How can you help protect Kruger National Park?

2017-04-07 06:30 - Kavitha Pillay
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Cape Town - Show your love and commitment to SA's biodiversity and natural heritage by getting involved in Kruger National Park’s management plan review process.

SANParks calls on the community to participate in the Park's review process of the management plan, which is set to roll out in 2018, and anyone with an interest in the Park's well-being is welcome to join the review process. 

SANParks’ vision of “A sustainable National Park system connecting society” supports management of the biodiversity and heritage assets through innovation and best practices, that benefit current and future generations.

William Mabasa, acting head of communications at SANParks, told Traveller24 that "the general public is invited in this review process" and explained that, legally, "every national park must have a management plan that is reviewed every 10 years."

The review process comes after Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa’s opening address at SANParks Tourism Investment Summit on April 4, where she discussed the importance of investment in national parks, and the aim to create opportunities for transformation and economic growth through tourism.

SEE: How SANParks aims to improve on 6m visitors to its 19 parks in 2017

SANParks says it has identified 25 opportunities for private investors to develop and manage accommodation in its parks, together with additional opportunities for activities, restaurants and retail facilities.

Hapiloe Sello, managing executive Tourism Development and Marketing at SANParks, says the accommodation opportunities have been identified for parks, including Kruger National Park. Some of the opportunities in Kruger include an "unfenced tented camp in Nkuhlu, a low impact rustic camp in Parfuri and mobile tented camps and tree house camps".

The Kruger National Park Management Plan being reviewed will provide the framework for the management of the Park within broader land use. "We want to know how people want to see the Park in relation to how it is managed. People in and around the Park have an influence on Kruger National Park one way or another," says Mabasa.

SEE: 5 New Kruger developments you need to know about

How can you get involved?

To be part of the review process, you can provide input through attendance at public meetings, send written inputs, or attend interest group meetings which are scheduled to take place in April, May and June.

For details on public meetings, information about the review process or to register, visit the SANParks website, contact the project manager by e-mailing knpmanagementplan@sanparks.org, or call Dudu Letswele at 013 735 4102 (Monday to Friday during office hours).

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