What is the situation/progress with the proposed hotels in Kruger?

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Re: What is the situation/progress with the proposed hotels?

Post by Richprins » Wed Feb 08, 2017 6:59 pm

It remains on record that you did your best, H. X#X

But we shall never surrender! :twisted:
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Re: What is the situation/progress with the proposed hotels?

Post by H. erectus » Wed Feb 08, 2017 7:18 pm

Richard, please my friend do not establish room
for adverse thought, this is not about me!!!

Can we be clear about this!!

This is about how I find situations to be,..
Heh,.. H.e

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Re: What is the situation/progress with the proposed hotels?

Post by Richprins » Wed Feb 08, 2017 7:59 pm

Ok! ^0^
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Re: What is the situation/progress with the proposed hotels?

Post by H. erectus » Thu Feb 09, 2017 7:56 pm

Rich, what we gonna do about matters at Skuks??

I'm not very impressed by so called protocol, that
would establish some sort of sense, in agreement
to this establishment. Four star, at best, frivolously
three star escapades!!

Hired expertise, placed there to be accommodating,
flushed like single ply down a pipe!!!
Heh,.. H.e

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Re: What is the situation/progress with the proposed hotels?

Post by Richprins » Fri Feb 10, 2017 8:57 pm

We can warn the public again, H.

Most are ill-informed re. Skuks. The double-Nkandla price project has not exactly been shouted from the rooftops over the last few years by Department and SANParks, which is curious as it is so incredibly beneficial for ALL? :-?

Anyway! @#$
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Re: What is the situation/progress with the proposed hotels in Kruger?

Post by H. erectus » Sat Feb 11, 2017 6:30 pm

Yah yah yah,..I hear your call!!,..
Authority so shit scared to take a stand and
the reasoning behind this mentality,...for the
individual not readily prepared to sacrifice,
years of payroll deductions, that what would
secure a platform,...a platform that would secure
recognition!!

Hence .Gov wielding the axe!!!!
Heh,.. H.e

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Re: What is the situation/progress with the proposed hotels in Kruger?

Post by Richprins » Sat Feb 18, 2017 6:42 pm

SOD TURNING HERALDS THE START OF SKUKUZA SAFARI LODGE PROJECT

Environmental Affairs Minister, Dr Edna Molewa, today (Saturday, 18 February 2017) officiated on a sod-turning ceremony just before the start of the building of the Skukuza Safari Lodge in the Kruger National Park (KNP).
According to South African National Parks (SANParks) CEO, Fundisile Mketeni, hard work coupled with careful planning ended in the first sod being turned on the construction side of the Skukuza Safari Lodge today.

Mketeni said this new development is set to raise KNP’s competitiveness as one of the premier meetings and events destinations in the country… “with this new additional accommodation, we will be able to host various sizes of events, exhibitions, conventions and meetings, while this will also cement the parks international reputation for sustainable business establishments, it will also make a real contribution to job creation during the construction phase and afterwards.”
Speaking at the sod turning ceremony, Minister of Environmental Affairs, Dr Edna Molewa, said the Kruger National Park is a valued asset to our country. “Therefore any development, as long as it adapts to the key principles of conservation will without any shadow of doubt increase the contribution to the country’s economy and create the much need jobs for people leaving in areas adjacent to this iconic national park.”

In dispelling fears that the new lodge will increase footprint in the KNP, Minister Molewa said, SANParks is mandated in terms of the National Environmental Management: Protected Areas (Act No 57 of 2003), Section 55 (2) (h) to provide accommodation and facilities for visitors, including provision of food and household supplies.
“We are therefore, confident that this facility will not significantly increase the human footprint of the park as plans are underway to ensure that patrons to Skukuza Safari Lodge will either be transported by charter flights or group transport like tour busses.”
She further stated that currently the development of footprint in the KNP, comprising of tourist facilities, staff housing, tourists roads, support infrastructure and management roads, currently constitutes 6285 ha or 0.3% to the total of 2 000 000 ha of the park. In terms of international IUCN standards a park could be developed to 10% of its size. “This means the claims of over-development and over commercialisation of the Kruger National Park are exaggerated and unfounded.”

The lodge will be developed within the existing camp footprint in an area that is already highly affected by development. Trees within the lodge footprint area will be retained as far as possible, in particular the planted baobab trees on the south western border that remain from the old warden house which will be accommodated in the design of the lodge; and there will be a buffer zone between the existing facilities and the Skukuza Safari Lodge development.
Dr Molewa said this Skukuza project will in total create between 250 to 300 jobs from conceptualisation, construction and operational stages. “These jobs are vital in the Lowveld region where unemployment runs up to 70% of the regional population.”
She said government’s policy dictates that because the location of most conservation agencies is in deep rural areas with not much economic opportunities, these agencies must create alternative revenue generation options due to a fact that there are a lot of socio-economic needs government has to look after. “It is for this reason that our national parks should create products that appeal to all sections of our society – as government we are very excited to be part of this milestone.”

The Skukuza Conference Lodge is expected to be a 3 Star facility with 128 rooms. The lodge will be located within the existing Skukuza Rest Camp next to the conference centre with the intension of extending itself to the conference delegates.
The full development cost of the Conference Lodge (Lodge, bulk services and staff housing) amounting to R269,5 Million, is funded from the Infrastructure Development Grant.

***ENDS***

For previous media statements go to www.sanparks.org
Issued by South African National Parks Corporate Communications. Tel: 012 426 5170

For Media Enquiries:
William Mabasa: SANParks Acting Head of Communications Tel: 012 426 5170; Cell: 082 807 3919; Email: william.mabasa@sanparks.org
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Reynold “ReyT” Thakhuli: SANParks GM: Media, PR & Stakeholder Relations Tel: 012 426 5203; Cell: 073 373 4999; Email: rey.thakhuli@sanparks.org
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Re: What is the situation/progress with the proposed hotels in Kruger?

Post by Richprins » Sat Feb 18, 2017 7:00 pm

The pre-announcement was made a while ago, so here we are. O**

It is going to take an extremely long and disruptive time, with the normal cost overruns, but taxpayers are paying, so who cares. (2 Nkandlas, for the normal government parties, with dignitaries coming via Skuks airport, as KMIA is an uncomfortable journey away for them)

Tourists must not say they were not warned, from 8 years ago, including the cheerleaders. :evil:
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Re: What is the situation/progress with the proposed hotels in Kruger?

Post by RogerFraser » Sat Feb 18, 2017 8:19 pm

Yip the minister canceled media briefing on Rhino poaching this week but seemed quite happy to start the cash cow cow construction process today O** O**
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Re: What is the situation/progress with the proposed hotels in Kruger?

Post by Mel » Sat Feb 18, 2017 9:16 pm

So it becomes real now 0:

(What was the excuse for the minister to cancel that rhino poaching briefing? 0' )
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