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Media Release: SANParks donates another Science Laboratory to a community in the Free State

Date: 2015-12-07

On Tuesday 1st December 2015 at an event that was attended by the Free State Education MEC, honourable Tate Makgoe, South African National Parks (SANParks) handed over a science laboratory to Moriting wa Thuto Secondary school in the Eastern Free State. This makes it the second laboratory to be donated to the Free State Department of Education in less than two years.

Media Release: Update on the reopening of Tokai - Table Mountain National Park

Date: 2015-12-07

04 December 2015 - As a result of the March 2015 fire the Tokai plantation section of Table Mountain National Park has remained closed for the following reasons:

Media Release: Wayne Bolton gets a hearty welcome at Mapungubwe and Marakele National Park

Date: 2015-12-07

On 28 November 2015 Wayne Bolton began an adventure of a lifetime in support of the fight against rhino poaching. His 6000km, 80 days cycling escapade to all 19 National Parks began on 28 November and will end in February 2016. 

Media Release: Wayne Bolton gets a hearty welcome at Mapungubwe and Marakele National Park

Date: 2015-12-07

On 28 November 2015 Wayne Bolton began an adventure of a lifetime in support of the fight against rhino poaching. His 6000km, 80 days cycling escapade to all 19 National Parks began on 28 November and will end in February 2016. 

Media Release: Kruger National Park's efforts to streamline access for day visitors

Date: 2015-12-04

In an effort to enhance visitor access management and to avoid possible glitches this Festive Season, Kruger National Park (KNP) Management will be implementing a new system to streamline day visitor arrivals at the gates during busy periods.

SANParks Times December edition out now

Date: 2015-11-30

Five endangered penguins get a new lease on life on a picturesque island; drought is an important management tool in the Kruger and anthrax rumours in the Kgalagadi are untrue. Want to take some snaps worth framing? We show you where you need to go for those bucket-list items. For this and more, grab the December edition of the SANParks Times. Get your FREE copy at your favourite national park or at rest-stops on major highways from December. Subscribe to the online magazine at www.sanparkstimes.co.za. To subscribe to the printed version, visit www.magsathome.co.za, SMS “Subs SANParks” to 40573 (charged at R1.00 per sms) or call 0860 100 204 with your credit card details. An annual fee of R60 applies to subscriptions.

Media Release: Interim exemption to pilot fishing in the Tsitsikamma MPA granted

Date: 2015-11-30

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of SANParks, Fundisile Mketeni signed an agreement with representatives of the Tsitsikamma community to pilot fishing in the Tsitsikamma Marine Protected Area (MPA). 

Media Release: Minister Edna Molewa welcomes arrest of suspected Rhino poachers by the Hawks

Date: 2015-11-27

26 November 2015 - The Minister of Environmental Affairs Mrs Edna Molewa, welcomes the arrest of 12 suspects including three police officers for alleged rhino poaching by this week. The suspects were arrested by a multi-disciplinary and intelligence operation led by the Hawks in Gauteng and North West Provinces.

Hip Hip Hooray! We turn 11 today!

Date: 2015-11-27

Today, 27 November 2015, marks the 11th birthday of the www.sanparks.org website and its online forums.

Media Release: Northern Region Rangers receive EMI Grade 5 certificates

Date: 2015-11-25

South African National Parks (SANParks) is on a mission to ensure that its Rangers are Environmental Management Inspectorate (EMI) compliant - this was confirmed at a Certificate Award ceremony for over 50 Rangers that are responsible for the Northern Region Parks (Golden Gate, Marakele and Mapungubwe).

Media Release: Northern Region Rangers receive EMI Grade 5 certificates

Date: 2015-11-25

South African National Parks (SANParks) is on a mission to ensure that its Rangers are Environmental Management Inspectorate (EMI) compliant - this was confirmed at a Certificate Award ceremony for over 50 Rangers that are responsible for the Northern Region Parks (Golden Gate, Marakele and Mapungubwe).

Media Release: Northern Region Rangers receive EMI Grade 5 certificates

Date: 2015-11-25

South African National Parks (SANParks) is on a mission to ensure that its Rangers are Environmental Management Inspectorate (EMI) compliant - this was confirmed at a Certificate Award ceremony for over 50 Rangers that are responsible for the Northern Region Parks (Golden Gate, Marakele and Mapungubwe).

Media Release: SANParks adopts principles to guide drought preparedness across its parks

Date: 2015-11-24

South African National Parks (SANParks) has adopted principles to guide development of drought preparedness plans for affected parks under its management. SANParks will remain true to the conservation ethics as the dry conditions continue, managing as far as possible for healthy, naturally regulated ecosystems rather than the survival of individual animals in all the parks.

Media Release: Vuswa and Gallet Group Boost Conservation

Date: 2015-11-24

South African National Parks (SANParks) was today given a major boost with a donation of a 78 seater bus from Vuswa and R359 100 from South African-based financial services company Gallet Group Employee Benefits (Pty) Ltd.

Media Release: Minister Molewa publishes regulations on the rezoning of Tsitsikamma Marine Protected Area

Date: 2015-11-23

23 November 2015 - The Minister of Environmental Affairs has published draft regulations for the re-zonation of the Tsitsikamma Marine Protected Area, for public comments.

SANParks Reservations' operating hours during the 2015/2016 Festive Season

Date: 2015-11-17

The SANParks Reservations' operating hours during the 2015/2016 Festive Season:

Creative way to celebrate nature in Tsitsikamma

Date: 2015-11-16

A one of a  kind carnival launched for the first time in Tsitsikamma by SANParks in partnership with private companies in the area. Speaking at the event, Mayor of Koukamma, Sam Vuso, said "the event was a platform to unite the small town to strive towards working together". 

Speech by Minister Molewa on the 2nd Interpol-UNEP Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Conference

Date: 2015-11-16

The Executive Director of INTERPOL, Mr. Noboru Nakatani

Take full advantage of an invitation to the Garden Route National Park

Date: 2015-11-13

Open access National Parks globally experience similar challenges, according to the National Geographic Traveller. Such challenges also experienced by the Garden Route National Park (GRNP), include invasive alien species, the management of wildlife in vastly open unfenced areas, climate change, development, pollution of resources and others.

Public warned to avoid touching beached whale

Date: 2015-11-13

The carcass of a badly decomposed whale that was spotted floating in the Swartvlei, washed up at the Swartvlei beach next to the parking lot this morning.

Garden Route National Park gives back to local cyclists

Date: 2015-11-12

The Garden Route National Park Fun Mountain Bike Ride was held on the 7th of November 2015 and served to initiate a new cycling route, "Graspad", which commences at the Kranshoek Gate in the Harkerville forest (Knysna). The organiser from Muddyfoot Adeventures, James Stewart confirmed the route for the fun day to be 25 kilometers which included 12km of the Graspad route. The event was created to give back to cyclists who purchase annual permit tags.

2015/16 West Coast Rock Lobster recreational fishing season

Date: 2015-11-12

The 2015/16 West Coast Rock Lobster recreational fishing season will open on Sunday, 15 November 2015 and will close on Sunday, 28 March 2016.

Information for the 2015/2016 Festive Season - Table Mountain National Park

Date: 2015-11-12

Information regarding arrangements for various attractions, facilities and areas in the Table Mountain National Park during the 2015/2016 Festive Season.

Media Release: SANParks appoints Head of Ranger Services in the Kruger National Park

Date: 2015-11-03

The South African National Parks (SANParks) would like to announce the appointment of Xolani Nicholus Funda, as Chief Ranger; managing the whole anti-poaching operations in the Kruger National Park (KNP) effectively from 1 November 2015. Funda takes over from Major General Johan Jooste, who has since moved to SANParks’ head office and got a promotion on a strategic level position. 

Heavy rains in the Garden Route National Park

Date: 2015-11-02

All day trails as well as Day 1 of the famous Otter Trail are closed in the Tsitsikamma section of the Garden Route National Park (GRNP). This is due to the heavy and intermittent rain since yesterday, 1 November 2015 and this morning, 2 November 2015. The Park has closed the trails as a precautionary measure and fears of hikers slipping because of wet conditions. 

Media Release: President Zuma Leads Anti-rhino Poaching Awareness Day in KNP

Date: 2015-11-02

President Jacob Zuma on Sunday, 1 November 2015, led an anti-rhino poaching awareness day in the Kruger National Park, and officially launched the Joint Operation Centre in Skukuza. 

25% discount to online bookings for accommodation and camping at a selection of National Parks

Date: 2015-11-02

South African National Parks (SANParks) is offering a special 25% discount to short notice online reservations for accommodation and camping at a selection of National Parks and Camps across the country. 

Media Release: Camdeboo celebrates ten years as a National Park

Date: 2015-10-30

Camdeboo National Park, bordering the town of Graaff-Reinet in the Eastern Cape, today (30 October 2015) celebrated ten years under the management of South African National Parks (SANParks).

Media Release: Mapungubwe Arts Festival Launched at the home of the Golden Rhino

Date: 2015-10-30

Limpopo - Scores of journalists gathered at the Mapungubwe National Park’s Golden Rhino auditorium for the launch of the annual Mapungubwe Arts Festival.

Media Release: Mountain Zebra National Park two Lionesses richer

Date: 2015-10-30

Chances of spotting lions in Mountain Zebra National Park have doubled!  This is thanks to the introduction of two lionesses onto the property to join the two resident males.


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