Nominate your conservation heroes for SANParks' Kudu Awards 2017

2017-10-09 10:39 - Kavitha Pillay
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Cape Town - SANParks' Kudu Awards takes place annually to honour and reward those people who are contributing positively to South African National Parks and the conservation industry.

SANParks calls for submission of nominations to help recognise those who contribute to conservation. The deadline for submissions is 23 October 2017.

SANParks Head of Communications, Janine Raftopoulos says that the "key business objectives for SANParks are to ensure improved, representative conservation assets, an effectively managed eco-system, species and cultural heritage assets, optimised contribution to the green and blue economy and enhanced awareness of the work that we do."

"The Kudu Awards will be honouring and celebrating individuals and institutions who go to any great lengths to conserve and protect our natural environment as well as the associated cultural and heritage assets for future generations," she adds.

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The 11 award categories include: Corporate, Non-Governmental Organisations, Media Contribution to Conservation and Eco-Tourism, Community Contribution to Conservation, Environmental Education, Individual Contribution to Conservation, Professional Stakeholders, Associated Partners, Women in Conservation, Youth in Conservation, Innovation. Click here for the nomination form.

Winners will be announced at an event set to take place in Gauteng in November.

Winners will receive a Kudu Award, which was launched in June 2005, in the form of a bronze sculpture of a Kudu head. "The award is a thing of pride, just as the Kudu itself is often feted for having a proud and majestic bearing," says SANParks.

"The Kudu Awards is fundamental to the practice of recognising, acknowledging and praising the people who have, over the years, given financial and other resources to SANParks and other conservation agencies, while also recognising those people that have made it possible for conservation agencies to operate in a conducive and enabling environment," adds SANParks.

Internal staff members also have the opportunity to receive "top achievers" awards - known as the Chief Executive Awards.

"This national award recognises their dedication and selfless efforts towards achieving the goals of the organisation from across 22 National Parks under SANParks management."

"The Chief Executive Awards are meant to encourage staff to do their work with pride and joy and to always view this organisation as their personal business," adds SANParks.

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