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This discussion topic has been automatically created of petition KRUGER NATIONAL PARK ANTI HOTEL DEVELOPMENT GROUP.



Jun 03, 2011, 11:52

Hotels and especially conference centres are in contravention to the ideals of nature conservation and are likely to increase the incidence of speeding and the death and injury of animals that are protected by the rules governing the national parks.



Jun 03, 2011, 12:17

The planned hotels and other developments are foreign to a Nature Reserve. Our Kruger National Park may never be changed into just another holiday resort


Jun 03, 2011, 12:23

The Kruger Park and all its creatures are not ours to dispose of as we wish. These creatures have no voice and it is therefore our duty to use our voices to ensure their continued existence and protection!



Jun 03, 2011, 12:44

The southern section of the Kruger Park is already too overcrowded. There is hardly a sense of place left in the South due to the amount of visitors, day visitors, concession vehicles from outside the Park and personnel driving. Most often there will be at least 10 to 20 cars at a sighting, not only creating tension among the visitors, but also to the animals. Add another hotel with 240+beds and the ethos of Kruger will be gone forever. The building of any hotel in the Park is against the Rules and Regulations of any nature reserve. In my opinion Sanparks jumped the gun when they built the conference facility in Skukuza and now supposedly lacks 'luxury' accommodation. Use the concessions - they are struggling already. (Concession in Addo closed). The Board of Sanparks was appointed to be the custodian of this world heritage on OUR behalf, NOT for financial gain. It is not the responsibility of Kruger to carry any other park financially, but that of the Government. Say NO to any hotel developments in Kruger.


Jun 03, 2011, 13:00

Dear Sanparks,
The majority of international visitors, as well as South Africans, come to the Kruger National Park in order to breathe the bush, the freedom, the thatched huts, to sit at a waterhole or in a hide alone as long as you wish, to light a braai in the evening listening to the sounds of the bush without human sounds. This is a gift that you can get only in Kruger. Group Tours are running out of fashion since the internet has taken over.
Kruger has already been enough pampered. Think about how to best conservate the flora and fauna of a unique place that will never be able to be sostituted if just one species disappear. Think of how important the rivers are and the damage that one single error can do. Every single component of the ecosystem is vital for the survival of Kruger.

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Jun 03, 2011, 13:09

I think the petition is much too brief and general and poorly worded as well - spelling and grammatical mistakes and there is no such thing to my knowledge as a national (SANParks managed) "reserve", they are all National Parks. Also I don't believe we can legitimately oppose a hotel on the edge of a National Park, there are several that have been there for ages that no-one has complained about. Tony Ferrar, Barberton


Jun 03, 2011, 13:11

Hotels are alien to the established ethos of KNP and fall within the busiest and overcrowded region of the park. Conservation and protection of this national heritage should be the primary objective. It’s a sad day when one has to fight with entrusted custodians and government to ensure the continued existence of wildlife.


Jun 03, 2011, 13:18

I think it is just another sceme from socalled in-power peeps.


#9 Tony Ferrar

Jun 03, 2011, 13:25

The hotels (2 of) that this petition is opposes are going to be built in side KNP and there's certainly none there now.
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Jun 03, 2011, 13:35

Black Diamonds that I know are not interested in the bush....They want the glitz...Sandton City, Football, DSTV, Overseas travel, Cape Town, Gold Reef City, ISASA Private Schools, Suburban Living, Durban, Sun City , Fast Food and entertainment Arcades, casinos, Night clubs, Golf etc. Viva la difference so why all the Social Apartheid style social engineering...Its not going to work. The question then has to be asked..Who are the REAL beneficiaries?



Jun 03, 2011, 14:52

Kruger is so unique.. keep it the way it is !!



Jun 03, 2011, 15:22

People and Especially Officials that are supposed to protect our Nature, are at the Spearhead of turning Conservation into a Money Making Racket. They are short sighted and have NO CLUE that you cannot put a price on Conservation. They have no regard or respect for the Laws that are there in the First Place to Protect our Wildlife and especially it's Sanctuaries. Their only aim is Financial Greed and the personal Financial gain they can achieve by being in cahoots and selfishly receiving money under the table,from Greedy Unscrupilous Develpers; with total disregard and no respect or worry for e.g. Kruger Park and the future destructive impact their selfish financial gain motives will create and achieve.
This Wildlife Heritage belongs to every South African. Therefore Government and SANPARKS must do a paradigm shift; SANPARKS aim and mandate should not be to 'chase making money', but rather to Protect, enhance, develope and advance Nature and it's Precious Sites.Therefore these Officials are only the Custodians whose sole aim and responsibility should be advancing sustainable Wildlife and Wildlife Sanctuaries.Government via Taxes and the Appropriate Department,and NOT Totally Destructive NEW Money-Spining Developements, should ensure that there are sufficient Funds to carry out this mandate. SANPARKS and its Staff, should solely be involved in Effectively and Successfully doing PR, Marketing and Conservation and related Duties. Current SANPARKS Officials etc. DON"T have the qualifications, nor the appropriate experience,or mandate to be following this dangerous, destructive, egotistical, greed driven route as they are. /
Don't do it!!!


Jun 03, 2011, 16:08

Consider what it will take to build these hotels. A large area will have to be set aside to store and house builders and equipment. Huge trucks will be travellening back and forth along the roads reserved for tourists never mind the animals. Are these people crazy! The southern part is so heavily utilised that we, our family, only go to the northern part now. Other people have commented on the impact it will have on the flora and fauna. Where are the greens!!! Please help!



Jun 03, 2011, 17:17

Our natural heritage is being tainted all in the name of money!!!! We as human beings should not stand or tolerate this!



Jun 03, 2011, 18:43

I signed and shared, will you??



Jun 03, 2011, 19:00

Its our heritage, why must you ruin it.


Jun 03, 2011, 19:51

Totally unnecessary. Not only would it be an eye sore for great distances but takes away from the feeling of being in the bush. Very dissapoited if this goes ahead...



Jun 03, 2011, 20:09

No hotels in KRUGER, keep it a Nature Reserve - a haven for our Wildlife not a holiday resort for humans.



Jun 03, 2011, 20:33

Wish the petition all the success it needs to stop this madness!!



Jun 03, 2011, 23:16

Signed. I'm totally opposed to the building of hotels in Kruger. I think there are a few deep-pockets around!



Jun 04, 2011, 12:48

It is not nescesary to have luxury hotels within the any of the National Parks as any construction destroys a sensitively balanced eco system.


Jun 04, 2011, 14:16

In the face of reduced SA government funding (contrary to international trends)of national parks what gives Sanparks the right to make the KNP the "cash cow" of all the reserves it manages ? As it is the sense of place in KNP has allready been ruined by recent commercialisation ventures . The ridiculous plans of hotels (if not 6 of them) to satisfy a perceived and unproven market must be stopped and additional government funding must be sourced to maintain Sanparks profitability .



Jun 05, 2011, 11:53

As with so many ventures in the last years, this one seems to have not been thought through. If a nation can be left in the dark without Electricity because some homework was not done/ or thought to be that important, how can I trust that this development will be to the benefit of the animals. I am apposed to any big buildings in the park. Upgrade the existing ones and increase the price then if necessary.



Jun 05, 2011, 17:13

Animals come first, not people!! Leave Kruger the way it is please.



Jun 06, 2011, 09:00

No good can come from this venture...where there are people, there will always be an negative impact no matter how carefully they plan for this.

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