19/01/2015 - News

Kudu Awards Crown Conservationists

The South African National Parks (SANParks) supported by First National Bank (FNB) and Total South Africa  celebrated conservationists at the 10th annual Kudu Awards ceremony held at Gallagher Convention Centre Estates in Midrand this evening (27 November 2014). The awards showcased excellence in the conservation industry from individuals and corporates alike.

According to Glenn Phillips Acting SANParks CEO, “The Kudu Awards (and Chief Executive Awards) has for the last 10 years recognised external stakeholders for their contribution and internal stakeholders for their efforts in making SANParks the custodian of choice for the national parks system. SANParks thanks all the past winners for helping us play a significant role in the conservation of biodiversity and cultural heritage, thus protecting South Africa’s most valuable national assets.”

He said through these awards people are being honoured for their meaningful contributions to the protection of the environment through various means which reflects society’s admirable social responsibility. “This gives meaning to the vision of ‘A Sustainable National Parks System SANParks Connecting Society’.”

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Christian des Closières MD & CEO of Total South Africa said, “Total South Africa is proud to partner with SANPArks in celebrating the 2014 Kudu Awards which acknowledges and celebrates the brave and pioneering people who ensure that conservation remains a priority and who remind and inspire us – through their work – of just how important it is that we all care for the natural world”.

As part of the awards programme SANParks also recognised long standing employees who have played a significant role in the national parks operations by bestowing a lifetime contribution Award. This award (Chief Executive Officer’s Awards) was granted to Mr Xihangalasi Eliot Mdluli from Kruger National Park (KNP). Mr Phillips said, “Xihangalasi has given 46 years of service to SANParks and he is totally dedicated to his park. Mdululi was part of the team that constructed the eastern boundary fence road from Croc Bridge to Pafuri and he also built the majority of tar and gravel roads in the KNP during this period.”

Winners of the 2014 Kudu Awards in the respective categories are:

Corporate Contribution to Conservation Award (Business Partner of the Year):

Gorah Elephant in Addo Elephant National Park for its significant partnership/relationship to conservation initiatives within the Addo Elephant National Park.

Corporate Contribution to Conservation Award (Associated Partner):

The Peace Parks Foundation for their contribution and unwavering support towards Ais Ais Richtersveld for the last 11 years.

Corporate Contribution (Professional Stakeholders):

Saving the Survivors for their amazing work in caring for injured rhinos and on-going research in injured rhino.

Environmental Media Contribution to Conservation (Best Journalist):

This year’s Best Journalist of the Year went to Sipho Kings from Mail and Guardian. He consistently exhibits balanced reporting of environmental stories and continues to raise more awareness of topical green issues through his green life articles.

Environmental Media Contribution to Conservation (Best Publication):

Wild Magazine won Best Publication for being at the forefront of showcasing conservation successes, lobbying for greater environmental responsibility and also featuring lesser known conservation projects.

Community Contribution to Conservation (Region of the year):

Tsitsikamma won the Honorary Ranger Region of the year for achieving substantial growth in all the Balanced Score Card objectives and increasing the total contribution to SANParks fundraising by 21%.

Community Contribution to Conservation (Project of the Year):

The second winner in the Honorary Rangers Awards is the SANParks Honorary Rangers Sasol Birding Events for their contribution to conservation through your generous support of the National Birding Projects.

Environmental Education/Capacity Building Award (Group):

Nozuko Manyathela of Monde Primary School in recognition of making a difference in introducing environmentally sustainable projects in schools and the surrounding community of Katlehong.

Environmental Education/Capacity Building Award (Individual):

John Lucas received this award in recognition of his passion about natural resources and innovation in establishing ‘Explore4Knowledge’ project which aims to uplift the youth through environmental education.

The Awards evening also saw SANParks staff members being rewarded through the Chief Executive Awards. A total of 28 Chief Executive Awards were given out this year.