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Freitag, 7. Juni 2019, 20:09

und das sagt SAN Parks

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South African National Parks stated this morning that the widely reported pride of lions seen recently in the mining area outside Phalaborwa is not a known pride from the Kruger National Park (KNP) or the adjacent private nature reserves. It has been reported that this pride has been residing for more than a year within the Foskor, Phalaborwa Mining Company and direct adjacent areas, moving along the Selati river system. This area outside but adjacent to the KNP also contains elephant, buffalo and other wildlife.

The pride might have established in this area, due to the current availability of prey in these areas, and due to a lack of competition from other lion prides. The lion population within the Greater Kruger is very healthy, growing, and suitable habitats occupied. It would, therefore, be unwise to relocate a lion pride in the territory of an existing pride. The disease status of animals is also a consideration when looking at possible release areas.

KNP GM: Conservation Dr Marisa Coetzee said in a meeting between various parties it was agreed that a capture operation to be coordinated by Limpopo Economic Development, Environment and Tourism (LEDET) will be carried out as per the approved protocols. LEDET is the responsible authority on this matter. “The plan is to capture the pride and move them to a suitable area outside of the KNP and private reserves, where after they will be closely monitored by LEDET.”

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Tel: 013 735 4363, Cell: 083 673 6974
Email: isaac.phaahla@sanparks.org

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Freitag, 7. Juni 2019, 21:25

Ja auch ein grßer Bericht über den Ausbruch der Löwen in der Nähe von Phalaborwa in den südafrikanischen News hier. Ebenso über das Unglück im Staff Camp am Malalane Gate.

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Freitag, 14. Juni 2019, 13:36

KNP to continue demolishing redundant dams

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Kruger National Park (KNP) will continue with the demolition of artificial dams in Shingwedzi and Sirheni, starting on the 18th to the 28th of June 2019. This process has been going on over the years to allow a free flow of fish species in the river.

KNP harbours over 40 fish species and the artificial redundant dams become a hindrance to their migration and livelihood. KNP is the first Park in Africa to demolish dams for ecological purposes. This will also improve river connectivity and natural hydrology in the Park, as well as remove barriers within the river system.

The process will affect some tourist routes in the Shingwedzi and Sirheni area as they will be closed off completely for the next two weeks. The dams to be demolished are Louis se Gat and Kanniedod Dams. SANParks advice tourists in the mentioned areas to respect the no-entry zones and take seriously the necessary instructions that will be given by HSMs.

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Dienstag, 18. Juni 2019, 19:02

University of Pretoria, SANParks and SAHRA sign heritage agreement regarding Mapungubwe Collection

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On 14 June 2019, the University of Pretoria (UP), South African National Parks (SANParks) and the South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA) entered into a heritage agreement regarding the Mapungubwe Collection. The agreement represents the institutions’ continued collective commitment to the collection and their support for maximising wider public access to it. The institutions also agree to collaborate on the realisation of their collective responsibility for the management, safekeeping and promotion of Mapungubwe’s heritage.

The agreement was signed by UP Vice-Chancellor and Principal Professor Tawana Kupe, SANParks CEO Fundisile Mketeni and SAHRA Acting Chief Executive Officer Lungi Malgas.

“The Mapungubwe Collection represents a tangible example of Africa’s rich heritage, culture and economic capacity throughout history,” Prof Kupe said. “The University of Pretoria is proud to be one of the custodians of these remarkable objects, which are national, continental and world treasures.”

The agreement marks a new development in the relationship of these three institutions, which was previously regulated by a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in June 2009. The MoU set out the principles according to which the parties would conduct future discussions and informed the manner in which the institutions entered into this heritage agreement, which reflects a much clearer vision of each institution’s roles, responsibilities and obligations with regard to the Mapungubwe Collection.

Dr Sian Tiley-Nel, who has served as Chief Curator of the Mapungubwe Collection on behalf of UP for almost 20 years, has been technically involved since the very first negotiations, which began back in 2003. She said, "The signing of the heritage agreement on the Mapungubwe Collection is a significant and historical milestone, and assures its continued curation under the responsibility of the UP Museums, as a serious responsibility of what is deemed a national resource.”

The agreement outlines UP’s institutional commitment, as the custodian of the designated collection, to continuing accountable curation and conservation, its educational role to academic communities, research, and making the collection accessible to all civic communities.

“We will continue to curate, preserve and conserve these and other collections so that future generations have the benefit of this knowledge,” Prof Kupe said. “The university’s new master’s degree in Tangible Heritage Conservation aims to produce a new generation of highly skilled professionals who are able to conserve rich cultural heritage from around the world.”

The agreement further defines SANParks’ responsibility in managing the Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape. This includes accountable curation, improved and secure storage, facilitating bona fide research, and continuing to maximise public access as well as closer collaboration with culturally associated communities.

“The signing of the agreement represents a milestone in the journey that SANParks started to improve the management of cultural heritage under its stewardship and ensure that this is done in close co-operation with key role players like UP, SAHRA and communities,” said SANParks CEO Fundisile Mketeni. “The Mapungubwe Kingdom, as evidenced by the collection, remains one of the most important periods in the development and civilisation of the Southern Africa region – a period of great pride to all Africans.”

Finally, the agreement acknowledges the obligations of SAHRA as the national heritage authority mandated to coordinate the identification and management of the National Estate of South Africa. This includes monitoring co-operation pertaining to the Mapungubwe Collection in terms of the National Heritage Resources Act No 25 of 1999.

“The specifically declared Mapungubwe Collection is one of the most important collections in South Africa that forms part of the National Estate, because it offers insight into trade between 1000 AD and 1300 AD,” SAHRA Acting Chief Executive Officer Lungisa Malgas said. “SAHRA appreciates that after 10 years of engagement UP, SANParks and SAHRA have reached an agreement about the management and conservation of this significant collection. SAHRA will fulfil its obligations to ensure that the collection is enjoyed by many generations to come.”

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Enquiries:
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Tel: 012 426 5203; Cell: 073 373 4999
Email: rey.thakhuli@sanparks.org

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Email: thamie.mthembu@up.ac.za
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Sonntag, 30. Juni 2019, 10:24

Possible Withdrawal of Labour by KNP Staff

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Possible Withdrawal of Labour by KNP Staff

South African National Parks – Kruger National Park (KNP) wishes to advice guests of the possible withdrawal of labour by staff on Sunday, 30 June 2019. The organization has been reliably informed that this withdrawal of labour will be limited to Sundays and public holidays due to a labour dispute. KNP management is in talks with labour representatives to resolve issues of concern.

The gates to be possibly affected are Phalaborwa Gate, Paul Kruger Gate, Phabeni Gate, Numbi Gate, Malelane Gate and Crocodile Bridge Gate.

KNP Managing Executive, Mr Glenn Philips has ensured guests that this labour dispute will be resolved as soon as possible and security and contingency measures have been put in place to ensure that guests are not inconvenienced. He is urging visitors not to cancel their bookings that have already been confirmed.
“We wish to apologize for this unfortunate situation and any inconvenience it may cause as SANParks continues to seek a speedy resolution to the matter. There will be limited services provided to guests and management is working to normalize the situation irrespective of the withdrawal of labour by staff in the park. The Hospitality Services Managers at various camps will be available at all times to deal with guests requests and to ensure that they have a good experience of the KNP.”
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Dienstag, 2. Juli 2019, 04:49

Prescribed burning in Table Mountain National Park

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Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) Fire Management Department together with NCC Environmental Services and Working on Fire, is in the process of conducting biodiversity burns in multiple areas across TMNP.

These prescribed and multiple stack burns will take place between June and July under favourable weather conditions, i.e. temperatures under 25°C, moderate winds of less than 20km/hr and 2-3 days after light rain has fallen.

TMNP management appreciates that such burning is a source of concern for many Cape Town residents, however, it must be stated that wildfires could possibly occur if the area is not maintained and an uncontrolled fire or wildfire could pose a huge risk to life and property on the urban edge. The removal of dry flammable material by means of a prescribed burn will reduce the likelihood of future uncontrolled wildfires.

Fynbos vegetation is both fire-prone and fire-adapted and the use of fire forms an integral part of the ecological management of the park. TMNP Fire Management Department together with the SANParks Cape Research Centre has developed a scientific Prescribed Burning Plan for the entire park – this plan determines and prioritizes areas for prescribed burning, taking into consideration veld age, rare and endangered species, alien clearing etc. (biodiversity as well as protection of properties).

The reasons for conducting prescribed burns in fynbos vegetation are:

To reduce fire hazards by reducing the unnecessary “fuel” accumulated in the field as a result of Alien Plant Clearing operations.
To rejuvenate the fire-adapted and fire-dependent fynbos vegetation.
To form an essential part of control operations aimed at eliminating invasive alien plants.
Weather-permitting, TMNP is planning to undertake prescribed burning at:

  • Cape Point (including Pheiffer and Jupiter Street in Ocean View)
  • Tokai Plantation
  • Cecilia (Close to Kirstenbosch)
  • Newlands
  • Schotekloof (Cape Town)
  • Twelve Apostle Battery,
  • Karbonkelberg
  • Constantia Nek
  • Kloofnekbos

Residents in the adjoining areas of the park should be assured that Park management will do their best to minimize any possible inconvenience to adjacent households during the preparatory work and burning operations. Where adjacent properties to the park may be affected by a prescribed burn, Park management will make an effort to inform such landowners and residents in good time of the intent to carry out a burn.

When the burn occurs, surrounding residents are advised to please keep their windows shut while burning takes place. Flammable items such as gas canisters should be removed from outside areas and laundry should be taken off washing lines to prevent odour contamination from the smoke.

Please note that Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) has obtained a burning permit through the City of Cape Town, and all relevant parties have and will be informed when burns take place.

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Landline: 021 659 1700
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Mittwoch, 10. Juli 2019, 10:36

Kruger Gate inaccessible due to protests

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Guests travelling to and from the Kruger National Park are hereby advised that Kruger Gate is inaccessible due to protests, today, 10 July 2019. The protests are taking place at Cork Trust, on the R536 road, leading to Kruger Gate.

Guests entering and exiting the Park should please make use of alternative gates such as Phabeni- and Numbi Gates, until further notice.
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Montag, 15. Juli 2019, 17:16

Shot hole borer (Familie der Borkenkäfer) in the Garden Route National Park absent and unconfirmed in most areas for now

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Forest ecologists from SANParks’ Garden Route National Park are breathing a sigh of relief that for now, early observations are showing that the Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer (PSHB) seems absent in most parts of the indigenous forest areas. But this does not mean we should not be on the lookout for this pest.

PSHB is a beetle that attacks trees. They don’t kill the tree but they leave a fungus inside the circulatory system which effectively blocks nutrients and water from reaching parts of the tree. This leads to branch dieback and ultimately the tree’s death.

Graham Durrheim, forest ecologist for South African National Parks (SANParks) says sites visited by Professor Francois Roets from Stellenbosch University for a survey of PSHB were both outside and inside the National Park. He also visited the George Botanical Gardens, Knysna Pledge Nature Reserve, Forever Resort and Kat Rivier.

Durrheim says ‘we can confirm PSHB is absent at the Tsitsikamma Big tree, Diepwalle, Stormsriver, Natures Valley and Garden of Eden.’ He adds ‘identifying the Polyphagous shot hole beetle (PSHB) is difficult. It is also quite possible that several of the reports in other areas in the Garden Route could be of indigenous borer beetle species.’

Experts from the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI), from the University of Pretoria have also visited the Garden Route and have more information regarding urban areas.

PSHB infestations are most likely to be found at sites that are accessible to the public, particularly where they could have been introduced by infested firewood, in spots such as picnic sites, rest camps and along access roads. Following a recent PSHB provincial task team meeting in Cape Town, it appears that when the final control requirements, which are being finalised, are gazetted, there may be a requirement that protected areas prohibit the entry of firewood to prevent possible infestation. A national reporting hub is in the process of being set up which will be able to receive reports of the beetle going forward. But for now, we are relying on local reporting lines.

Members of the public in the Garden Route are requested to report possible infestations to SANParks, as well as any information on where the PSHB does not appear to occur. ‘This will help us carry out a more comprehensive survey of the current extent should it occur inside the National Park.’

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