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Media Release: KNP 110 Birthday Celebrations poised to kick off!

Date: 23rd May 2008

A three-week long celebration of the Kruger National Park’s (KNP) 110th Birthday will kick off on Monday next week (Monday May 26, 2008) and will climax with the main event on Saturday June 14, 2008.

A three-week long celebration of the Kruger National Park’s (KNP) 110th Birthday will kick off on Monday next week (Monday May 26, 2008) and will climax with the main event on Saturday June 14, 2008.


“We would naturally like to include everybody in our celebrations but that would be a bit unpractical so we have decided to stage a number of events with the idea of inviting as many people as possible,” said the KNP’s HOD of Public Relations and Communication, Mr William Mabasa who also serves as the chairman of the organising committee of the events.




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With the slogan for the celebration "KNP: 110 Conservation Celebration", firmly in place, the events are particularly aimed at showcasing the fact that the KNP has been run successfully for the last 110 years and that it is one of the world leaders in conservation.


“We believe that this is definitely something worth celebrating and would ask everyone in this country and everyone that has ever been involved in the park to celebrate this achievement with us,” Mr Mabasa commented.


The celebration will kick off with an event at Phalaborwa on Monday May 26, 2008 which will give the communities living in close proximity to the Nxanatseni Region (north) of the park an opportunity to celebrate. This includes Phalaborwa, Giyani, Thohoyandau and villages in that area, as well as camps like Letaba, Mopani, Shingwedzi and Punda Maria. Speeches by various dignitaries, including the park’s Managing Executive Dr Bandile Mkhize and cultural dancing will make up most of the programme of this event.


The second event will take place in Satara Rest Camp on Wednesday May 28, 2008 and will give the members of the communities living in the Bushbuckridge, Acornhoek and Hoedspruit areas a chance to celebrate the KNP’s Birthday with staff members from the Nkayeni (or Central) region of the KNP. This includes Satara, Talamati and the Orpen Entrance Gate and Rest Camp and the smaller camps in that region. The event will include speeches by various KNP officials, including the KNP’s Managing Executive Dr Bandile Mkhize, and the cultural dancing from the communities in the surrounding areas will also be showcased.


The third event will take place in Skukuza on Friday May 30, 2008 and community representatives from the towns surrounding the Marula Region (South), which includes Komatipoort, Malelane, Kabokweni and Hazyview, will celebrate the KNP’s birthday with staff members from camps like Skukuza, Pretoriuskop, Lower Sabie and Berg en Dal. Again, this event will include speeches by KNP officials like the KNP’s Managing Executive Dr Bandile Mkhize and cultural dances and performances from the surrounding areas.


On Saturday May 31, 2008 there will be a private function where the SA Mint will launch the 2008 gold Krugerrand. Because of the nature of this event, this event will only be for invited guests but SA Mint will be giving out chocolate coins and brochures describing these new gold coins to everyone who enters the park on that day (while stocks last), so that everyone can celebrate this unique event.


The period from June 1st to the 13th will be filled with competitions, special offers and other activities which will culminate in the main event in Skukuza on Saturday June 14, 2008. This will start with the relaunch of the My Acre of Africa site near Phabeni Entrance Gate and then continue with the main event at the Skukuza Soccer Stadium.


This event will take the form of speeches by various dignitaries, including the keynote address by the Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, the Honourable Marthinus van Schalkwyk. There will also be various cultural dance performances and the public is warmly invited to attend this event. General Muzka and DJ Sdunkero will also perform live to entertain the crowd.


“We have engaged with various radio stations and local newspapers and I would encourage everyone to listen to those radio stations and read those newspapers as more details will be made available through them, including details of the exciting competitions we have planned,” concluded Mr Mabasa.


KNP fans can also keep track of the developments of the KNP 110 Conservation Celebration on this website(www.sanparks.org) which will also carry updates on this celebration.


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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