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Latest update on the Kruger National Park flood damage

Date: 2013-10-07

The latest update on the Kruger National Park flood damage as at 08:00 on 6 October 2013.

Opinion piece on Aikona

Date: 2013-10-07

The South African National Parks (SANParks) was not surprised by the call made by AIKONA – a non-governmental group objecting to hotel developments in the Kruger National Park last week requesting the Public Protector to investigate certain issues that they conclude amount to “maladministration”. The issues range from the bonuses paid to the executive management, to the composition of the board, to the so called “commercialization” of the Kruger National Park (KNP) and they are also – questioning why the executive should be paid bonuses while rhinos are being poached.

Media Release: Minister welcomes the arrest of poachers in Tshwane

Date: 2013-10-04

3 October 2013 - The Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa, has commended police for the arrest of five alleged rhino poachers at the Rietvlei Nature Reserve in Tshwane on Monday night. 

Media Release: SANParks awards Fuel Tender to Total SA

Date: 2003-11-21

TOTAL South Africa has once again been awarded the main fuels and lubricants contract for all the national parks in South Africa. TOTAL has been successful in tendering for the South African National Parks (SANParks) contract since 1958. 

Media Release: SANParks reports on leopard attack incident at Kruger National Park

Date: 2003-11-24

FOLLOWING an incident on September 14, 2003 in which a leopard attacked a tour guide near Nsemani Dam in the Kruger National Park ; South African National Parks (SANParks) carried out an internal investigation to determine the circumstances surrounding the attack.

Media Release: SANParks to adjust childrens age limit for its tourism products

Date: 2003-12-01

SOUTH African National Parks is to amend the age limit on its pricing system for children – in line with the tourism industry standards and norms. The new age limit thresholds come into effect on 1 November 2004.

Media Release: Afsaalpicnic spot destroyed by fire

Date: 2003-11-27

Kruger National Park has launched an official investigation into the fire, which destroyed the popular Afsaal Picnic Spot in the Kruger National Park on the evening of November 22, 2003.

Media Release: KNP gives hope to orphans

Date: 2003-12-15

A message of hope for the future was given to 30 teenagers from the Amazing Grace Orphanage Home in Malelane last week (Friday December 12, 2003) when they were shown a selection of the different careers available in the Kruger National Park (KNP). 

Media Release: Leopard attacks KNP ranger

Date: 2003-12-19

A combination of quick thinking and effective training saved the life of a Kruger National Park section ranger after he was attacked by a leopard at around 17:00 yesterday afternoon (December 18, 2003).

Media Release: Press Conference Invitation: Solar Eclipse

Date: 2002-01-25

Southern Africa will experience a total eclipse of the sun on 4 December 2002. Very few areas in the country fall within the totality path. There are four areas within the Kruger National Park that fall within the path. These are: Punda Maria Gate, Punda Maria, Mopani and Shingwedzi.

Media Release: CEOs' Media Address: Solar Eclipse

Date: 2002-01-28

On the 4th of December this year, 2002, the Southern Hemisphere will experience a total eclipse of the sun. The totality path includes four areas under the jurisdiction of SANParks. The northern part of the Kruger National Park has four areas that fall under the totality path and these are: Punda Maria Gate, Punda Maria, Mopani and Shingwedzi. The longest totality of the eclipse will be experienced at Shingwedzi and this will last for 86 seconds. The duration of totality in the other camps is as follows: Mopani – 45 second, Punda Maria – 77 seconds and Punda Maria Gate – 82 seconds. The town of Messina will also experience a totality, which will last for 76 seconds. 

Media Release: SANParks Finances

Date: 2002-02-12

Numerous newspapers have been reporting on 'financial woes' being experienced at South African National Parks (SANParks). SANParks would like to take this opportunity to reassure the public and SANParks employees that this is not, in fact, the case. 

Media Release: Pensioner's Privileges

Date: 2002-02-13

The Gauteng Department of Education has changed the school calendar for the spring break to accommodate the World Summit on Sustained Development (WSSD). The school holidays will start on the 23rd August instead of the 20th September.

Media Release: Waddle your way to this year's annual Penguin Festival

Date: 2013-10-02

It is that time of year where you can waddle with the penguins at the 11th annual Simon’s Town SANCCOB Penguin Festival, once again taking place at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony in Simon’s Town on Saturday, 12 October 2013.  

Media Release: Back To Africa: The Release Of Sable Antelope

Date: 2002-03-04

On Tuesday, March 5th, South African National Parks will officially receive four Sable antelope, that have been given to the Vaalbos National Park, as part of the Back to Africa project. The project, led by Dr Hamish Currie, aims to take wild animals held in captivity, and reintroduce them into a free ranging situation in the wild. The antelope, one male and three females, were donated to SANParks by the Blijdorp Zoo in the Netherlands. They arrived at JHB International Airport a month ago and have been in quarantine in Kimberley since then. Sable from other zoological institutions in Europe will follow in the near future. Back To Africa targets any animals in zoos that are in surplus, or kept in unsatisfactory conditions, these are then taken and reintroduced to their natural habitat. 

Media Release: Morula Kids Competition

Date: 2002-03-06

On Thursday, February 28 2002, SANParks held a special ceremony at Groenkloof, Pretoria, to honour the winners of the SANParks Morula Kids Competition. The competition, which will be an annual event on SANParks calendar, was run for the first time in September 2001 as part of the organisation’s tourism month activities. At the time it was knows simply as the SANParks Tourism Month Competition. It appeared in the ReadRight Supplement of the Sunday Times, and was open to all primary school children from grade one to grade seven. The brief was for the kids to come up with a poem, song, essay, picture, or any other artistic way in which they could express what a national park means to them. The prize on offer was a 5day trip to the Kruger National Park for a Group of ten friends and their teacher. 

Media Release: Wild Dog to Marakele National Park

Date: 2002-03-22

Marakele National Park in the Waterberg Mountains in the western part of Limpopo Province has been identified by the Wild Dog Action Group as an important area for the future conservation of the endangered African Wild Dog (Painted Wolf) Lycaon Pictus. A pack has been identified and the final stage of the relocation to Marakele is planned for the 27th and 28th of March 2002. 

Media Release: The Kruger Experience - Ecology and Management of Savanna Heterogeneity

Date: 2002-04-03

An international scientific symposium shall be held at Berg-en-Dal Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park as from 16-18 April 2002. The symposium is presented in recognition of the Kruger National Park as one of the world’s lede conservation areas that has recently celebrated its centenary. The theme of the symposium will be heterogeneity in savannas, including management issues. The objectives are: 

Media Release: Timbila Magazine

Date: 2002-04-05

South African National Parks(SANParks) and Penta Publications reached an agreement to terminate the ‘TIMBILA’ publication contract between the two organisations, effective from the 1st of March 2002. In terms of this agreement, the publisher will continue to produce the magazine without the involvement of SANParks. This means that the SANParks logo will no longer appear on the cover of the magazine and that SANParks will no longer have any influence in the editorial content of the magazine.

Media Release: Commission of enquiry into the Kruger National Park Fire

Date: 2002-04-11

The commission of inquiry into the fire in the Kruger National Park on September 4th 2001 is set to begin on the 6th May 2002, chaired by Nelspruit Chief Magistrate Mr David Ngobeni. The commission will sit in the Kruger National Park for six days until the 11th of May 2002. Advocate M. Luphondo who will be lede the evidence will assist Magistrate Ngobeni.

Media Release: Sanparks Refutes Fire Claims

Date: 2002-04-19

On Tuesday the 16th of April 2002, Cape Peninsula National Park (CPNP) successfully initiated a control burn on Trappies Kop, an area above Kalk Bay/Clovelly, in order to remove more than 50 years worth of fuel build up and dry brush piles resulting from alien clearing operations. The park personnel conducted the operation under controlled conditions and this was concluded without any incident. This operation was necessary to prevent a wild fire situation that would have resulted in the loss of houses and other damage to private and municipal property. 

Media Release: UKUVUKA: Operation Firestop - Simons Town Fire

Date: 2002-04-19

Joint statement by the Cape Peninsula National Park and the Fire Services of the City of Cape Town

Media Release: Minister Moosa Launches a Multi-Country Tourism Initiative

Date: 2002-04-29

The Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Mohammed Valli Moosa, today launched a multi-country tourism initiative aimed at significantly boosting Africa’s global status as a unique tourism continent.

Media Release: Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park Project On Course

Date: 2002-04-30

The Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Mohammed Valli Moosa, has noted concerns that have been expressed concerning the matters relating to the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park. 

Media Release: Amendments to EIA Regulations

Date: 2002-05-08

The amendments to the current environmental impact assessment (EIA) regulations will be published on 10 May 2002 in the Government Gazette. 

Media Release: To burn or not to burn

Date: 2002-05-10

A RECENT prescribed burn by the Cape Peninsula National Park (CPNP) on Trappieskop above Kalk Bay and Clovelly has elicited a vociferous response from residents. 

Media Release: Moosa Officially Opens Bigger And Better Tourism Indaba

Date: 2002-05-13

The Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Mohammed Valli Moosa, officially opened a bigger and better Tourism Indaba.

Media Release: Minister Moosa Unveils Initiatives to Boost Tourism

Date: 2002-05-13

The Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Mohammed Valli Moosa, today announced tourism initiatives by the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT) which will significantly contribute to tourism promotion and growth in the country. 

Media Release: Greater St Lucia Wetland Park Authority

Date: 2002-05-14

Wave of investor interest in the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, highlights the role of tourism as a peace industry 

Media Release: Roan Antelope operation, response to the Citizen newspaper article

Date: 2002-05-21

The National SPCA is currently investigating a charge of animal cruelty, alleged to have occurred in an operation conducted by SANParks in 2001 to establish the rare roan antelope into national parks in South Africa. During the operation 106 roans were captured in Botswana. Of these 81 were successfully established in the Vaalbos and Marakele National Parks, but the operation was marred by the deaths of 30 animals. Among the mortalities were pregnant cows, that died mostly from capture and confinement related stress, and calves that were born during the time their mothers were being held in quarantine facilities.

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