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Media Release: Kudu Awards 2008

Date: 3rd April 2008

2008 is the fourth year of a brand that has grown to a successful and critical milestone on the annual events calendar of the South African National Parks (SANParks).

2008 is the fourth year of a brand that has grown to a successful and critical milestone on the annual events calendar of the South African National Parks (SANParks). The Kudu and the Chief Executive’s Awards, as they are affectionately called by SANParks’ First Citizens, continues to honour and celebrate contributions and achievements by external stakeholders and SANParks' staff members, who play a significant part in the conservation of our biodiversity and cultural heritage, through their support and know-how.

The Kudu Awards were conceptualised to recognise the contributions and efforts of members of the public/external stakeholders who continue to show or provide support to SANParks, in its continued quest to make the National Parks system of South Africa, the pride of all its citizens and a jewel to be marvelled at by the global community.

You can read more about the award categories and criteria here.

SANPark staff and the public are once again reminded of the "Website Community Choice" award as an additional category for the Chief Executive Awards where a SANParks staff member can be nominated by the forum community on the SANParks Website, based on the experience of service delivery with this individual over the last year 12 Months.

A call for nominations in the various categories has already begun at a regional and national level and this will culminate to the awards ceremony on 26 June 2008. Our esteemed panel of judges includes accomplished experts in the conservation industry such as:

Prof. Jason S. Ogola: Dean – School of Environmental Science, University of Venda
Ms Fiona McCleod: Editor – Lowveld Living & Highveld Living
Dr Razeena Wagiet: Executive Director – People & Conservation SANParks
Dr Hector Magome: Executive Director – Conservation Services SANParks
Ms wanda mkutshulwa: Head of Communications SANParks
A comprehensive description on the selection criteria for all categories is provided on nomination form, which are available on on the SANParks website or at all national parks countrywide.

Issued by: Corporate Communications
Inquiries: Thamsanqa Mthembu
General Manager: Media, Events and Stakeholder Relations
South African National Parks
Landline: 012 426 5203
Mobile: 083 383 3192

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