Mat­ter of fact


TOURISM Month is in full swing, with South African Na­tional Parks (SANParks) once again of­fer­ing free en­try to its parks next week.

SANParks man­ages at leas 19 na­tional parks in seven prov­inces with a to­tal area of more than 4 mil­lion hectares.

Parks are pri­mar­ily self-fund­ing, gen­er­at­ing 80% of op­er­at­ing bud­gets from eco­tourism. SANParks CEO Fun­dis­ile Mketeni says tourism rev­enue grew by 14.5% this year.

SANParks, through its Ex­panded Pub­lic Works Pro­gramme, cre­ated more than 6000 per­ma­nent jobs dur­ing the past year through a range of projects such as the en­vi­ron­men­tal mon­i­tor pro­gramme. ON JUNE 12 The New Age pub­lished a story on page one ti­tled “Un­reg­is­tered ECD creches”. The fo­cus of the story was the threat posed by un­reg­is­tered early child­hood de­vel­op­ment cen­tres to the health and wel­fare of young chil­dren.

As part of the story we also pub­lished two pic­tures of Bram­ley Nurs­ery School as one of the of­fend­ing ECD cen­tres. The cap­tion on one of the pic­tures stated that the Bram­ley Nurs­ery School was the cen­tre where a child had died early last year.

It was sub­se­quently brought to our at­ten­tion that the Bram­ley Nurs­ery School is in fact a reg­is­tered ECD cen­tre and that there were no deaths at the school. The New Age ac­knowl­edges this er­ror and apol­o­gises un­re­servedly to the pro­pri­etors and staff of the Bram­ley Nurs­ery School for any em­bar­rass­ment and in­con­ve­nience caused. We wish to place on record that the pub­li­ca­tion of the picture was not in­ten­tional but rather a mix up that oc­curred dur­ing the pro­duc­tion process.

The in­ten­tion was to pub­lish pic­tures of the Rose Day Care Cen­tre which is lo­cated in the same area.

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