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Crackdown on environmental crimes

Date: 2015-01-30

"Between April 2014 and October 2014, 85 people were fined and five arrested for environmental crimes related to the Knysna estuary.  There were seven court appearances and 23 warrants of arrests", according to Owen Govender, Senior Section Ranger, Knysna, Garden Route National Park (GRNP).  

"Wetlands for our future" - Join Us

Date: 2015-01-30

Next Monday, 2 February 2015, marks World Wetlands Day. 

Media Release: Camdeboo buffaloes presumed back in their natural habitat

Date: 2015-01-30

The whereabouts of the two buffaloes spotted along Mountain Drive towards the end of last year is still unknown, although it is possible that they could have returned to their natural habitat.  The pair has not been seen since rangers lost track of them in the thick reeds and bushes along the Sundays River the day after they were first sighted. Local resident, Susan Edwardes, first spotted the animals while walking with her dogs along Mountain Drive on 31 December.   

Cape of Good Hope water line upgrade commences

Date: 2015-01-27

21 January 2015: Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) would like to inform visitors of the upcoming infrastructure projects in the Cape of Good Hope (CoGH) section of the Park. 

Oranjemund Private School's prefects visit the |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park

Date: 2015-01-26

Oranjemund Private School’s learner leaders (from the Primary School’s section) had the privilege to visit the Ai-Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier Park from 16 - 18 January 2015.

Sea lettuce in Knysna estuary not toilet paper

Date: 2015-01-14

Following complaints from citizens that toilet paper was seen floating in the estuary, Professor Brian Allanson (‘Prof’) of the Knysna Basin Project reported on the cause of the evident sea lettuce/ macro-algae to the Knysna Pollution Action Committee (SANParks, Knysna Municipality, Eden District Municipality and the Knysna Basin Project).  

Maintenance of the Tsitsikamma main suspension bridge starts 12 January 2015

Date: 2015-01-08

Kindly note that maintenance work on the main suspension bridge in the Storms River Mouth Rest Camp will commence on 12 January 2015. 

40% discount on selected Wilderness Trails in the Kruger National Park

Date: 2015-01-08

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. 

Media Release: Poaching suspects arressted in Kruger National Park

Date: 2014-12-12

South African National Parks today (Friday, 12 December) announced the arrests and fatalities of suspected poachers in the Kruger National Park (KNP) in the past week.

Media Release: Have a glass of "Rhino Tears Wine" to support rhino conservation within our national parks

Date: 2014-12-12

The South African National Parks (SANParks) Honorary Rangers launched a new range of wine, in partnership with the Unite Against Poaching Trust and Mount Vernon Wines, “Rhino Tears Wine” to support conservation efforts within our National Parks to protect our rhino. 

Media Release: SANParks Honorary Rangers and Imperial Logistics deliver Christmas parcels to KNP Ranger Corps

Date: 2014-12-12

The South African National Parks (SANParks) Honorary Rangers and Imperial Retail Logistics handed out Christmas hampers to the Kruger National Park Rangers Corps and their families. This donation which is valued R750 000 is a token of appreciation for the hard work demonstrated by the Kruger National Park rangers, especially in the fight against the rhino poaching scourge.

Lovelife Ground Breakers integrate conservation values in training

Date: 2014-12-12

Mokala National Park – People and Conservation Department and Love Life joined forces to present a jam-packed and informative session to a group of facilitators in training.

Media Release: KNP gate quotas in force during the 2014 Festive Season

Date: 2014-12-12

With the festive season around the corner, the Kruger National Park (KNP) would like to remind Day Visitors about the gate quotas when planning their holiday.

Annual Birding Weekend in Golden Gate Highlands National Park takes place in February 2015

Date: 2014-12-11

Registrations are now open for birders to participate in the Sasol Golden Gate annual birding weekend which takes place from 6-8 February 2015. This event organised by the Free State Region of the Honorary Rangers, raises funds for SANParks conservation projects within Golden Gate Highlands National Park.  

The Kumba Marakele Marathon

Date: 2014-12-10

The Kumba Marakele Marathon presented by Kumba Iron Ore and the Marakele National Park on Saturday, 7 March 2015.

Media Release: New chalets launched at Agulhas National Park

Date: 2014-12-08

SANParks has launched seven brand new chalets in the Agulhas National Park, on Friday, 5 December 2014. This is in addition to eight chalets built initially, bringing the total tourist accommodation offering in the Agulhas National Park Rest Camp to 51 beds.

Online survey: Evaluation of unguided overnight hiking trails 2014

Date: 2015-01-15

We would hereby like to invite you to participate in an online survey to determine the needs and requirements of hikers.

Media Release: Staff member's son killed by a crocodile

Date: 2014-12-04

Kruger National Park (KNP) can confirm that a crocodile killed a staff member’s son, Jacques van der Sandt aged 29, last night (3 December 2014) at the Skukuza Golf Course, situated adjacent to the Staff Village. Jacques is son to Schalk (retired) and staff member Lorretha van der Sandt; the couple has been working in the Park since 1992. 

Wild Card Call Centre: Operating hours for the 2014/2015 Festive Season

Date: 2014-12-04

The operating times for the Wild Card Call Centre during the December 2014 / January 2015 Festive Season.

Media Release: Newly appointed contractor wins award

Date: 2014-12-04

Credit was given were credit was due at the Augrabies Falls National Park Annual Awards Ceremony held on 29 November 2014.  The newly appointed Working for Ecosystems Contractor, Richard Rodney Roman from Riemvasmaak was awarded the Best Contractor of the Year.  

Media Release: SANParks Fundraiser dismissed following disciplinary hearing

Date: 2014-12-03

South African National Parks (SANParks) today announced that disciplinary proceedings relating to the Senior General Manager Fundraising, Mr Bryn Pyne James, have been concluded and that Mr Pyne James has been summarily dismissed with effect from 2 December, 2014.

Media Release: Second prestigious award in a row for Addo's Main Camp

Date: 2014-12-02

Addo Elephant National Park won the SANParks Chief Executive Award in the category:  Best Performing Camp for its Main Camp, for the second year in a row at the 10th annual Kudu Awards ceremony in Johannesburg last week (Thursday 27 November).

Media Release: Social Development work pays off

Date: 2014-12-02

When it comes to social development within South African National Parks (SANParks), one of the finest examples to look at is Social Development Co-ordinator for Biodiversity Social Projects (BSP), Zukiswa Masela.  Her impeccable work, innovations and achievements in this field were honoured at the organisation’s Kudu Awards ceremony in Johannesburg last week (Thursday 27 November).

Media Release: National praise for Camdeboo's Janine

Date: 2014-12-02

They say first impressions count, and this certainly is the case at Camdeboo National Park.  One of the park’s Receptionists, Janine Masimela, was acknowledged last week (Thursday 27 November) for her outstanding work in customer service at this year’s South African National Parks (SANParks) Kudu Awards ceremony in Gallagher Estate, Johannesburg.

Media Release: New Sunset Drives offered at Mountain Zebra National Park

Date: 2014-12-02

Guests to Mountain Zebra National Park (MZNP) can now enjoy the spectacular colour display as the Karoo sky changes from day to night on the newly-introduced sunset game drive.

Media Release: KNP to close more artificial water holes

Date: 2014-12-01

The Kruger National Park (KNP) will demolish three artificial water holes in the southern part of the Park in the week of 8-12 December 2014. Explosives will be used to demolish these structures; after which the rubble will be removed as part of the rehabilitation process. 

Media Release: SANParks Honorary Rangers awarded with two prestigious Kudu Awards

Date: 2014-12-01

At the 10th annual Kudu Awards ceremony, held recently at Gallagher Convention Centre Estates in Johannesburg, the SANParks Honorary Rangers were presented with two prestigious Kudu Awards. The awards showcased excellence in the conservation industry from individuals and corporates alike. 

SANParks Times December 2014 edition out now

Date: 2014-12-01

The SANParks Times summer edition is out! 

Media Release: Minister of Environmental Affairs and SANParks mourn the loss of Dr Ian Player

Date: 2014-12-01

30 November 2014 - “The loss of Dr Ian Player is felt by all in the conservation community.  His contribution to the preservation of our natural world and his leadership in saving the rhino from extinction in South Africa are achievements that cannot be beaten,” says the Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa. 

Media Release: SANParks announces successful completion of 1st phase of rhino translocation

Date: 2014-11-27

Following a meeting of the Board of South African National Parks (SANParks), held on Wednesday, 26th November 2014, SANParks has announced the successful completion of the first phase of the Strategic Rhino Translocation Programme. 

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