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Media Release: Kruger National Park Joint Operations net 14 rhino poaching suspects

Date: 2014-10-20

South African National Parks (SANParks) yesterday, announced three highly successful operations since Friday morning which led to the arrest of 14 suspected rhino poachers. This brings the total number of poaching suspects arrested in the Kruger National Park (KNP) this year to 113.

Media Release: Churches ask for spiritual intervention in rhino poaching

Date: 2014-10-15

The Kruger National Park (KNP) in partnership with various church denominations from the neighbouring communities of the Park assembled on Saturday, 11 October 2014 at Skukuza Soccer Field to pray for protection of the rhino species and to condemn rhino poaching.

Kruger National Park arrests

Date: 2014-10-08

The South African National Parks (SANParks) announced the arrest of six suspected poachers in the world famous Kruger National Park on Tuesday, the 7th of October 2014.

Skukuza Safari Lodge: Public participation registration phase

Date: 2014-10-01

Please note that the public registration phase for the proposed Skukuza Safari Lodge has resumed today, 1 October 2014 and will close on 31 October 2014.

Skukuza Safari Lodge Public Participation Opens

Date: 2014-09-29

South African National Parks (SANParks) today announced that the Public Participation process for the Skukuza Safari Lodge which is expected to open on 1 October 2014. SANParks invites all members of the public to participate in this process in the interest of transparency. 

Media Release: Portfolio committee on Environmental Affairs visits Kruger National Park

Date: 2014-09-26

The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs today concluded a three day fact finding visit to the Kruger National Park. During this visit, hosted by South African National Parks, the Committee inter alia visited the scene of a recently poached rhino in the south of the Park, and was also able to interact with members of the ranger corps who are in the forefront of the fight against rhino poaching.

Media Release: SANParks arrests three of its own on suspected poaching charges

Date: 2014-09-22

21 September 2014, Skukuza - In a joint South African National Parks (SANParks) and South African Police Services (SAPS) operation today (Sunday, 21 September 2014) three SANParks employees were arrested in connection with rhino poaching in the Kruger National Park. 

Media Release: Fires under control in the Kruger National Park

Date: 2014-09-19

Following the raging fires in the Kruger National Park (KNP) that lasted for over a week, South African National Parks (SANParks) can confirm that all four fires have been contained. 

Media Release: Fires in Kruger National Park

Date: 2014-09-18

The Kruger National Park (KNP) is currently experiencing four fast moving fires since Friday, 12 September 2014 due to the hot weather conditions in the area. A run-away fire jumped over the border on Friday from Mozambique into the KNP; burning areas south of Olifants River, Houtboschrand, N’wanetsi until Tshokwane; however it is now under control. 

Media Release: SANParks welcomes Vietnamese delegation visiting Kruger National Park

Date: 2014-09-11

South African National Parks (SANParks) welcomes a group of Vietnamese celebrities, media and top business people visiting the Kruger National Park (KNP) over the next 3 days. This according to Reynold Thakhuli, Acting Head of Communications, who said the visit, facilitated by SANParks Honorary Rangers in partnership with the Rhinose Foundation, will contribute to efforts towards the reduction in demand for rhino horn by debunking myths relating to the perceived medicinal value of rhino horn, and by exposing lede personalities to the harsh realities of rhino poaching.

Media Release: SANParks puts translocation of rhino into perspective

Date: 2014-08-28

South African National Parks (SANParks) today responded to recent reports that Cabinet’s decision to translocate rhino from the Iconic Kruger National Park has been postponed.

Media Release: Local tourists get involved in an accident in the KNP

Date: 2014-08-21

An elephant overturned a vehicle driven by local tourists at Sable Dam near Phalaborwa Gate in the Kruger National Park (KNP) around 07:15 this morning. A local doctor rushed to the scene of the accident to attend to tourists immediately and they are all well with minor injuries. 

Full moon success for Kruger rangers and the SANDF

Date: 2014-08-12

11 August 2014 - South African National Parks (SANParks) today announced a successful operations deployment during the full moon this weekend against rhino poachers in the Kruger National Park (KNP). 

Media Release: Supporting our rangers who protect our rhino

Date: 2014-07-31

A single day is never enough to celebrate the commitment and dedication of those people who put their lives at risk to look after our children’s heritage.  In the ongoing fight to preserve our natural heritage, World Ranger Day is just such a day. This day is observed across the world on the 31st of July and it is a chance to celebrate the work of our rangers and also to remember those who have lost their lives in protecting our national parks.

Bookings open for Punda Mania Team Birding Event 2014

Date: 2014-07-25

Enjoy a unique birding experience that only Punda Maria has to offer this November. The SANParks Honorary Rangers of the West Rand region will be hosting the successful Punda Mania Birding Event once again, from 13 to 16 November 2014.

Media Release: SANParks congratulates Magistrate Msibi for sentencing

Date: 2014-07-22

South African National Parks (SANParks) today, 22 July 2014,  welcomed the heavy sentencing of a rhino poacher to a total of 77 years in prison for rhino poaching and related offences. He was sentenced in the Nelspruit Magistrates Court today.

Media Release: SANParks applauds court sentence

Date: 2014-07-09

South African Nationals Parks (SANParks) today welcomed the sentencing of two Mozambican Nationals to 16 years in prison for poaching and related offences. They were sentenced in the Nelspruit Magistrates Court.

Media Release: Permits for operators using KNP border gates

Date: 2014-06-24

All business operators who travel through the Kruger National Park (KNP)’s border gates i.e. Giriyondo and Pafuri, transporting passengers to and from Mozambique, will be required to produce valid passenger transport permits as from 1 August 2014. These are meant for communities residing in the Limpopo National Park (LNP) in Mozambique, who work in South Africa and often make use of the two border gates going home. 

Media Release: KNP gate quotas set for the school holidays

Date: 2014-06-24

Day Visitors to the Kruger National Park (KNP) are requested to take note of gate quotas when planning their visit, as these will strictly be enforced during the coming school holidays which start on Saturday, 28 June until Sunday, 20 July 2014. 

Media Release: Misleading placards in the Kruger National Park

Date: 2014-06-18

SANParks would like to warn people placing posters, flyers and notices containing incorrect rhino poaching information at look-out points, rocks and trees in the Kruger National Park (KNP); to refrain from such tendency. Placing such placards on undesignated areas, without permission is not allowed in a National Park and also misinforms tourists.

SANParks driver cautioned

Date: 2014-06-11

In light of the uproar with regards to the recent YouTube video showing a South African National Parks (SANParks) vehicle forcing an elephant and a calf off the road, a full investigation was concluded, which included the studying of the footage, information from the witnesses as well as the account from the driver.  

Media Release: Arrest of former SANParks ranger and police officials welcomed

Date: 2014-05-28

The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa, the Hawks and SANParks have welcomed the arrest of a former SANParks field ranger and two SAPS members by South African National Parks (SANParks). 

Alert: SAPS apprehends suspected poachers

Date: 2014-05-23

22 May 2014 -  SANParks congratulated the SAPS who intercepted a group of suspected poachers who were on their way to the iconic Kruger National Park, possibly to illegally hunt rhino. 

Media Release: Anniversary celebrations for SANParks Honorary Rangers

Date: 2014-05-20

2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the partnership between South African National Parks (SANParks) and the SANParks Honorary Rangers. This will be celebrated in the Kruger National Park from 21 to 25 May 2014. 

Media Release: Shock as SANParks discovers first poached elephant in ten years

Date: 2014-05-15

The South African National Parks (SANParks) has today announced the first confirmed elephant poaching incident in the Kruger National Park (KNP) in well over ten years. The incident occurred in the Pafuri region, in the northern part of the KNP. 

Media Release: Marked increase in service levels for SANParks Restaurant

Date: 2014-05-09

South African National Parks (SANParks) is proud to announce that two months after the opening of Mugg & Bean restaurant at Lower Sabie in the Kruger National Park (KNP) there has been a 127.67% increase in this facilities turnover.

The latest update on the KNP restaurant refurbishment plan

Date: 2014-04-17

South African National Parks (SANParks), in an effort to improve customer service in the Kruger National Park, is in the process of setting up new restaurant operations at various camps. Herewith the latest update on the refurbishment plan:

Media Release: KNP gate quotas in force during the Easter weekend

Date: 2014-04-15

Day Visitors to the Kruger National Park are requested to take note of gate quotas when planning their visit, as these will strictly be enforced during this coming Easter Weekend which starts on Thursday, 17 to Monday, 21 April 2014. 

Media Release: Hectic week for anti-poaching units in KNP

Date: 2014-04-14

South African National Parks (SANParks) said in a statement that the past week proved to be one of the busiest weeks for anti-poaching units in the Kruger National Park (KNP) with as many as three heavily armed groups of suspected poachers detected by Rangers in the iconic park. 

Media Release: KNP launches advanced Waste Separation and Recycling System

Date: 2014-04-14

Kruger National Park (KNP) in partnership with Nampak have officially launched the waste separation and recycling system on Friday, 11 March 2014 in Skukuza. The system is aimed at centralising waste separation and recycling for KNP which will be done in Skukuza where all the camps in the southern region of the park will have their waste processed and recycled. 

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