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.