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SANParks in dispute with Restaurant operator at Satara, Olifants and Letaba Camps in the Kruger National Park

Unread post by Elsa » Sat Mar 11, 2017 6:06 pm

Following a host of complaints by guests on various social media platforms in relation to the quality of service experienced by guests at Letaba, Satara and Olifants restaurants in Kruger National Park, South African National Parks would like to put it on record that it is in dispute with the operator of former Mugg & Bean outlets at the above mentioned rest camps.

According to SANParks Acting Head of Communications, William Mabasa, SANParks is currently embarking on an arbitration process with the operator in question and is unable to confirm how long will the process take. “But arbitration proceeding are underway.”

He said in an effort to address this challenge and improve service standards for the comfort of our guests booked at the affected rest camp, “SANParks will endeavour to put temporary substitutes particularly during peak times.”

“SANParks management sincerely apologizes for the inconvenience and hopes that your stay in the park will be a memorable one as always,” concluded Mabasa.

Issued by:
South African National Parks (SANParks) Corporate Communications
Tel 012 426 5170

Media Enquiries:
William Mabasa
Acting Head of Communications, SANParks
Tel: 013 735 4363; Cell: 082 807 3919
E-mail: william.mabasa@sanparks.org

Reynold “ReyT” Thakhuli
GM: Media, PR & Stakeholder Relations, SANParks
Tel: 012 426 5203; Cell: 073 373 4999
E-mail: rey.thakhuli@sanparks.org

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Re: SANParks in dispute with Restaurant operator at Satara, Olifants and Letaba Camps in the Kruger National Park

Unread post by Tobieo » Tue Mar 14, 2017 2:55 pm

We were in Letaba on 2 consecutive days. Day 1 M&B day 2 generic, no M&B. Day 1 good service day 2 terrible and some items out of stock (ham for toasted sandwich and strawberry flavour for shake). Moved to Olifants to find the restaurant in terrible state with bird and animal droppings ALL over tables on veranda, service non existing and unfriendly with also various items out of stock (coffee and strawberry flavour for shake)!!!!! Staff did not want to clean a table for us. We went inside but left after being informed that we can not order basic refreshments. I hope this is resolved rather soon. We were planning to stop off at Satara for breakfast tomorrow on our way to LS :(
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Re: SANParks in dispute with Restaurant operator at Satara, Olifants and Letaba Camps in the Kruger National Park

Unread post by Elsa » Tue Mar 14, 2017 3:30 pm

It seems they have recovered somewhat as this is what has just been posted on the other topic in KNP!

dellac wrote:We in Oliphants restaurant at the moment and I must congratulate the Parks for the way they have taken over and dealt with the problem.. you can still have food, maybe not the full menu but a good simple range ....


Hope your visit to Satara is better Tobieo! :thumbs_up:

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Unread post by Tobieo » Tue Mar 14, 2017 8:22 pm

Thanks Elsa, we will give it a go and report back.
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Unread post by Tobieo » Wed Mar 15, 2017 2:12 pm

The feedback as promised.

Service was good and the food excellent, very tasty and all items (which we selected) were available. Well done SanParks.
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Unread post by Elsa » Wed Mar 15, 2017 9:42 pm

Thanks for the feedback Tobieo! :thumbs_up:

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Unread post by TawnyEagle » Sat Mar 18, 2017 12:24 pm

Elsa wrote:Following a host of complaints by guests on various social media platforms in relation to the quality of service experienced by guests at Letaba, Satara and Olifants restaurants in Kruger National Park, South African National Parks would like to put it on record that it is in dispute with the operator of former Mugg & Bean outlets at the above mentioned rest camps.

According to SANParks Acting Head of Communications, William Mabasa, SANParks is currently embarking on an arbitration process with the operator in question and is unable to confirm how long will the process take. “But arbitration proceeding are underway.”

He said in an effort to address this challenge and improve service standards for the comfort of our guests booked at the affected rest camp, “SANParks will endeavour to put temporary substitutes particularly during peak times.”

“SANParks management sincerely apologizes for the inconvenience and hopes that your stay in the park will be a memorable one as always,” concluded Mabasa.

Issued by:
South African National Parks (SANParks) Corporate Communications
Tel 012 426 5170

Media Enquiries:
William Mabasa
Acting Head of Communications, SANParks
Tel: 013 735 4363; Cell: 082 807 3919
E-mail: william.mabasa@sanparks.org

Reynold “ReyT” Thakhuli
GM: Media, PR & Stakeholder Relations, SANParks
Tel: 012 426 5203; Cell: 073 373 4999
E-mail: rey.thakhuli@sanparks.org

The questions that needs answering are: 1. Is it the Staff who are not accepting M&B's rules etc. and are embarking on go slow, unruly action etc., thereby causing us clients to react negatively to food and service or is the management of M&B treating their staff unreasonably? 2. Are these staff members the same ones who also worked for the previous restaurant operator? 3.What were the reasons for that operator not continuing to run the restaurants? 4. Are these staff members the original Sanparks employees who were inherited by the operators? These questions need to be answered honestly as we the paying public have a right to know. If they are the original Sanparks employees and there are still problems, then it can only be that the staff that are causing the problem. It cannot then always be the operator i.e. 1 Sanparks operator 2. Previous operator. 3. Mug& Bean. WHO is therefore at fault?

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Re: SANParks in dispute with Restaurant operator at Satara, Olifants and Letaba Camps in the Kruger National Park

Unread post by Elsa » Thu Mar 23, 2017 2:11 pm

SANParks’ Dispute With Former Famous Brands Franchisee

South African National Parks (SANParks) said in a statement, the three restaurants in Satara, Letaba & Olifants camps in the Kruger National Park formerly franchised by Famous Brands (Mugg n Bean & Debonairs) are managed by a concessionaire. Due to a dispute between Famous Brands and Ringgold (the Franchisee) and the resulting termination of the agreement between the parties, Ringgold has lost the right to use Famous Brand trademarks in its stores.

According to SANParks, Acting Head of Communications, William Mabasa, SANParks is not party to the issue of the said restaurants between Ringgold and Famous Brands. “SANParks has its own dispute with Ringgold due to its inability to meet its obligations as a concessionaire and the matter is scheduled for arbitration in July 2017. The two matters are therefore parallel processes.”
Mabasa further stated that SANParks has not acceded to any of Ringgold’s future plans for these stores. “This includes changes in the menus and other offerings planned.”

He said should the need arise, SANParks will not hesitate to put temporary substitutes particularly during peak time. “SANParks sincerely apologizes for the inconvenience and hopes that your stay in the park will be a memorable one as always,” concluded Mabasa.

***Ends***

For previous media statements please go to www.sanparks.org
Issued by SANParks Corporate Communications: Tel 012 426 5170

For Media Enquiries:
William Mabasa: Acting Head of Communications, SANParks. Tel: 013 735 4363; Cell: 082 807 3919; Email: william.mabasa@sanparks.org
Or
Reynold “ReyT” Thakhuli: GM: Media, PR & Stakeholder Relations, SANParks. Tel: 012 426 5203; Cell: 073 373 4999; Email: rey.thakhuli@sanparks.org

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Re: SANParks in dispute with Restaurant operator at Satara, Olifants and Letaba Camps in the Kruger National Park

Unread post by pantheist » Mon Jun 26, 2017 7:06 am

Elsa et al - thanks for this update. It's a couple of months later now and my spouse and I are traveling to KNP for the first time. We do have two nights at Olifants and were wondering about any updates anyone can share re: the restaurant there. Is there reliable food service or should we plan to self-cater after all?

Sorry if I've missed this elsewhere -- newbie here.

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Re: SANParks in dispute with Restaurant operator at Satara, Olifants and Letaba Camps in the Kruger National Park

Unread post by Elsa » Mon Jun 26, 2017 8:13 am

Warm welcome Dave and Peggy,
We didn't use Olifant's restaurant specifically on our recent trip but had a breakfast at Satara which was very good.
Maybe someone who has eaten at Olifants can offer some feedback but I'm sure you will be able to get a reasonable meal there.
There is also a temporary kitchen (Boskombuis) set up at the viewing deck offering light meals.
Otherwise the shops are quite well stocked and you will be able to buy meat/provisions etc and self cater.

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Re: SANParks in dispute with Restaurant operator at Satara, Olifants and Letaba Camps in the Kruger National Park

Unread post by Crested Val » Mon Jun 26, 2017 10:37 am

Good advice from Elsa Dave and Peggy. :k

Most people seem to have enjoyed reasonable food and service at Olifants recently, though there is always the odd complaint. :thumbs_up:

The bush kitchen seems to get positive reviews, and might be a nice experience for you if you are from overseas.

The shops are well stocked, so maybe you can wait and see what is what when you arrive? If you have doubts about the restaurant/bush kitchen you can buy and self-cater. I presume your unit is one with utensils? :hmz:

Whatever you decide, have a wonderful trip. :dance: :dance:
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Unread post by pantheist » Thu Jun 29, 2017 12:15 am

Thanks, all. Much appreciated, and we can't wait!
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Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Thu Jun 29, 2017 3:44 am

I spent last Christmas at Balule and used the Olifants restaurant. I found the service excellent and the food was pretty good. Nothing can take away from the view. That is five star. It must have one of the best views in the world.

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Unread post by bert » Sat Aug 19, 2017 8:43 am

SANParks has its own dispute with Ringgold due to its inability to meet its obligations as a concessionaire and the matter is scheduled for arbitration in July 2017


We are well into august.
Any news about the outcome?

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Unread post by Elsa » Sat Aug 19, 2017 9:21 am

Not that I am aware of Bert.


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