SANParks mahala week to start

2014-09-07 15:46
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Skukuza - From Monday, South Africans will once again be allowed to enjoy their natural heritage free of charge.

The 9th annual South African National Parks (SANParks) Week will run from 8 September to 12 September under the theme “Know Your National Parks”.

“We encourage all South Africans, especially educators and school groups, to diarise these dates and plan a visit to a national park nearby,” said SANParks spokesperson Reynold Thakhuli.

“The survival of the South African national parks system and our natural and cultural heritage lies in the people of South Africa.”

Thakhuli said the week-long campaign will be applicable to all the national parks that are under SANParks management, with the exception of Boulders in Table Mountain National Park and Namaqua National Park.

He said the mahala week is aimed at cultivating a culture of pride in all South Africans and to enhance their relationship with the country’s natural, cultural and historical heritage.

“When people start to take pride in the national parks, then we believe that they will start to understand the importance of conservation,” Thakhuli said.

The idea of a national parks focus week is a worldwide campaign and was conceived in South Africa in 2006 after a realisation that a vast majority of South Africans were not accessing national parks.

Thakhuli said the annual campaign has been made possible with support from First National Bank and Total South Africa.

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