Cape Town - If you're a wildlife lover and would like a say in how South African National Parks (SANParks) and the iconic Kruger's affairs are handled, now is your chance.
SANParks is required by the National Environment Management: Protected Areas Act No 57 of 2003 to host management review plans for all protected areas every 10 years. During this year's undergoing process, the consultation process for the Management Plan review has been broadened to include all SA's major cities.
The Kruger National Park (KNP) will hold structured meetings at major cities around South Africa from 17 to 27 May 2017. The sessions follow previous public meetings which took place in the local communities bordering the Park from 18 April to 4 May this year.
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According to KNP managing executive Glenn Phillips, the park hopes to uphold its vision of "a sustainable National Park system connecting society.
"The first Park Management Plan was approved in 2008 and the consultation process was a bit limited as it concentrated on mainly the two provinces in which the Park is found. This time we would like to include as many people as possible hence we will be visiting more provinces," Phillips says.
"It is important that their input gets included on the plan which will serve as a policy in the next 10 years.”
Five Stakeholder meetings at four major cities will take place at the following venues -
17 May 2017: Royal Hotel, Durban, 09:00
24 May 2017: Strand Tower Hotel, Cape Town, 09:00
25 May 2017: Manhattan Hotel, Pretoria, 09:00
26 May 2017: Aviator Hotel, Kempton Park, 08:00
27 May 2017: Ingwenyama Lodge, White River, 09:00
All interested members of the public have been invited to come and give input.
Get in touch
Those who are not able to attend the sessions but would like to register as a stakeholder and give input can still do so through the SANParks website or enquire from Dudu Letswele on telephone 013 735 4102 between Monday and Friday during office hours.
Stakeholders can also send an email to the KNP Management Plan.
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