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Treating the cause and not the symptom: Swartvlei

Date: 2014-10-31

Authorities (SANParks, Eden District Municipality, Knysna Municipality) and the Knysna Basin Project met to discuss the situation in Swartvlei following recent media reports. A unanimous decision undertaken is to find the sources of reported E.coli counts at the mouth of the estuary. ‘It is important to find the source of the problem and treat that’ according to SANParks. 

Media Release: 54 Rhino Poaching Suspects Arrested in KNP in October

Date: 2014-10-30

South African National Parks (SANParks) today announced the arrest of six suspected poachers and the fatal wounding of two others in two separate operations. In the first operation, Crocodile Bridge Rangers made contact with three suspected rhino poachers. In the ensuing pursuit, two were fatally wounded and the third managed to escape back into Mozambique. A hunting rifle, ammunition and other hunting equipment was recovered on the scene.

New Bird of Prey species identified in Southern Africa

Date: 2014-10-24

And the discovery prompts birders to review old photos and it is discovered that it was recorded and found in SANParks, in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in August 2001.

Media Release: SANCCOB & SANParks celebrate African penguins with festival and benefit auction

Date: 2014-10-24

23 October 2014 - On 11 October organisations around the world celebrated African Penguin Awareness Day, a day dedicated to raising worldwide awareness about the plight of the endangered African penguin.  SANCCOB (Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds) and South African National Parks (SANParks) celebrated APAD with a unique penguin festival and a star-studded benefit auction in aid of their African penguin conservation projects. 

Media Release: DEA response to AfriForum petition

Date: 2014-10-24

23 October 2014 - The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) acknowledges the memorandum issued by AfriForum, received on 20 October 2014 on behalf of the Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa.

Media Release: DEA congratulates Fundisile Mketeni on his appointment as SANParks CEO

Date: 2014-10-24

23 October 2014 - The Department of Environmental Affairs has congratulated Fundisile Mketeni on his appointment as Chief Executive Officer of South African National Parks (SANParks). 

40% discount to short notice bookings for selected Wilderness Trails in the KNP

Date: 2014-10-22

South African National Parks (SANParks) is offering a special 40% discount to new, short notice reservations for selected Wilderness Trails in the Kruger National Park. 

Merrell Eden Duo comes to Wilderness, Garden Route National Park

Date: 2014-10-21

Only four days to go before the start of this year’s Merrel Eden Duo. 

Media Release: KNP connecting to society at Riverside Mall

Date: 2014-10-21

The Kruger National Park (KNP) will, as part of its marketing activities, be at Nelspruit Riverside Mall on 22 - 26 October between 09:00 and 18:00, taking the Park to the people. This exhibition is meant to afford clients an opportunity to have one on one interaction with staff, discussing various tourism and conservation related issues. 

Media Release: Five suspected poachers arrested

Date: 2014-10-20

17 October 2014 - In a joint operation, the SAPS and SANPARKS arrested five suspected poachers in the Tshokwane Section of the iconic Kruger National Park (KNP).

Media Release: Kruger National Park Joint Operations net 14 rhino poaching suspects

Date: 2014-10-20

South African National Parks (SANParks) yesterday, announced three highly successful operations since Friday morning which led to the arrest of 14 suspected rhino poachers. This brings the total number of poaching suspects arrested in the Kruger National Park (KNP) this year to 113.

Mass clean up of the Khayalethu and Bongane rivers for Knysna estuary

Date: 2014-10-10

South Africa’s number estuary is under the spotlight again this Marine Week. This time stakeholders have gathered citizens from the Khayalethu community to roll up their sleeves and pick up litter from the Bongani and Khayalethu rivers. 

Perceptions concerning Augrabies Hydroelectric Power Station

Date: 2014-10-10

A proposal has been tabled to construct a 40 Megawatt hydropower station on the Orange River, on the farm Riemvasmaak, North of the Augrabies Falls. 

Media Release: Celebrate African Penguin Awareness Day

Date: 2014-10-09

The 11th of October 2014 is African Penguin Awareness Day (APAD) - a day dedicated to raising worldwide awareness about the plight of the endangered African penguin.

Media Release: Historic Biodiversity Offset Agreement signed

Date: 2014-10-08

The Acting Director General of Environmental Affairs, Ms Judy Beaumont,  on behalf of the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), today signed a historic biodiversity offset agreement (BOA) for the Vele Colliery Colliery to the value of R55 million over the life of the mine.  The agreement was signed jointly with the Chairperson of the  South African National Parks (SANParks), Mr Kuseni Dlamini and CoAL of Africa Limited (CoAL) CEO, Mr David Brown. 

Kruger National Park arrests

Date: 2014-10-08

The South African National Parks (SANParks) announced the arrest of six suspected poachers in the world famous Kruger National Park on Tuesday, the 7th of October 2014.

Unprecedented WESSA Blue Flag results a triumph for coastal conservation during National Marine Week

Date: 2014-10-07

WESSA (the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa) has announced a record 82 Blue Flag sites for South Africa at the national launch of this year’s Blue Flag season held at Thesen Islands Marina in Knysna on the Garden Route today.  The 2014-2015 South African Blue Flag season opens officially on 1 November.

Marine Week in the Garden Route National Park

Date: 2014-10-07

Did you know that a healthy ocean generates half of the oxygen we breathe? 
When visiting a blue flag beach this summer, the expectation is to find a clean, safe and environmentally friendly place. This is the case with beaches and Marinas granted Blue Flag status in and around the Garden Route National Park (GRNP). One is in Wilderness and the other in Nature's Valley and a Blue Flag Marina on Thesen Island in Knysna.

Media Release: SANParks begins implementation of rhino management strategy

Date: 2014-10-02

South African National Parks (SANParks) has begun implementation of a comprehensive rhino management strategy, starting with the relocation and auction of a limited number of white rhinos from the Kruger National Park (KNP). 

How to eat an elephant

Date: 2014-10-02

The Garden Route National Park (GRNP) is not losing the fight against invasive alien species, according to Biodiversity Social Programmes Cluster Manager for the GRNP, Walter Mzimba. Invasive alien species (AIS) are the Southern Cape’s biggest challenge to conservation, as they are a fire hazard and suck up chunks of water. 

Skukuza Safari Lodge: Public participation registration phase

Date: 2014-10-01

Please note that the public registration phase for the proposed Skukuza Safari Lodge has resumed today, 1 October 2014 and will close on 31 October 2014.

Honorary Rangers to help furnish Historical Buildings in the Camdeboo National Park

Date: 2014-10-01

Thought to be about 160 years old, the Winterhoek house and adjacent wagon shed in the Camdeboo National Park are currently being restored to their original condition by the Rupert Historic Homes Foundation. While a number of proposals were put forward as an appropriate use for this site, it has been agreed to restore Winterhoek with a view to managing it in association with the SA College for Tourism, as an up-market visitor lodge. This option fulfills both the cultural heritage and tourism mandates of South African National Parks (SANParks).

Media Release: New acting CEO for SANParks

Date: 2014-10-01

South African National Parks (SANParks) has appointed Dr Nomvuselelo Songelwa as acting CEO.

Skukuza Safari Lodge Public Participation Opens

Date: 2014-09-29

South African National Parks (SANParks) today announced that the Public Participation process for the Skukuza Safari Lodge which is expected to open on 1 October 2014. SANParks invites all members of the public to participate in this process in the interest of transparency. 

Help us count Kruger's Cheetah and African Wild Dogs

Date: 2014-09-25

As part of our ongoing efforts to conserve two of our most threatened carnivores, the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) and the South African National Parks (SANParks) Honorary Rangers are launching the 6th Wild Dog and  4th  Cheetah Photographic Survey on 24 September 2014 in the Kruger National Park. Through this photographic survey, both organisations are giving members of the public the opportunity to become carnivore researchers and stand a chance to win great prizes.  

Media Release: Deputy Minister urges community participation to fight rhino poaching

Date: 2014-09-22

As communities and individuals around the world gathered to mark World Rhino Day, the Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs, Ms Barbara Thomson, has urged all people to take a firm stand against rhino poaching. 

Media Release: Arrest of suspected rhino poaching ringleader and police official welcomed

Date: 2014-09-22

21 September 2014 - The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa, has welcomed the arrest of a suspected rhino poaching ringleader and nine accomplices by the Directorate of Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks). 

Media Release: Free entrants more than triple in Frontier Region parks

Date: 2014-09-22

The number of people who visited the four South African National Parks in the Frontier Region (Addo Elephant, Camdeboo, Karoo and Mountain Zebra National Parks) during its free entry week more than doubled this year, compared to the same period last year.  The ninth annual South African National Parks Week was celebrated from 8 – 12 September, and afforded all South African citizens the opportunity to visit national parks free of charge for a day visit.

20% discount to online bookings at Golden Gate Highlands National Park

Date: 2014-09-22

South African National Parks (SANParks) is offering a special 20% discount on bookings, made online, for accommodation at Golden Gate Hotel & Chalets, Glen Reenen Rest Camp and Basotho Cultural Village in Golden Gate Highlands National Park

Media Release: SANParks arrests three of its own on suspected poaching charges

Date: 2014-09-22

21 September 2014, Skukuza - In a joint South African National Parks (SANParks) and South African Police Services (SAPS) operation today (Sunday, 21 September 2014) three SANParks employees were arrested in connection with rhino poaching in the Kruger National Park. 

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