Kudu Award Winners Lead SANParks Conservation Efforts in Style
The South African National Parks (SANParks) supported by Total South Africa and First National Bank (FNB) recognised deserving conservationists at their 13th annual SANParks Kudu Awards ceremony held at the CSIR Convention Centre in Pretoria on Thursday, 23 November 2017.
Mr Fundisile Mketeni, SANParks CEO, said that the Kudu Awards recognises 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. "These awards honour people for their meaningful contributions to the protection of the environment through various means which reflects society's admirable social responsibility - giving meaning to the SANParks vision of 'A Sustainable National Parks System Connecting Society’.”
"Environmental conservation is one of the key pillars that Total South Africa's CSI is based on and the Kudu Awards is one of the projects that we sponsor and that we are happy to be supporting. Next year sees Total and SANParks celebrate 60 years of working together and several initiatives will be rolled out during the course of the year. Our congratulations to all the winners of the KUDU Awards and thank you for the sterling work that you are doing", says Pierre-Yves Sachet, MD and CEO of Total South Africa.
Winners of the 2017 Kudu Awards in the respective categories are:
Carlos Lopez Pereira from National Administration of Conservation Areas for his enormous support to anti-poaching efforts in the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park.
Business Partner of the Year:
For best year on year business growth and financial contribution to SANParks, Lukimbi Safari Lodge in the Kruger National Park.
Corporate Contribution (Non-Profit Making Organisation):
Cape Town Environmental Education Trust, in recognition of the trust's commitment and wide reach in developing young people and also imparting environmental knowledge to different communities and schools in Cape Town and surroundings.
Environmental Media: Best Journalist:
Forbes African Magazine's Jay Cabez for his immense contribution to the dissemination of environmental, conservation and eco-tourism information through the use of print media.
Community Contribution to Conservation:
Twin Mosia from Elandskop Museum/VKB, Free State in recognition of the trust's commitment and wide reach in developing young people and also imparting environmental knowledge to different communities in Mamafubedu and surrounds.
Vincent van der Merwe from Endangered Wildlife Trust for his contribution to conservation through the growing of the cheetah population in and outside the National Parks System.
Women in Conservation:
Petro Botha from Cape Town Environmental Education Trust for contribution to sustainable conservation of the fynbos through ground-breaking research on using the Eland as a management tool, as opposed to fire to conserve the vegetation of the Cape Flats.
Youth in Conservation:
Gerhard de Beer from Starke Ayres Pty Ltd., for his contribution to conservation through sourcing of funds, volunteering for the rhino preservation as well as using personal time in assisting in the processing of rhino carcasses in the Kruger National Park.
Reginald Christiaan for his contribution to conservation through his Scorpion Project to raise awareness on the ecology and diversity of this understudied Arachnida fauna of the Namaqualand.
Honorary Ranger Best Region of the Year:
This is the SANParks Honorary Rangers Awards (a volunteer organisation working in National Parks) and the first winner is the Diamantveld Region (Small Region), for achieving the highest growth rate amongst all 31 SANParks Honorary Rangers regions in the areas of membership growth, growth in transformation, environmental education and total contribution to SANParks.
Honorary Ranger Best Project of the Year:
The second winner in the Honorary Rangers Awards category is the KNP Birding Weekend, for outstanding volunteer service by running 76 trails camps per year to raise funds for SANParks.
Environmental Education/ Capacity Building Award:
Mike Kendrick from Wild Shots Outreach Programme for his commitment and wide reach in developing young people and also imparting environmental knowledge to different communities and schools in Hoedspruit, Limpopo.
Nxanguyintswa Primary School (Limpopo) for the school's efforts to conserve the environment through practising organic farming in support of local communities and leading with greening projects.
Milo Primary School (Mpumalanga) for the school's efforts to conserve the environment through practising organic farming in support of local communities and leading with greening projects.
And last but not least, Masoyi Home Based Care (Mpumalanga) for the Centre's efforts to conserve the environment through practising organic farming in support of local communities and leading with greening projects.