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South African National Parks & iSimangaliso Wetland Park on their mandate, objectives and challenges as well as envisaged Legislation, with Minister

Author: J Mthembu

The Committee, with the Minister of Environmental Affairs in attendance, was briefed by the South African National Parks (SANParks) and the iSimangaliso Wetland Park on the mandate, objectives and challenges relating to these entities. The objective of the meeting was for Members to get a better understanding on what it was these entities did to assist the Committee on its imperative oversight function.

SANParks began the briefing by looking at the constitutional and legislative context of the entity, international conventions and SANParks in relation to Outcome 10 of the National Development Plan (NDP). The presentation also looked at the vision and mission of the entity, its high-level structure, business architecture, strategic focus and challenges.

The briefing by iSimangaliso outlined the unique nature of the wetland in terms of being a world heritage site, biological biodiversity, unique ecological processes and superlative natural phenomena. The presentation also looked at the vision and mission of the entity, park redevelopment, education, co-management and revenue sharing, tourism skills development and a tourism platform before briefing touching on some financial analysis for the current financial year.

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