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Media Release: Steenboks vow to keep Kruger clean

Date: 1st September 2008

The Kruger National Park’s (KNP) Managing Executive Dr Bandile Mkhize accepted the Keep Kruger Clean pledge of 36 grade 10 school pupils from all around the Park in Skukuza on Saturday 30 August 2008 as part of the on-going Keep Kruger Clean Campaign.

The Kruger National Park’s (KNP) Managing Executive Dr Bandile Mkhize accepted the Keep Kruger Clean pledge of 36 grade 10 school pupils from all around the Park in Skukuza on Saturday 30 August 2008 as part of the on-going Keep Kruger Clean Campaign.


KNP Managing Executive Dr
Bandile Mkhize urges the new
Steenboks to be ambassadors for
conservation in their own villages
and towns

Called “Steenboks”, these new Keep Kruger Clean ambassadors will do duty at KNP entrance gates and rest camps, imploring visitors to throw their litter in the dustbins provided rather than out of the window into the park.

In his motivating address to the Steenboks, Dr Mkhize told the pupils to help keep the park clean in any way possible. “Littering is a most unpleasant feature of our modern way life. It is ugly, it is dangerous for both humans and wild animals and it should be eradicated from our planet, not just our park. So I ask you to be a constant ambassador for us,” Dr Mkhize said.

Keep Kruger Clean “Steenboks” will do duty at KNP entrance gates and at certain camp reception buildings during their school holidays and on public holidays. The pupils also signed a Code of Conduct which governs their behaviour and appearance, saying that they will always be in their uniforms when doing their duty and that they will always be courteous and helpful to any visitors of the KNP. But the message given to these pupils didn’t only motivate them to ensure that the KNP is kept clean.

“Few realise that any litter dropped outside the park often ends up in the park as it is carried by rivers or the wind. And this is why I ask that your message as KNP Steenbok Ambassadors should also be given to the people in your respective communities. So please tell your friends at school, tell your family and neighbours at home of the dangers of litter and, if you see someone throwing something down on the ground, go and speak to that person and persuade him or her that what they are doing endangers not only our lives but the lives of our beautiful animals,” Dr Mkhize explained.

KNP rangers often find animals that have ingested plastic, glass and other litter which can block their throats, injure them or even poison them. Anyone caught littering in the KNP can receive a spot fine if they are seen doing this by an official or law enforcement officer.

“With the introduction of the Steenbok Project in the KNP, this becomes yet another weapon in our arsenal that we will be sure to use in the fight against litter in the KNP,” said the KNP’s HOD of Tourism and Marketing, Ms Lucy Nhlapo, who is the project leader.


Dr Big talk, big action: Steenbok
Keketso Manyama from Lepato
M High School will do duty at
Phalaborwa Entrance Gate for
the Keep Kruger Clean Campaign

The Steenboks assigned with duty at Pafuri Entrance Gate are Freda Khetani, Rabelana Singo and Konanani Tshimbevha from Shetani High School. Those found at Punda Maria Entrance Gate will be Yvette Masilela, Pierre Chauke, Vivian Chauke and Sharon Xitlhangu, all from A Mhinga High School. Owen Mafani and Keketso Manyama from Lepato M High School and Junior Honorary Rangers Carl Coetzee, Frans Vermaak and Ewert Engelbrecht will do duty at Phalaborwa Entrance Gate.

Orpen Entrance Gate will see Ishmael Baloyi, Sandile Nyathi, Zodwa Mzimba and Chriselda Mathebula fro Mugena High School. Madondo High School pupils Wandile Mhlongo, Tembela Sambo, Thabisani Nkuna, Dankie Zimba and Grace Ndlovu will do duty at Paul Kruger Entrance Gate while Jacob Mdluli High School pupils Freedom Mdluli, Thandeka Sibiya, Emmanuel Mnisi and Bongiwe Mgwenya will do duty at Phabeni Entrance Gate. Hlobisile Mkhonto and Dimakatso from Sibukosetfu High School will do duty at Numbi Entrance Gate while Abel Chabvuta, Thandeka Lubisi, Ndumiso Mkhatshwa and Nomcebo Bhembe from Suikerland High School will do duty at Malelane Entrance Gate. Aptly named Steenbok High School pupils Nkosinathi Ubisi, Mzamo Madlophe, Sharon Mahlalela, Charity Mathe and Nomvundo Mbatha will do duty at Crocodile Bridge Entrance Gate.

The Keep Kruger Clean Campaign was launched in 2006 with the signing and display of pledges. Since then, Keep Kruger Clean Champions have been appointed who conduct regular “clean up campaigns” and other initiatives in their efforts to Keep Kruger Clean.

Issued by:
Raymond Travers, Media Relations Practitioner, Kruger National Park. Contact: Tel: (013) 735 4116, cell: 082 908 2677 or email: raymondt@sanparks.org

Enquiries:
William Mabasa, HOD: Public Relations and Communication, Kruger National Park. Contact: Tel: 013 735 4363, cell: 082 807 3919 or email: williamm@sanparks.org

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