Total South Africa celebrates a 60-year Partnership with SANParks
2018 marks the 60th anniversary of Total South Africa’s partnership with South African National Parks. The two organizations entered this partnership in 1958, with Total South Africa to providing fuel services to all national parks around the country.
The partnership has seen Total South Africa not only establishing and operating 21 service stations but, over the years, Total has also contributed extensively to several environmental projects at South African National Parks (SANParks), such as sponsorship of the Kudu Awards and SA National Parks Week.
Total South Africa sponsors the annual SANParks Keep the Kruger Clean campaign, during which staff members, community members and school children from communities close to the Kruger National Park join forces for one full day to participate in a clean-up campaign as well as the SANParks Walk and Learn on the Wild Side Project. This is a project for school children in rural based schools who are studying Tourism in Grades 10 to 12. The learners are taken to spend one week in the Kruger National Park, learning about the importance of conservation.
To celebrate the 60-year partnership, Total South Africa and SANParks have a line-up of exciting activities planned over the course of this year. This year will once again see South Africans given one week free access to visit and experience the wild side of life at a national park of their choice, excluding the Boulders section of Table Mountain National Park and Namaqua National Park. While entry will be free in that week, commercial activities will still need to be paid for. This opportunity intends to encourage people who would have previously not had the means to access the nation’s parks to explore new places, discover open spaces and enjoy affordable vacations in South Africa’s amazing natural environment.
“Total South Africa is proud of this partnership and will continuously aim to raise awareness around environmental stewardship. As a responsible energy major, Total continues to play a role in environmental conservation. Construction is currently underway to convert our service stations to run on solar power and later this year, the first two solarised service stations in the Kruger National Park will be inaugurated,” said Pierre-Yves Sachet, Total South Africa’s MD & CEO.
“Our partnership with Total South Africa over the last 60 years has been a mutually beneficial one. Total South Africa has been delivering reliable support since 1958, when they won their first contract for the Kruger National Park. We are especially excited about the solarised service stations and are proud to be part of a team that contributes towards South Africa’s economy,” says Fundisile Mketeni, SANParks CEO.
One of the highlights of the 60-year SANParks partnership is that Total South Africa and SANParks have combined forces to launch the 2018 SANParks Photographic Competition. There are four categories including seascapes, landscapes and mountain views, fauna and flora, lifestyle and photo stories. One lucky winner stands a chance to walk away with a Toyota Landcruiser 76. Visit www.sanparks.org for more information.
Total South Africa and SANParks look forward to the next 60 years of partnership and are excited to continue promoting the country’s natural features and celebrate heroes who contribute to the wellness and sustainability of the country, and its economy.