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Freitag, 28. Februar 2020, 13:46

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Montag, 16. März 2020, 16:55

SANParks responds to COVID 19 pandemic as it hits closer to home

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16 March 2020

South African National Parks (SANParks) has been working on measures to combat the spread of the COVID 19 epidemic (caused by the novel corona virus, SARS-CV2) in line with the actions announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa last night (Sunday, 15 March 2020).

SANParks, CEO, Fundisile Mketeni said as we all face this unprecedented and unpredictable situation, SANParks would like to assure all its staff and visitors that their health and wellbeing is of critical importance. “It is for this reason that we are introducing measures to enhance hygiene protocols in accordance with the World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines.”

“We are taking extra measures to enhance cleaning and hygiene protocols in all our parks. Furthermore, we are working closely with a team of experts from the health and tourism sector to assess and guide interventions of a daily basis.”

He further indicated that he understood the level of uncertainty and anxiety associated with international travel, but wanted to assure the South African public that our national Parks will remain open due this time and will be taking necessary precaution to ensure visitor and staff safety.

“In these trying times, it should also come as some relief to people weary from disease outbreak concerns, that National Parks with its wide-open spaces, low-density tourist numbers, self-drive and self-catering accommodation options, is still able to provide excellent opportunities for isolation, rest and relaxation.”

However, should travellers still be concerned about their vacation plans to SANParks, we would rather encourage visitors to consider postponement to a later stage. SANParks has reviewed its reservations policy to accommodate its valued guests and are happy to announce that all amendments and postponements will not be penalised or charged extra fees (T&Cs apply).I n instances where the traveller may not have a fixed date for the postponed booking, they should contact the call centre at reservations@sanparks.org. Cancellations will however be subjected to the standard cancellation terms and conditions.

SANParks takes note of the closure of certain ports of entry. “It is against this background that SANParks would advise travelers intending to enter/exit our parks through the following border posts: Alexandra Bay near and Sendelingsdrift in Richtersveld National Park, Tweerivieren in Kgalagadi National Park as well as Pafuri and Giriyondo border posts in the Kruger National Park, that those border gates will be closed for entry. This is in line with government’s strategy to mitigate the impact of COVID 19.” Mketeni said.

We urge travellers who elect to proceed with their travel plans, to assist us to mitigate the spread of the disease by practicing good hygiene & social distancing principles and that we are more than happy to accommodate them in our National Parks, concluded Mketeni.

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Mittwoch, 18. März 2020, 09:22

SANParks Clarifies Kgalagadi Border Closure Matter

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Following the announcement of the closure of certain port of entries between South African and our neighbouring countries to mitigate the impact of COVID 19 (corona virus) spread; South African National Parks (SANParks) would like to clarify that the Twee Rivieren Entrance Gate is still open and will remain open for visitors to Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. It is only the border post that is closed.

According to SANParks, only emigration is closed at Twee Rivieren… “meaning travellers cannot enter the Park and exit to Namibia at Mata Mata or exit into Botswana through one of their gates. However you can still enter the Park and exit the park at Twee Rivieren.”


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Dear Clients of SANParks, we are dealing with not only an unprecedented situation but one that is fluid and unpredictable. Following additional advice from key government departments, it is with regret that we have to make a major amendment to decisions made earlier today regarding the closure of our tourism facilities.

All tourism facilities in SANParks will be closed from tomorrow Wednesday 25th March and not Thursday 26th.

Guests will not be allowed to enter any national park whether as day or overnight visitors from Wednesday 25th until further notice.

Secondly, all guests from high-risk countries currently resident in the parks are instructed NOT to leave the parks. All such guests have been identified and staff on the ground will provide them with support and further information regarding their travel arrangements as well as facilitate contact with their embassies.

We have requested our staff to exercise outmost compassion and respect towards our guests to get us all through this crisis. We urge you to cooperate with our staff as we navigate these uncharted waters.

If you can, we urge you to postpone rather than cancel the balance of your stay, we would like to see you back in our parks in the near future.

Stay safe, stay locked down and help flatten the curve.
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Mittwoch, 25. März 2020, 12:24

SANParks Closes All Tourism Facilities in Support of National Lockdown

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South African National Parks (SANParks) announced its decision to close all its tourism facilities to the public with effect from today Wednesday, 25 March 2020 in support of the nation-wide lockdown for 21 days to combat the spread of the COVID 19 (coronavirus) epidemic as declared by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday, 23 March 2020.

SANParks CEO, Fundisile Mketeni said as we all face this unprecedented and unpredictable situation. “We would like to assure our staff and visitors that their health and wellbeing is of critical importance. We, therefore, request that all overnight guests vacate the parks today, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 and ensure they have adequate time to return to their homes by the lockdown time of midnight on Thursday, 26 March 2020. Day visitors will also not be permitted to enter the parks from today.’

He said guests from high-risk countries currently resident in the parks who arrived in the country before March 9 are instructed NOT to leave the parks. “All such guests have been identified and staff on the ground will provide them with support and further information regarding their travel arrangements as well as facilitate contact with their embassies.”

According to Mketeni SANParks has reviewed its reservations policy to accommodate its valued guests and are happy to announce that all amendments and postponements will not be penalised or charged extra fees (T&Cs apply). “It is for this reason that we request guests whose trips have been cut short or those who cannot make their SANParks bookings due to the lockdown to rather consider postponement to a later stage instead of cancellations.”

He said in instances where the traveller may not have a fixed date for the postponed booking, they should contact the call centre at reservations@sanparks.org. Cancellations will, however, be subjected to the standard cancellation terms and conditions.

SANParks would like to assure the public that essential services such as food delivery, fuel provision, security and emergency services as well as wildlife crime operations will continue during this time. “We would like to thank the public for their on-going support in line with government’s strategy to mitigate the impact of COVID 19, we all have an obligation to flatten the curve,” Mketeni concluded.

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Freitag, 27. März 2020, 10:41

One Positive COVID 19 Case Recorded In KNP

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27 March 2020

South African National Parks (SANParks) confirms that one French tourist that arrived in the Kruger National Park (KNP), tested positive to the novel COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

According to SANParks, the tourist was part of a group of six who had booked a two-night stay in the national park. The group arrived in the country on 14 March 2020 and entered the KNP three days later on 17 March departing on 19 March 2020.

Before leaving the KNP one of the tourists, a 25-year-old male, consulted the resident medical doctor in the Park for what was initially suspected to be a malaria infection but later ruled out. The tourist was advised by the Doctor to undergo a COVID-19 test as he complained about a sore throat and had a slight fever (37,3c).

The test was done as per the National Department of Health (NDoH) regulations by the KNP Doctor with the details of the group obtained for easy tracing. After the test, the group left for KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), where they were traced and attended to by the NDoH personnel in KZN. NDoH has confirmed that the five members of the group have now placed themselves in self-isolation and the patient admitted to a designated health facility in KZN.

Following the release of the tourist results, officials from DoH in Mpumalanga visited Skukuza to track down staff who may have had contact with this group. All possible contacts were speedily identified.

According to NDoH protocols, the identified staff will be closely monitored for the mandatory 14 days from the date of exposure, and will immediately be taken for testing if they show any of the symptoms conforming to the COVID-19 case definition.

Staff have very limited contact with visitors and all staff in national parks follow clear sanitizing protocols as per SANParks approved Standard Operating Procedures as prescribed by the World Health Organisation and NDoH guidelines. We believe that if staff strictly follow these safety protocols, the chances of staff contracting the disease are very low. SANParks will, however, continue to monitor all staff closely and continuously adapt their visitor management and sanitizing SOP’s as this situation unfolds.

All national parks remain closed in adherence to the nationwide lockdown.

All enquiries about people that tested positive for COVID-19 should be directed to the NDoH as they are the only authority permitted to comment on the issue.

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Donnerstag, 23. April 2020, 11:29

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Montag, 27. April 2020, 14:38

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The Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, Ms Barbara Creecy, today led a SANParks initiative to distribute food parcels and water tanks to vulnerable communities bordering the Kruger National Park in both Limpopo and Mpumalanga.

Because of the national COVID-19 lockdown, tourism, which is the main source of income for these communities, has dried up. This has affected the well-being of the families reliant on tourism for an income. That is why we decided to try and make their lives a little easier in these trying times, said the Minister.

Most national parks, if not all, are situated in rural areas affected by poverty, unemployment and a range of other socio-economic problems. These communities rely on the national parks for their survival, either through jobs or business opportunities.

This period requires all of us to join hands to assist the most vulnerable members of society in our country, the Minister said.

Funding for the initiative, which is being extended to communities bordering national parks countrywide, has been sourced from the South African National Parks (SANParks) Honorary Rangers and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

A total of R6 million will be used to purchase food parcels, hygiene products, education materials and water tanks. A total of 7 500 families will be supported nationally.

The Minister, supported by SANParks CEO, Mr Fundisile Mketeni and senior SANParks officials, handed out the much-needed support to members of the Mdluli and MahauleTraditional Authorities, and Mnisi Traditional Authority and Amashangana Tribal Authority in Mpumalanga, and the Gidjani and Bevhula Traditional Authorities in Limpopo.

The 1 500 parcels included a bar of soap, cleaning detergents, masks and groceries. The 80 water tanks have been installed in the most water-stressed villages within these traditional authorities.

We will ensure that these donations benefit families that have been identified as vulnerable during this unprecedented time, said Creecy. We are aware that children, unemployed women and old people living with small children head some of the families. It's important that as we hand over these much-needed food parcels, we ensure that help is provided directly where it is needed most.

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30 April 2020

The Deputy Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Ms Makhotso Sotyu today delivered food hampers to 250 households living in areas adjacent to the Golden Gate Highlands National Park in the Free State.

We felt that it is very important to look after these communities in this time of distress as they are unable to generate income using normal ways. We also encourage everyone around here to continue following the National Disaster Management regulations and take all the necessary precautions, says Deputy Minister Sotyu.

The impact of the lockdown on the tourism and hospitality industry, in general, has also affected national Parks which has also resulted in huge losses in income for the many families reliant on tourism and related activities.

The donation is part of the South African National Parks response to Covid-19, through which a total of R6 million will be used to purchase food parcels, hygiene products, education materials and water tanks. A total of 7 500 families will be supported nationally.

Funding for the initiative, which is being extended to communities bordering national parks countrywide, has been sourced from the SANParks Honorary Rangers and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Most national parks, if not all, are situated in rural areas affected by poverty, unemployment and a range of other socio-economic problems. These communities rely on the national parks for their survival, either through jobs or business opportunities.

The Deputy Minister was accompanied by the Free State MEC for Economic and Small Business Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs Mr Makalo Mohale.

On the 24th April, Minister Barbara Creecy led a similar initiative of the distribution of food parcels and water tanks to vulnerable communities bordering the Kruger National Park in both Limpopo and Mpumalanga.

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Email: rey.thakhuli@sanparks.org

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Donnerstag, 30. April 2020, 11:31

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Sonntag, 3. Mai 2020, 10:27

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South African National Parks (SANParks) understand that the public miss their national parks, unfortunately, national parks remain closed despite the downgrading of lockdown restrictions to level 4.

Access by all members of the public to the national parks, therefore, continues to be prohibited notwithstanding the terms of Regulation 24 of the Disaster Management Act, which allow for walking, running or cycling between the morning hours of 6 am to 9 am within a 5km radius of your place of residence.
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Dienstag, 5. Mai 2020, 18:13

SANParks CEO and Eastern Cape MEC for Finance, Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism deliver food and sanitary hampers to communities in Eastern Cape

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The CEO of South African National Parks (SANParks), Fundisile Mketeni and the Eastern Cape MEC for Finance, Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Mlungisi Mvoko, today started delivery of food parcels and hygiene products to 300 households living in areas adjacent to Addo Elephant National Park in the Eastern Cape.

From here, they also dispatched a further 800 hampers destined for communities around the other national parks in the region Camdeboo, Karoo and Mountain Zebra National Parks as well as the Garden Route National Parks Tsitsikamma, Knysna and Wilderness areas. They were joined by Sundays River Valley Municipality Mayor, Nombulelo Bixa and Speaker, Simphiwe Rune.

The 300 hampers will be distributed between 10 different communities bordering the different sections of Addo Elephant National Park from Alexandria along the Eastern Cape coast to Waterford along the Parks northernmost boundary, during the course of this week.

The impact of the lockdown on the tourism and hospitality industry, in general, has also affected national parks, which in turn has resulted in huge losses in income for the many families reliant on tourism and related activities.

Mketeni said, National parks are not about animals only. Our staff and our neighbours make up a big portion of who we are and what we stand for. We, therefore, saw it fit to come on board when the government asked if the entire nation could join hands. We all know our parks are situated in highly depressed areas and we as SANParks need to do what we can to assist. We know it is not enough, but it's a small contribution and we will continue to fundraise even hereafter.

The donation is part of the South African National Parks response to Covid-19, through which a total of R6 million will be used to purchase food parcels, hygiene products, education materials and water tanks. A total of 7 500 families will be supported nationally.

Funding for the initiative, which is being extended to communities bordering national parks countrywide, has been sourced from the SANParks Honorary Rangers and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all SANParks employees for staying home, for staying safe and for exercising patience during this trying period for our country. An even bigger thanks need to be extended to our staff who have been working from home where needed in support services and those who had to stay behind in our parks and ensure the safety and security of our fauna and flora, he concluded.

On the 24th April, Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, Barbara Creecy, led a similar initiative of the distribution of food parcels and water tanks to vulnerable communities bordering the Kruger National Park in both Limpopo and Mpumalanga. Last week on the 30th April, her Deputy Minister, Makhotso Soyu, delivered food hampers to 250 households living in areas adjacent to Golden Gate Highlands National Park in the Free State.

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Freitag, 22. Mai 2020, 15:05

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19 May 2020

South African National Parks (SANParks) CEO Fundisile Mketeni today led a SANParks initiative to distribute food parcels and water tanks to vulnerable communities bordering Marakele National Park in Limpopo.

Because of the national Covid-19 lockdown, tourism, which is the main source of income for these communities, has dried up. This has affected the well-being of the families reliant on our national parks for an income. That is why we decided to try and make their lives a little easier in these trying times, said Mketeni.

Most national parks, if not all, are situated in rural areas affected by poverty, unemployment and a range of other socio-economic problems. These communities rely on the national parks for their survival, either through jobs or business opportunities. This period requires all of us to join hands to assist the most vulnerable members of society in our country, Mketeni said.

Funding for the initiative, which is being extended to communities bordering national parks countrywide, has been sourced from SANParks, the SANParks Honorary Rangers and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

A total of R13 million will be used to purchase food parcels, hygiene products, education materials and water tanks. A total of 7 500 families will be supported nationally. Mketeni and senior officials from Thabazimbi Local Municipality handed out the much-needed support to the community of Thabazimbi.

The 150 parcels included a bar of soap, cleaning detergents, masks and groceries. We will ensure that these donations benefit families that have been identified as vulnerable during this unprecedented time, said Mketeni. We are aware that children, unemployed women and old people living with small children head some of the families. Its important that as we hand over these much-needed food parcels, we ensure that help is provided directly where it is needed most.

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The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries and South African National Parks

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Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries
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SANParks Acting Head of Communications
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21 May 2020

South African National Parks (SANParks) in the Cape Region led a SANParks initiative to distribute more than 550 food parcels to vulnerable communities bordering Agulhas, Bontebok, Table Mountain, Tankwa Karoo, and West Coast National Park in the Western Cape.

Because of the national Covid-19 lockdown, tourism, which is the main source of income for these communities, has dried up. This has affected the well-being of the families reliant on our national parks for an income. That is why we decided to try and make their lives a little easier in these trying times, said South African National Parks (SANParks) CEO Fundisile Mketeni.

Most national parks, if not all, are situated in rural areas affected by poverty, unemployment and a range of other socio-economic problems. These communities rely on the national parks for their survival, either through jobs or business opportunities.

In the coming weeks, the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF) in conjunction with SANParks will lead similar initiatives of the distribution of food parcels and water tanks to vulnerable communities bordering national Parks countrywide. Funding for the initiative has been sourced from SANParks, the SANParks Honorary Rangers and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

A total of R13 million will be used to purchase food parcels, hygiene products, education materials and water tanks. A total of 7 500 families will be supported nationally.

The distribution of food parcels to communities in the Western Cape, which included a bar of soap, cleaning detergents, meat, masks and groceries, could not have been done without the help of various stakeholders at a local level around the national parks.

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Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries
Head of Communications
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SANParks Acting Head of Communications
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Email: rey.thakhuli@sanparks.org


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22 May 2020

In response to the international pandemic, Covid-19, South African National Parks (SANParks) has heeded the call of government and took an initiative to distribute food parcels and hygiene products to most destitute families bordering Mapungubwe National Park in Limpopo.

Reuben Ngwenya, Regional General Manager of the Northern Region said, We are handing over parcels to 150 families in the Musina local municipality and the neighbouring Den Staat farm that is home to the decedents of Mapungubwe.

Ngwenya adds the pandemic has caused a negative impact on tourism and hospitality in general. Our national parks are situated in rural areas, adjacent to communities that are greatly affected by poverty, unemployment and a range of other socio-economic problems. These communities rely on the national parks for their survival, either through jobs and/or business opportunities.

The 150 parcels included a bar of soap, cleaning detergents, masks and groceries.

A total of R13 million has been used to purchase food parcels, hygiene products, education materials and water tanks. A total of 7 500 families will be supported nationally. Funding for the initiative, which is being extended to communities bordering national parks countrywide, has been sourced from SANParks, the SANParks Honorary Rangers and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

South African citizens have been avid visitors to our national parks and this is our way of taking the national parks to our people. The organization is aware of the crisis at hand and therefore, will try to use all efforts to meet our people at their point of need says Ngwenya.

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Albi Modise
Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries
Head of Communications
083 490 2871

Reynold Thakhuli
SANParks Acting Head of Communications
073 373 4999
Email: rey.thakhuli@sanparks.org
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25 May 2020

South African National Parks (SANParks) together with the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF) distributed food parcels and donated water tanks to the Mahumani community near Giyani in Limpopo as part of its COVID-19 response initiative.

SANParks CEO, Fundisile Mketeni said tourism is the main source of income for most communities living adjacent to the national parks and with the arrival of COVID-19, the income has dried up. That is why we decided to try and make their lives a little easier in these trying times, said Mketeni.

Most national parks are situated in rural areas affected by poverty, unemployment and a range of other socio-economic problems. These communities rely on the national parks for their survival, either through jobs or business opportunities.

The Mahumani Community, on the border of the Kruger National Park consists of 7 villages and this initiative assisted 300 families with food parcels and 16 water tanks. Funding for the SANParks COVID-19 relief initiative, which is being extended to communities bordering national parks countrywide, has been sourced from SANParks, the SANParks Honorary Rangers and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Talking at the handover event, Chief Aaron Mahumani said this gesture from SANParks speaks louder than words, we are grateful that our people will not go to bed without anything in their stomachs. Poverty is real in the rural areas as most people are unable to move to the faraway towns and cities where job opportunity are somehow possible and they are back home with no hope this gesture to the 300 families in Mahumani Village is highly appreciated.

A total of R13 million has been used to purchase food parcels, hygiene products, education materials and water tanks. A total of almost 8 000 families have been supported nationally. Mketeni concluded by saying that SANParks is an organisation that cares and therefore we feel the need to help our neighbours around the country. During these uncertain times, we as a country need to stand together and assist where we can and when we can.

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Not all national parks will open tomorrow (heute 1.6. Level 3)

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31 May 2020

SANParks would like to announce that only its open-access national parks namely Golden Gate Highlands-, parts of Garden Route- and Table Mountain National Park with the exception of Boulders Beach and Cape Point will allow access to visitors from Monday, 1 June 2020.

The Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries will release a statement in due course regarding the opening of the other parks.

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Dienstag, 2. Juni 2020, 10:41

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01 June 2020

Hunting, self-drive visits to private or public game reserves and national parks, as well as recreational fishing are among the activities the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries has included in the directions under the Covid-19 Lockdown Level 3.

The directions that guide marine and freshwater fisheries, forestry and biodiversity sectors, and permitting under Covid-19 National Lockdown Alert Level 3 are published in terms of the Disaster Management Regulations published under Government Notice No. R.480 in Government Gazette No. 43258 of 29 April 2020 as amended.

All fishing, including recreational fishing, is permitted with the exception of charter fishing, said Minister Creecy.

Fishers must ensure that they have a valid permit. All regulations relating to social distancing, health protocols, movement and the prohibition of groups and gatherings apply.

Wildlife auctions can take place online. Live auctions comprising not more than 50 people may be held, where online auctions are not possible.

Subsistence hunting for food with the necessary permits is permitted.

Self-drive excursions in public and private game reserves are permitted. SANParks will publish a list of access-controlled parks that will be opened to visitors in the coming days. Visitors to national parks are advised to book and pay online before going on a game drive.

The iSimangaliso Wetland Park will, as of today, be getting the park ready for visitors. Besides staff returning to work, deep cleaning of the offices and public facilities have started. Additional work will be done by rangers and conservationists, including cutting back of trees and removing logs from roads.

Once compliance requirements are met and the Park has been declared safe for visitors, the public will be given seven days notice of its reopening for self-drive excursions.

While we understand that many nature lovers are keen to get back to our national parks and game reserves, it would be prudent to wait until the relevant authorities are comfortable with their state of preparedness to welcome visitors, said Minister Creecy.

All the usual protocols with regard to social distancing, hand-sanitising and wearing of masks will apply at all times she added.

The import and export of live or dead plant or animal specimens or products will be allowed subject to directions issued by the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition.

The directions also deal with the processing of applications for Environmental Authorisations required in terms of the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA), as well as the handling of applications for waste management licences, permits linked to the export of waste tyres, and applications for Atmospheric Emission Licences in terms of the Air Quality Act. Appeals lodged in terms of NEMA will be dealt with.

In terms of activities that can still not be resumed under Alert Level 3, further leeway has been granted on the timeframes for permits that had already been extended at the end of March. The extension is now granted until further notice. However, where pending permitting processes now resume, the relevant prescribed timeframes that applied on 27 March 2020 has been extended by an additional 21 days.

Authorisations for the export of waste tyres which expired between 27 March 2020 and the date of publication of these Directions remain valid subject to new applications being submitted within 60 days from the date of publication of these Directions.

The applications and appeals mentioned will be processed by the responsible authorities from the date of publication of the directions. Further details on how to access the service, and submit applications and appeals, will be provided in the Annexures to the Alert Level 3 Directions.

On waste management, 100% of the recycling sector is allowed to operate.

More details on the directions are contained in the Government Gazette that will be published this week and we recommend that members of the public await the publication of these directions.

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Dienstag, 2. Juni 2020, 22:27

COVID-19 Alert Level 3 Announcement by iSimangaliso Wetland Park

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iSimangaliso welcomes the decision to lower alert level 4 to level 3, as announced by the Honourable President Ramaphosa. In his address the President reiterated the importance of adhering to health protocol as one of the critical measures in the fight against COVID-19. iSimangaliso remains committed to ensuring that it plays its part in flattening the curve and fighting the pandemic.

Furthermore, iSimangaliso acknowledges the statement by Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane on tourism sector response measures and directions which, amongst other things, paves the way for parks to open as of 1 June 2020.

The Minister of Environment, Fisheries and Forestry, Ms Barbara Creecy, will soon be making pronouncements and provide further direction and guidance on alert level 3 in relation to the environment, fisheries, and forestry sector, which iSimangaliso Wetland Park falls under.

Lowering of alert level 4 to level 3 has paved the way for getting the Park ready to welcome visitors back, and yet in doing so it is critically important to ensure that health and safety protocols are adhered to, and the lives of our staff and visitors are not compromised.

Therefore, as of 1 June 2020, iSimangaliso Wetland Park is going to commence with the process of getting the Park ready for opening on 8 June 2020. The preparation process will include the following:
  • return of iSimangaliso staff and conducting of training on health and safety protocols;
  • deep cleaning of offices and public facilities within the Park; and
  • preparing the Park for visitors e.g. cutting trees, and removing logs on the road etc.
Once compliance requirements have been met, and the Park has been declared safe, the Park will open in keeping with the Minister’s direction. To this end the iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority is pleading with the public to exercise patience and understanding, as all these measures are being put in place in the interest of public safety and ensuring that we all play our part in curbing the spread of the virus.

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