SANParks launches roadshows on economic transformation of Kruger National Park

SANParks will embark on a series of roadshows on economic transformation from Monday November 22 to the following Monday November 29.

These roadshows are aimed at small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) in the surrounding communities of the Kruger National Park (KNP). The roadshows will communicate the business opportunities available within KNP and provide guidance on how to access these opportunities through SANParks supply chain management.

“Although it is hit hard by the impact of Covid-19, the KNP has a responsibility to try to provide economic opportunities for businesses based in the communities surrounding the park.

“As a public entity, SANParks has to meet strict procurement requirements. One of the ways to open up access is to provide up-to-date and relevant information to businesses and communities to explain what SANParks can and cannot do, ”said Gareth Coleman, Managing Director of KNP.

“We try to be more open and transparent about the opportunities within the park and to explain future plans. We also want to know from small businesses how we might better serve them in the future. This is only the first small step that the park is taking on this journey.

This roadshow, which is a first for the KNP, also serves as a prelude to the KNP economic summit to be held before June 2022.

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Business owners who qualify to attend roadshows will be recruited through the respective park forums, People & Parks structures as well as district municipalities located along the PNK.

Target SMEs must meet the following criteria:
• The business must be located within a 200 km radius of the Kruger National Park.
• The business must have been in business for at least three years.
• The owner must be active in the business full time.
• They should provide an overview of the company they are in so that it can be compared to KNP opportunities.

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The roadshows will include around 480 participants from three district municipalities, Vhembe (local municipalities of Musina, Thulamela and Collins Chabane), Mopani (local municipalities of Grand Tzaneen, Ba-Phalaborwa and Maruleng) and Ehlanzeni (Bushbuckridge, Thaba Chweu, Town of Mbombela and Nkomazi local municipalities).

The dates and locations are as follows:



Forum / Zone


22 november

Awelani Conference Center outside Pafuri Gate

Makuya Forum


23 november

Christian Church Shrine Tabernacle outside Punda Maria

Hlanganani Forum


24 november

Mopani Rest Camp Conference Center

(front door: Phalaborwa)

Ba Phalaborwa Forum


25 november

Berg Conference Center in Dal Rest Camp

(entrance gate: Malelane)

Nkomazi Forum


November 26

Nombolo Mdhluli Conference Center in Skukuza

(front door: Paul Kruger)

Mahlambandlopfu and Ntirisano Forums


29 november

Nombolo Mdhluli Conference Center in Skukuza

(front door: Paul Kruger)

Lubambiswano Forum


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