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Media Release: Fire at Basotho Cultural Village Rest Camp in Golden Gate razes 9 units

08 September 2009

In the early hours of this morning (Tuesday, September 2009) a fire raged at the rest camp of the Basotho Cultural Village in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. Nine of the 24 units in the rest camp have been destroyed by this fire, the cause of which is as yet unknown.

Park Manager, Johan Taljaard said that the fire seems to have begun between 02h00 and 03h00. The current unconfirmed observations indicate that the fire started among the units on the left hand side of the camp between the road and the reception area. “It is not clear how this fire started and we will have to wait for the results of the forensic investigation report,” said Taljaard. He also confirmed that the rest camp will be closed until further notice, but the other areas of the Village, like the museum, will still be operational.

The Basotho Cultural Village saw its first visitors from December 2008 and has been a popular attraction for visitors to Golden Gate Highlands National Park. The rest camp has been fully booked for the upcoming holiday on the 24th of September and SANParks will be contacting all affected clients to either arrange alternative accommodation in the park or to reschedule their bookings.

SANParks apologises for the inconvenience caused to its valuable clients, due to this unfortunate and unforeseen occurrence, and will be consistently updating the public as progress is made.

Issued by:

SANParks Corporate Communications

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