SANParks Announces Free Access Week Dates For 2021

SANParks Announces Free Access Week Dates For 2021

South African National Parks (SANParks), together with Total Energies and FNB will be hosting the 16th annual SA National Parks Week from 22 to 28 November 2021. The free access will only be valid until Friday 26 November at the following national parks – Addo, Kgalagadi, Kruger and the Tsitsikamma section of the Garden Route National Park.

SANParks Acting Chief Executive Officer, Luthando Dziba said, “SA National Parks Week is an annual campaign that gives all South African citizens the opportunity to enter most of the parks managed by SANParks for free, with the exclusion of Boulders section at Table Mountain National Park as well as accommodation facilities and tourist activities.”

Dziba said, “The week is meant to cultivate a sense of pride in South Africa’s natural, cultural and historical heritage and a deeper appreciation of biodiversity. It is important for South Africans to visit and know the importance of national parks.”

There is a growing need for national parks to be relevant, particularly to young people and communities living adjacent to parks. Dziba said, that “through our Socio-Economic Transformation programmes and our Expanded Public Works Programme, we work closely with communities living adjacent to national parks in a quest to be more inclusive in our management of protected areas.

This inclusivity encompasses providing access to parks for cultural use as well as exposing young people to the different career options in conservation and tourism.”

Since the programme started in 2006, some 591 234 South Africans have been afforded the opportunity to enter national parks. Every year SANParks aims to increase the number of citizens that are granted free access to national parks however due to the COVID-19 pandemic the number of free access guests that the parks are able to cater for will be subject to gate quotas and extra visitor management procedures will be in place to manage visitor volumes.

Visit a national park this year for free during SA National Parks Week, to see what it has to offer and do your part by getting to know your national parks. #SANationalParksWeek and #LiveYourWild

Visit www.sanparks.org/about/events/parks_week/ for more information.

Issued by: South African National Parks (SANParks)

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Review of 3rd Generation Western Cape Air Quality Management Plan

Section 15 (1) of the National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act (Act 39 of 2004) (NEM: AQA) requires Provinces and Municipalities to develop Air Quality Management Plans (AQMP) to manage air quality in their regions. For it to be effective, the AQMP needs to be reviewed every 5 years to establish whether the identified goals and targets have been effectively implemented.

In accordance with the NEM: AQA requirements, the Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning (DEA&DP) adopted the 1st Generation Western Cape AQMP in 2010. The 2nd Generation Western Cape Air Quality Management Plan was built upon the strengths and successes of the 1st Generation Western Cape AQMP and was informed via formal Public Participation Process workshops during 2015 and Adopted in 2016. The 2nd Generation AQMP mainly focused on strengthening the linkages between Air Quality Management and Climate Change Response, as well as spatial planning for growth and development in the Western Cape Province.

The 2nd Generation AQMP upholds the vision and the mission of the 1st AQMP which are as follows:

Vision

“Clean and healthy air for all in the Western Cape”

Mission

“To ensure the effective and consistent implementation of sustainable air quality management practices, by all spheres of government, relevant stakeholders and civil society to progressively achieve and efficiently maintain clean and healthy air in the Western Cape”

Furthermore, the 2nd Generation AQMP has four goals that support this vision and mission.

The Goals of the 2nd Generation AQMP are:

  • Goal 1: Ensure effective and consistent air quality management, linked to Climate Change Response
  • Goal 2: Continually engage with stakeholders to raise awareness with respect to Air Quality Management and Climate Change Response
  • Goal 3: Ensure effective and consistent compliance monitoring and enforcement
  • Goal 4: Support Air Quality and Climate Change Response programmes, including promoting and facilitating the reduction of Greenhouse gas emissions.

Following 5 years of its implementation, the DEA&DP must embark on a review of the 2016 Western Cape AQMP to, amongst other:

  • assess progress made in air quality management in the Province;
  • establish whether the identified goals and targets have been effectively implemented;
  • establish whether the goals and targets were still valid in terms of new developments and economic growth in the Province; and
  • Identify potential air quality risks and interventions that can be translated into new goals and objectives, where required.

As a result of the COVID 19 travelling restrictions, it was decided to develop online questionnaires that will be sent out to all the Stakeholders to determine to access the AQMP progress and to identify potential air quality risks and interventions that can be translated into new AQMP goals and objectives.

 

Click on the link below to access and complete the questionnaire:

2nd Generation Western Cape Air Quality Management Plan Review

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=f790rsPPYEeh_gcxr6pVAnIuN7DJtD1MkU-u9V2qj_lUQ1lQWjg4RzZNWDNXWklTSTdINzVaODdLVi4u

If you have any queries and should you wish to engage with the DEA&DP through any other virtual means (e.g. via MS Teams, Skype, Zoom), kindly contact: Sally Benson: Sally.Benson@westerncape.gov.za

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