Cape Town - South African National Parks (SANParks) has confirmed
that holiday bookings for June and July 2018 will now open on 1 August 2017, as
opposed to 25 July 2017 as originally planned.
The change of date is due to
the strike action by some members of staff, according to SANParks Head of
Communications Janine Raftopoulos.
The bookings will open on 1
August from 07:30 for the call centres and email bookings. Online bookings will
open on 2 August 2016 as per usual. Click here to book
“We want to give confidence to
all guests that a resolution will be reached soon and all operations will be
back to normal," says Raftopoulos.
On Wednesday 26 July SANParks
was still in negotiations to resolve the salary dispute with the unions -
with disruptive behaviour reported at certain camps in the Kruger National
Park, specifically Orpen, Berg en Dal and Shingwedzi, and management has activated
their contingency plans.
SEE: SANParks Strike: Disruptive behaviour reported at certain
"We have seen disruptive
behaviour at SANParks Head Office (Groenkloof), Phalaborwa and Orpen gates in
the Kruger National Park. Management has requested the Union to immediately
intervene; failing which, an application for an interdict will be lodged to
stop unruly behaviour and seek adherence to the rules by HOSPERSA members” says
"Guests travelling to any
of our parks should continue with their plans as we aim to ensure that they
enjoy their stay," says Raftopoulos.
updates, guests can visit the SANParks www.sanparks.org, alternatively guests
can call our central reservations number: 012 428 9111.
According to Raftopoulos,
SANParks revised its offer to 6.1 percent plus 1 percent pay progression to
qualifying employees, which totals to 7.1 percent.
“As management we were hopeful
that the employees would accept the offer just like NEHAWU members did. We deem
the offer as fair but unfortunately HOSPERSA members decided to withhold their
labour which is their right, however we hope they will adhere to the picketing
rules which were agreed to by both parties and are binding."
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