Media Release: 248 KNP rangers to embark on a strike
A total number of 361 Kruger National Park (KNP) staff members will embark on a strike from Friday, February 3, 2012. This is according to a notice given to management yesterday (Tuesday, January 31, 2012) by the employees concerned. Of the 361 staff members, 248 are Field Rangers whose job is mainly the protection of wildlife and maintenance of ecological integrity. These employees are sighting salary disparity as their reason for going on strike but the two labour unions that are officially recognised by SANParks as employee representatives, i.e. SACCAWU and HOSPERSA are not party to the strike.
"It is indeed unfortunate that our Rangers have decided to go on strike at the time when we are at the peak of our war against rhino poachers. These are the men and women that we rely on in our fight against the poachers, but nevertheless Management would like to assure our guests and the public in general that all contingency measures are in place to adequately deal with the situation. The Honorary Rangers, the SAPS and the SANDF will be at hand to reinforce our efforts as far as security and anti-poaching are concerned. In the mean-time, the recruitment of the additional 150 rangers as per the Department of Water and Environmental Affairs Minister’s announcement is proceeding. We are satisfied that we will be able to sufficiently deal with the situation and be able to protect visitors as well as the majority of our employees who will be at work from possible intimidation that might arise out of the envisaged industrial action", said the KNP’s HOD: Public Relations and Communication, William Mabasa.
No striker will be allowed to cause disruptions at any of the work stations in the Park. Strikers will also not be allowed to come anywhere near their place of employment during the strike period.
Laura Mukwevho, Media Relations Practitioner, Kruger National Park. Contact: Tel: 013 735 4262 cell 082 807 1441 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
William Mabasa, HOD: Public Relations and Communication, Kruger National Park. Contact: Tel: 013 735 4363, cell: 082 807 3919 or email: email@example.com