No more human ashes at Kruger Park

By Drum Digital
30 October 2013

The scattering of human ash will not be allowed at the Kruger National Park without prior permission, park authorities say, as lookout points have become dirty.

“We have allowed people to scatter ashes over all these years, but some have even put plaques on top of rocks and trees”, Kruger National Park general manager of communications, William Mabasa told News24.

The situation has reached a point where the park management now finds little coffins, small tombstones, crosses, memorials or other symbols of remembrance placed or attached against rocks, trees, look out points and other structures in the Park.

“You can’t throw foreign objects in the park,” Mabasa said.

According to the Park’s conservation manager, Dr Freek Venter, the items contaminate the park and detract from its ambience.

“Not only is this a contravention of the National Environmental Management: Protection Areas Act No. 57 of 2003; but it is also disrespectful to other visitors to the KNP,” he said.

Visitors will now be expected to send in written requests to scatter ashes in the bush and relevant staff will then find a proper area, in line with the conditions and relevant legislation.

Mabasa said families can claim urns and other items but will be liable to a fine.

- News24

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