South African National Parks (SANParks) yesterday signed a partnership agreement with Welgevonden Game Reserve (WGR). “The partnership comes at an opportune time to effectively enhance security, address socio-economic challenges and bolster development opportunities,” says Janine Raftopoulos, Head of Corporate Communications for SANParks
Welgevonden is a key ally for SANParks more especially in their efforts to proactively monitor access and egress of both vehicles and people through various points within the Greater Marakele Security Cluster (GMSC). The Welgevonden Game Reserve is a privately-owned reserve and has been proclaimed as a Protected Area in terms of the National Environment Management: Protected Areas Act (No. 57 of 2003).
The objectives of the partnerships are:
1. Environmental protection, by developing and coordinating capabilities which exist within SANParks, Marakele National Park (MNP) andWelgevonden for the protection of the local communities, land owners and all species of fauna and flora, by enhancing the effectiveness of management authorities and resources;
2. Address socio-economic challenges and prospects in local communities around MNP and Welgevonden, where poor conditions are further impacted by established and developing criminal networks;