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Media Release: Authorazation for the Construction of a New Entrance Gate and Border Post for the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Date: 20th January 2000

South African National Parks (SANP) hereby inform all interested and affected parties that the South African Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism has issued a Record of Decision authorising the construction of a new Entrance Gate and Border Post for the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in terms of the Environment Conservation Act, 1989 (Act 73 of 1989). 

Appeals should be directed by 8 February 2000 to: 

The Minister 
Environmental Affairs and Tourism 
Private Bag X447 
Telephone: (012) 310 3611 
Facsimile: (012) 322 0082 

Background information: The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, which combines South Africa’s Kalahari Gemsbok National Park and Botswana’s Gemsbok National Park into a single ecological unit, was formally established on 7 April 1999 through an agreement signed by then President Mandela and President Mogae. The South African Parliament ratified the agreement on 22 September 1999. Under the agreement, South Africa and Botswana will set a joint management committee to run the KTP, the first transfrontier in Southern Africa. 

Dr Salifou Siddo 
Head: Corporate Affairs 
South African National Parks 
Tel: (012) 343 9770; Fax: (012) 343 0153

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