Free en­trance to SanParks next week

The New Age (Western Cape) - - Front Page - NONHLANHLA MASEKO

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.

Em­ploy­ees were re­cruited from 360 com­mu­ni­ties ad­ja­cent to na­tional parks.

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