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Notice of intention to withdraw portions of land declared as part of the Karoo National Park

8 March 2019

On 8 March 2019, the Minister of Environmental Affairs gave notice of his intention to withdraw portions of land declared as part of the Karoo National Park in terms of the National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act, 2003.

The reason for the notice of intention to withdraw are as follows:

South African National Parks (SANParks) acquired land parcels through an agreement with National Parks Trust of South Africa (NPTSA) for inclusion into Karoo National Park. It was specified in the Agreement that, should the Agreement be terminated for whatever reason, the acquired land parcels must be return to the sole control of the NPTSA. The identified land parcels were then declared as part of the Karoo National Park in terms of a Government Notice No. 26615 dated 30 July 2004. Subsequent to the declaration, the NPTSA entered into land exchange agreement with MM Scholtz Family Trust (the Trust) on 18 April 2006 to further consolidate the southern boundary of Karoo National Park on the Beaufort West- Fraserburg Road to facilitate SANParks’ fencing and general management of the national park.

Section 24 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996

Everyone has the right to an environment that is not harmful to their health or well-being; and to have the environment protected, for the benefit of present and future generations, through reasonable legislative and other measures that prevent pollution and ecological degradation; promote conservation; and secure ecologically sustainable development and use of natural resources while promoting justifiable economic and social development.

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