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14 June 2012

Entries open for the 2012 Kudu Awards

Entries for the South African National Parks (SANParks) 2012 Kudu Awards are now open.

The greater kudu is the symbol of SANParks. The greater kudu is the symbol of SANParks.

We need to celebrate these achievements by paying tribute to those who worked effortlessly in putting our parks at the forefront of conservation. - Paul Daphne, SANParks Acting Head of Communications

Communities, companies and individuals have until 17 July 2012 to enter the annual Kudu Awards. Organised by South African National Parks (SANParks) in partnership with First National Bank (FNB), the awards showcase efforts that focus on conservation and environmental initiatives.

According to SANParks Acting Head of Communications, Paul Daphne, the Kudu Awards offer corporates, groups or individuals the opportunity to highlight their achievements and share innovative programmes designed to preserve our natural environment.

Daphne says individuals or companies enter the awards programme on a voluntary basis and that there are numerous benefits for those reaching the final stages of the awards. 

'In addition to receiving a thorough summary of all comments by judges, whether positive or negative, finalists and winners receive widespread exposure which gives them a definite competitive edge to their peers, particularly around their passion for our parks and all have a need to be recognised as the best in the conservation of our biodiversity,' says Daphne.

The awards are divided into the following categories:

  • The Corporate Contribution to Conservation Award
  • The Environmental Media Contribution to Conservation
  • The Environmental Education/Capacity Building award

For Daphne and his team, the Kudu Awards provide a platform for SANParks to acknowledge those who are making strides to enhance and conserve the environment, and in particular those stakeholders who are vested in conserving South Africa's magnificent national parks.

'We need to celebrate these achievements by paying tribute to those who worked effortlessly in putting our parks at the forefront of conservation,' he explains.

The winners will be announced at a function in the Free State in November.

For more information and entry forms visit www.sanparks.org or contact Itshekeng Mokone on +27 (0) 12 426 5058/itshekeng.mokone@sanparks.org or Reynold Thakhuli on +27 (0) 12 426 5203/rey.thakhuli@sanparks.org