saturday, 15 September. Nine of the remaining victims from the Makoko community will be buried according to traditional rituals and one of the Kruger rangers from the Punda Maria area will be buried in his home town. 

Media Release: Funeral Service For Victims Of Kruger Fire

Date: 2001-09-14

In a show of solidarity for the victims of the fire in the Kruger last week, the Makoko community has decided to participate in the mass funeral service to be held in the Kruger National Park tomorrow (Saturday, 15 September). Twenty-two (22) of the victims will therefore be buried tomorrow. One of the Kruger rangers from the Punda Maria area will be buried in his home town. 

Media Release: Allegations of excessive salary increases for Kruger staff unfounded

Date: 2001-09-18

Allegations of excessive salary increases for certain staff members in the Kruger National Park have been reported in one of the Sunday papers. The report quoted MWU Solidarity (a trade union no longer recognised by SANParks as its membership has dwindled from 11 to nine members) as the source for the report. 

Media Release: South African National Parks - Tahr Position Statement

Date: 2001-09-28

The South African National Parks (SANParks) would like to state its position in response to a request from the Friend of the Tahr (FoTT) to extend a moratorium on the removal of the Himalayan Tahr from Table Mountain, Cape Peninsula National Park.

Media Release: Judge Ngobeni appointed to lead inquiry into Kruger National Park fire disaster

Date: 2001-10-05

Judge D.D. Ngobeni, Senior Magistrate of Nelspruit has been appointed to lead an independent inquiry into the fire that devastated the Pretoriuskop area of the Kruger National Park last month, killing a total of twenty three people. 

Media Release: Environmental Resource Centre opens in Namaqualand

Date: 2001-11-01

An Environmental Resource Centre that includes an education facility was officially opened today in the Skilpad section of the Namaqua National Park near Kamieskroon in Namaqualand.

Media Release: SANParks appoints Acting Head of Communications

Date: 2001-11-02

I wish to inform that Dr. Salifou Siddo has resigned his position as Head of Communications to take up his new appointment as Executive Director of the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa effective November 1st.

Media Release: Fire in the Kruger National Park: Carte Blanche

Date: 2001-11-10

In the light of the official inquiry launched by myself as Chairperson of SANParks, following the horrendous fire in the Kruger National Park recently, Senior Management were asked not to pre-empt the outcome of the inquiry by speaking to the media.

Media Release: SANParks open bookings for November 2002

Date: 2001-11-22

In June 2001, the Board of S.A. National Parks approved a policy that the applicable tariffs for a reservation was the price ruling at the date of arrival as opposed to the date of booking. This has now allowed SANParks to open bookings past November 2002 even though the final tariffs have not yet been determined. 

Media Release: Mad Summer Special In Augrabies Falls National Park And Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park

Date: 2001-12-03

Travellers are invited to take advantage of this wonderful offer to visit two of South Africa’s spectacular desert parks in the aftermath of the end of year holiday season, but before the busy Easter holiday season. 

Media Release: Results of Tourism Month Readright Competition Delayed

Date: 2001-12-07

An overwhelming response of 759 submissions was received in response to our Tourism Month Competition that appeared in the ReadRight section of the Sunday Times on 2 September 2001. Of this, 178 are written compositions, 367 artistic submissions and 214 combinations of artistic and written essays. In total, entries from 122 schools were received. 

Connecting young people to conservation

Date: 2013-09-11

What does the word ‘conservation’ mean to young people in the Garden Route?

Media Release: SANParks gives Science a boost

Date: 2013-09-11

South African National Parks (SANParks) lived up to its vision of 'Connecting to Society' during the official opening of the Science lab at Emang Mmogo High School in the Northern Cape on 10 September 2013.

Media Release: Post the Kiani Satu: Swartvlei Estuary

Date: 2013-09-10

SANParks and partners who formed the Joint Operating Committee (JOC) agree precautionary measures undertaken to prevent oil from entering the estuary were successful. SANParks has begun the process of removing the sandbags from the Swartvlei Estuary. The sandbags were used to stabilise the sand berm constructed.  Removal of all the sandbags is an incredibly challenging task, as some are buried very deep and will likely only surface with time. However, a concerted effort will be made to ensure that as many of the sandbags as possible are removed.

Media Release: Authorazation for the Construction of a New Entrance Gate and Border Post for the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Date: 2000-01-20

South African National Parks (SANP) hereby inform all interested and affected parties that the South African Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism has issued a Record of Decision authorising the construction of a new Entrance Gate and Border Post for the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in terms of the Environment Conservation Act, 1989 (Act 73 of 1989). 

Media Release: The Makuleke Communitys Proposal To Allow Hunting In Their Section Of The Kruger National Park

Date: 2000-01-25

The Makuleke Community’s proposal to allow the hunting of two elephants and two buffaloes in their section of the Kruger National Park in an effort to raise capital to develop the eco-tourism potential of the section has been widely reported on in the media

Media Release: Sanp Launches Tourism Campaign

Date: 2000-01-28

South African National Parks (SANP) is proud to announce that it has embarked on a major promotional campaign, dubbed Promotion 2000, to create awareness of National Parks, the country’s natural heritage, as tourist destinations offering visitors excellent value for money. The campaign also aims to recognize and reward visitors for choosing a National Park, as opposed to the numerous other destinations, as their favorite holiday destination.

Media Release: Walk About In Kruger National Park

Date: 2000-02-03

Come and explore the African bush on foot, and learn about the big and the small. At last! Day Walks are available in Kruger National Park from the following camps: Pretoriuskop, Skukuza, Orpen, Letaba and Mopani. Further development of walks is underway and by the end of 2000, walks will be offered from almost every camp in the KNP.

Media Release: Floods in Southern Kruger National Park

Date: 2000-02-08

As a result of the heavy rainfalls recorded in the Southern Lowveld and Escarpment, the principal catchment area for the Crocodile and Sabie Rivers, extensive flooding occurred in the Southern Kruger Park. 

Media Release: SANP Announces Arrangement For Visitors To The Southern Part Of The Kruger National Park

Date: 2000-02-09

The Director of the Kruger Park has just confirmed that the all the restcamps in the Southern part of the KNP are closed until further notice. 

Media Release: FNB Partners with SANParks for free access to National Parks

Date: 2013-09-09

In an effort to promote the diversity and natural beauty that South Africa has to offer, South African National Parks (SANParks) in partnership with First National Bank (FNB) has initiated National Parks Week. The week initiated in 2006, begins today, the 9th of September and which will end on Friday the 13th, will allow free access to the majority of national parks under SANParks management.

Media Release: Mokala National Park expands

Date: 2013-09-08

South Africa National Park’s (SANParks) newest national park, Mokala National Park in the Northern Cape, has added another property, Kameeldoorns, as part of the park expansion plan. With the inclusion of this western property Mokala is now 27571 hectares. The fence cutting ceremony was held today, 8 September 2013, at Kameeldoorns. 

Namaqua National Park Flower Report

Date: 2013-09-07

Namaqua National Park Flower Report on 6 September 2013. South African National Parks (SANParks) would like to update guests about the flowers in Namaqua National Park this season. The Flower season usually starts in July and lasts until September. This is a great opportunity for photographers to get some beautiful shots of nature in bloom. 

Media Release: Minister commends law enforcement agencies for work well done

Date: 2013-09-06

The Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa, has welcomed the arrest of 24 alleged rhino poachers in the Kruger National Park, North West, Mpumalanga and Limpopo in the past two weeks.  

Media Release: The Grail of all trails - The Otter

Date: 2013-09-05

This month, the Garden Route National Park has the pleasure to host the Otter Trail Run which is organised annually by Magnetic South. This year marks the fifth year since the inception of the race in the Garden Route, yet it still attracts more than 150 athletes every year.  The average age of participating athletes ranges from 38 to about 40 years old.

Media Release: Accessibility to Southern Kruger National Park

Date: 2000-02-10

In the aftermath of the disastrous floods in the Southern part of the Kruger National Park, the Park’s Director, Mr David Mabunda, confirmed that Crocodile Bridge, Pretoriuskop, Lower Sabie and Skukuza rest camps are closed until 22 February 2000. Mopping up operations and re-commissioning of priority services such as power and water is under way. 

Media Release: Marakele National Park Temporarily Closed Due To The Heavy Rains

Date: 2000-02-11

Due to the heavy rains of the last six days, the Marakele National Park near Thabazimbi in the Northern Province is closed to tourists until further notice. The Matlabas River burst its banks leaving the road to the tented camp inaccessible. Other roads in the Park are also inaccessible and day visitors will not be allowed to drive through the Park. 


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