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24/11/2016 News

Kudu awards crown South African conservation titans

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The South African National Parks (SANParks) supported by Total South Africa recognised deserving conservationists at their 12th annual SANParks Kudu Awards ceremony recently held in Midrand, Johannesburg.

Nyameka Makonya, Head of Sustainable Development at Total South Africa: “In any business, employees who live the brand are considered as brand ambassadors. This could not be more true of the worthy recipients of the Kudu Awards. These ambassadors do more than protect and preserve our national parks, they also inspire the next generation of eco-tourism professionals.  As Total South Africa, we are proud to support and celebrate such environmental heroes.”

As part of the awards, SANParks Board Chairperson, Ms Joanne Yawitch, bestowed a Lifetime Contribution Award to Anna Kamfer from Karoo National Park in the Western Cape. Kamfer joined Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in 1978 before moving to the Karoo National Park. She has loyally served SANParks for 38 years and has helped make Karoo National Parks one of the best National Parks in South Africa.  

Mr Fundisile Mketeni, SANParks CEO, said that the Kudu Awards recognise internal and external stakeholders for their vital contribution in making South African National Parks the custodian of choice for the national parks system in South Africa. Mr Fundisile also bequeathed the Shield Award to the Karoo Lion Search Team for their persistence, determination and hard work under harsh and dangerous conditions in the search of the escaped “Sylvester the Lion” in the Karoo National Park.