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Media Release: Kruger Fire Disaster Update

Date: 10th September 2001

The memorial service for the victims of the fire which devastated Kruger National Park last week will be held at the Skukuza rugby field in the park at 13:00 tomorrow, Tuesday 11 September. Twenty-three (23) people died in the blaze which destroyed 60 000 hectares (final figure) of the 2-million hectare park. The fire has now been extinguished. 

The Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Rejoice Mabudafhasi, will deliver an address at the service.

The Bushbuckridge Taxi Association and Great North Transport have kindly offered to make taxis and buses available tomorrow to transport mourners to Skukuza for the memorial service. We are still awaiting confirmation from Busco in Nelspruit to ferry people from the Makoko and surrounding areas.

A mass funeral service is being planned by the Kruger National Park and representatives from the various communities. It will start at the Skukuza rugby field at 08:00 on Saturday morning (15 September) and will proceed to the Kruger Gate Cemetery at 10:00. 

Two of the injured remain in hospital - Moses Lekhuleni and Sandros Ngwenya 

The names of the 23 deceased, of which 17 have been positively identified, are:  

SANParks Permanent Employees
Shadrack Mhlanga 
Phillip Fakude 
Wilson Ngobeni 
Fransisco Nyathe  

Temporary Contract Workers
Christina Sibuyi 
Yvonne Mondlana 
Raimina Risenga 
Mildred Ndlovu 
Lizzy Mashele 
Florence Mokoena 
Lettie Manzini 
Allita Makhubela 
Miriam Ngomane 
Eslina Sithebe 
Nomina Nkuna
Glenah Ndimande 
Linah Lekhuleni 
Sarah Mazibuko (also known as Sarah Mawela) 
Velapi Ngwenya 
Comuphepa Lubisi 
Flora Zwane 
Miriam Nkuna 
Lilly Mapanga 

For those who would like to contribute to the Disaster Fund set up to help the families of the victims, here are the details of the bank account: 

KNP Fire Disaster Fund 
ABSA Current 
Acc no: 40 54 043 666

Donations in kind can be made to: 
Bulelwa Ngqakamba in the Office of the Director of the Kruger Park, phone: 013 735 4384. 

Enquiries:
William Mabasa 
Public Relations Manager 
Kruger National Park 
Tel: 013-735-4363; Cell: 082-807-3919 

OR 

Dr Salifou Siddo 
Head: Communications 
SANParks 
Tel: 012-426-5018; Cell: 082-802-3316

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