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30 July 2019

Media Release: Three Top Team Awards for Karoo National Park staff

The consistent hard work and dedication of the staff at Karoo National Park outside Beaufort West paid off when employees from three of its departments walked away with awards from this year’s SANParks Frontier Regional Achievement Awards.

The awards evening takes place annually, giving recognition to individuals, teams and parks for outstanding service in the previous financial year – in this case, 2018/19. The Frontier Region is made up of the Addo Elephant, Camdeboo, Garden Route, Karoo and Mountain Zebra National Parks. The event took place at the Africanos Country Estate near Addo on Thursday, 25 July 2019.

The team awards Karoo National Park came home with were: Best Performing Gate and Reception, Best Constituency Builder (received by the People and Conservation department) and Best Performing Business Unit (which went to the Park’s Administration and Human Resources Department). Senior Housekeeper, Sorina van der Walt, won in the Excellent Performance in the Workplace category.

Some of what the Karoo is most popularly known for is its warm, friendly and inviting hospitality. This reputation begins from the minute guests arrives at the Park’s entrance gate and throughout the Park. This is evident from numerous guest feedback interactions received, as well as other customer and stakeholder feedback.

Frontier Regional General Manager, Dries Engelbrecht, congratulated all the recipients on their awards and thanked them for their selfless work. He was joined in congratulating his staff by SANParks’ Managing Executive: Parks, Property Mokoena, who flew in specially to attend the awards. “You are examples of the quality of staff we have working in our national parks. Your dedication, passion and loyalty are evident in everything you do, and we hope that receiving these awards tonight will go a long way in not only motivating you to carry on in this fashion but also see your colleagues striving for better. I, along with your Regional Manager and other top management in the region, am very proud of all the winners this evening, as well as all the other staff members who were nominated,” he said.

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South African National Parks (SANParks) Frontier Region Communications


Fayroush Ludick
Regional Manager: Communications, SANParks
Tel: 082 888 0201
Email: [email protected]