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Media Release: Military truck overturns at Crocodile River low level bridge in the Kruger National Park

Date: 2016-09-27

A South African Military Truck with four army staff members based in the Park overturned and fell off the Crocodile River low level bridge in the Kruger National Park (KNP) at about 06:30 yesterday, 26 September 2016. There was diesel spillage into the river and a company to attend to the spill was appointed immediately in order to avoid possible pollution to water and the environment in general. 

Minister of Environmental Affairs welcomes arrest and seizure of rhino horns

Date: 2016-09-26

26 September 2016 - The Minister of Environmental Affairs Dr Edna Molewa, has congratulated the Department’s Environmental Management Inspectorate (Green Scorpions), stationed at O.R Tambo International Airport (ORTIA) working together with Customs, the security company employed by the Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) as well as the Directorate For Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) for the arrest of a suspected rhino horn smuggler on the 24th of September 2016.

Media Release: SA National Parks Week sees more than 60 000 visitors for 2016

Date: 2016-09-26

South African National Parks (SANParks) saw 62 312 visitors to the parks during South African National Parks Week from 12 September to 18 September. This campaign under the established theme "Know Your National Parks" allowed locals with valid identity documents an opportunity to spend a day at a national park of their choice free of charge. 

President Zuma to open 17th COP to the Convention on Int. Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna & Flora

Date: 2016-09-23

President Jacob Zuma will on Saturday, 24 September 2016 open the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) to be held at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

The new and completely transformed Tshokwane Trading Post & Picnic Site opening October 2016

Date: 2016-09-22

A visit to South Africa’s world-famous Kruger National Park is a magnificent experience, with its wealth of wildlife, colours, sounds and beauty. Besides game-viewing and learning about the country’s extraordinary natural heritage, there’s a new and delightful way of getting a literal taste of the Kruger Park!

Media Release: Marakele National Park’s head guide wins at the Provincial Lilizela Awards

Date: 2016-09-22

Sidney Fhumulani Mikosi has once again proven his worth when he was awarded the best nature guide in Limpopo at the prestigious Limpopo Provincial Lilizela awards held in Burgersfort this past Tuesday.

Arid Cultural Event and exhibitions

Date: 2016-09-21

This year the Arid Cultural Event, was nothing sort of pure cultural grandeur. The Arid region, which includes Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Augrabies Falls National Park, Namaqua National Park, |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park and Mokala National Park has for the last seven years held this flagship regional event in partnership with the Dept. of Economic Development and Tourism of the Northern Cape Province (DEDAT). The department has proven to be a worthy partner over and over again. 

Arid Cultural Event and exhibitions

Date: 2016-09-21

This year the Arid Cultural Event, was nothing sort of pure cultural grandeur. The Arid region, which includes Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Augrabies Falls National Park, Namaqua National Park, |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park and Mokala National Park has for the last seven years held this flagship regional event in partnership with the Dept. of Economic Development and Tourism of the Northern Cape Province (DEDAT). The department has proven to be a worthy partner over and over again. 

Arid Cultural Event and exhibitions

Date: 2016-09-21

This year the Arid Cultural Event, was nothing sort of pure cultural grandeur. The Arid region, which includes Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Augrabies Falls National Park, Namaqua National Park, |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park and Mokala National Park has for the last seven years held this flagship regional event in partnership with the Dept. of Economic Development and Tourism of the Northern Cape Province (DEDAT). The department has proven to be a worthy partner over and over again. 

Arid Cultural Event and exhibitions

Date: 2016-09-21

This year the Arid Cultural Event, was nothing sort of pure cultural grandeur. The Arid region, which includes Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Augrabies Falls National Park, Namaqua National Park, |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park and Mokala National Park has for the last seven years held this flagship regional event in partnership with the Dept. of Economic Development and Tourism of the Northern Cape Province (DEDAT). The department has proven to be a worthy partner over and over again. 

Minister Edna Molewa briefs Foreign Correspondents Association on SA's preparations for CITES COP17

Date: 2016-09-20

Good Morning Members of the FCA

Fun filled Penguin Festival for African Penguin Awareness Day in Table Mountain National Park

Date: 2016-09-20

20 September 2016 - On 8 October, the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) and South African National Parks (SANParks) are hosting the annual Penguin Festival at Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town to celebrate African Penguin Awareness Day. The day is dedicated to raising worldwide awareness about the plight of the endangered African penguin, the only penguin endemic to the African continent.

Garden Route National Park extended SA National Parks Week to 17 September 2016

Date: 2016-09-19

Over 4,900 people visited the Garden Route National Park during this year’s SA National Parks Week. This is in excess of 1,500 more people than the previous year (2015).SA National Parks Week campaign in the Garden Route progressed for 7 days to allow neighbouring communities to have free access into the Garden Route National Park. The week long campaign which is financed by FNB and Total SA kicked off with a launch of a cycling route suitable for the whole family (a 7,5 km long route) in the middle of the forest in Goudveld, a few kilometers from the town on Knysna.

Speech by Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa, at launch of 2016 SA National Parks Week

Date: 2016-09-12

11 September 2016

Minister Edna Molewa highlights progress in the fight against rhino poaching

Date: 2016-09-12

11 September 2016 - The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa today released a statement of report back on progress in the implementation of the Integrated Strategic Management of Rhinoceros.

Launch of the gold nugget cycling route

Date: 2016-09-12

The gold nugget cycling route was launched on Sunday, 11 September 2016 in Goudveld, Millwood. The Park Manager for the Garden Route National Park, Paddy Gordon says "we are finding creative ways to make people feel more welcome in the Park during SA National Parks Week. If cycling is the new golf, then we have found ways to upgrade existing trails to suit the entire family."

Media Release: Golden Gate proves it is the jewel of the Free State at the Provincial Lilizela Awards

Date: 2016-09-12

At the Free State Lilizela Provincial Awards held in Bethlehem on Thursday night, 8 September 2016, Golden Gate Highlands National Park(GGHNP) proved why it is called “the jewel of the Free State” after it scooped several awards including the best three star hotel in the Province.

Media Release: An opportunity to spot the BIG 5 in Marakele National Park during SA National Parks week

Date: 2016-09-08

Marakele National Park, situated outside Thabazimbi in Limpopo in the Waterberg area within the Waterberg Biosphere will once again join the rest of national parks in the 11th edition of SA National Parks week which takes place from 12-18 September 2016. 

Media Release: The 2016 Kudu Awards deadline extended

Date: 2016-09-08

The 2016 Kudu Awards organised by South African National Parks (SANParks) in partnership with First National Bank (FNB) and Total South Africa’s entry deadline has been extended to 23 September 2016.  

Media Release: Local tourist involved in an accident in the Kruger National Park

Date: 2016-09-07

<p>A white Ford sedan driven by a male local tourist from the Limpopo Province overturned on the H1/4 road, about 8km north of Satara yesterday, 06 September 2016 at about 14:00. It is not known yet what the cause of the accident is; a helicopter and local doctor went to the scene of the accident to attend to him. The driver sustained injuries and was airlifted to a medical facility in Nelspruit for further treatment.</p>

Media Release: Department congratulates minister Edna Molewa on receipt of an Honorary Doctorate

Date: 2016-09-07

<p>06 September 2016 - The Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs, Ms. Barbara Thomson and the Director-General, Mrs. Nosipho Ngcaba, congratulate the Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs. Edna Molewa, on receipt of an honorary doctorate from the Vaal University of Technology (VUT).&nbsp;</p>

Exploring "untouched unique places"

Date: 2016-09-06

<p class="leading">Research conducted by South African Tourism in 2007 indicated some 5 million citizens had the means and the desire to travel. This led to a campaign to encourage locals to visit their country more often. There is a desire from global travellers to venture more into "untouched and unique places" according to a popular global blog (treksoft.com). Travellers are on the lookout for unique and original experiences.</p>

African Spirituality Weekend - Meet the traditional healers

Date: 2016-09-06

<p>Golden Gate Highlands National Park will be hosting an African Spirituality Weekend from 16 - 18 September 2016.&nbsp;A celebration of South Africa&rsquo;s living heritage and indigenous knowledge systems; the event which is a partnership between SANParks, WILD and the Sesiyakhula Njalo organisation involves an exploration of ancient African traditions and spiritual beliefs.</p>

Media Release: MNP to celebrate Limpopo’s diverse cultures during SA National Parks week

Date: 2016-09-05

<p class="leading">The 11th annual SA National Parks Week gets underway from 12th -17th September 2016 in Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site. This initiative in partnership with Total SA and FNB is in line with SANParks vision statement of "A sustainable National Park System Connecting Society&rdquo; and gives all South African citizens the opportunity to access the Parks for free throughout the week.</p>

South African National Parks (SANParks) resources dispatched to assist neighbours

Date: 2016-09-01

<p class="leading">South African National Parks (SANParks) in the Garden Route National Park (GRNP) dispatched resources to help fight a fire that broke out from neighbouring private property on Saturday, 27 August 2016. Park Manager of the GRNP, Paddy Gordon says "the fire started on private property and has spread through a wide landscape. Our teams are deployed on three flanks to assist the fight in the Knysna area to protect the fire from spreading to Buffelsnek and in Tsitsikamma areas."</p>

Media Release: Oil slicked penguins removed from Addo Islands

Date: 2016-08-31

<p class="leading">Over the past two days, 45 penguins have been rescued off Bird and St Croix islands, which form part of the Addo Elephant National Park, after an oil spill adjacent to St Croix on Sunday 14 September 2016.</p>

Grab your copy of the SANParks Times Spring Edition

Date: 2016-08-31

<p class="leading">Flowers are blooming and the weather is turning, which means it&rsquo;s finally time for the SANParks Times Spring Edition to hit the shelves. Read about the latest successes against rhino poaching in light of upcoming World Rhino Day on 22 September, find out how climate change is affecting the parks, and meet the rangers who are giving their all. Keep track of all you can do in the parks, whether you&rsquo;re looking for a new sporting adventure, or are looking for things to do in the parks at night. The Spring Edition also explores unusual sightings in and around South Africa&rsquo;s national parks, from new insect and plant species to rare bird sightings. Catch up with Sylvester the lion in Addo, check in on the Thulamela Ruins, plan your next trip to Marakele, and find out about the latest challenges facing wild dogs in Kruger.</p>

Table Mountain National Park Position Statement: Tokai and Cecilia Plantations

Date: 2016-08-30

<p class="leading">26 August 2016 - The devastating March 2015 fires which burnt Upper Tokai plantation have refocused the public&rsquo;s attention on the future of the area.</p>

SA National Parks Week in the Garden Route National Park

Date: 2016-08-30

<p class="leading">This year&rsquo;s South African National Parks Week in the Garden Route National Park (GRNP) begins on Sunday, the 11th September until Saturday, the 17th September 2016. The campaign encourages all South Africans to visit National Parks around the country. The Garden Route will open the campaign week with the launch of the Gold nugget cycling route in the Goudveld area on Sunday, the 11th September 2016 from 10:30am.</p>

Media Release: Free Access to National Parks starts in 2 weeks

Date: 2016-08-30

<p class="leading">South African National Park (SANParks) is again opening its doors for free from Monday, 12 September until Friday, 16 September as part of the annual South African National Parks Week. This campaign under the established theme &lsquo;Know Your National Parks&rsquo; will allow locals with valid identity documents an opportunity to spend a day at a national park of their choice free of charge.</p>


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