SANParks seeks Kruger hotel partner

8 July 2009

South African National Parks is inviting bids for a public-private partnership to build a hotel outside the world-famous Kruger National Park, at the confluence of the Matjulu and Crocodile Rivers near the Malalane entrance gate.

“SANParks is looking to generate money for itself, to alleviate poverty through job creation for the communities around the Malalane entrance gate, to develop the community, and to promote tourism, biodiversity protection and conservation,” said SANParks spokesperson Ronald Thakhuli.

The hotel was initially to be built within the park’s boundaries, but SANParks has since decided to move its location. “There has been opposition to building the hotel inside the park, and we are still conducting research to find a suitable location for it,” Thakhuli said.

Submitting bids

Interested parties are required to submit detailed bids containing specific financial, functional and black economic empowerment proposals.

The bid winner will also be responsible for conducting an environmental impact assessment.

“The winning bidder will be granted commercial use rights, enabling it to design, finance, build, operate and maintain the tourism attraction for a likely period to provide a fair return on their investment,” Thakhuli said.

“The partner will also have to meet development, operational and broad-based black economic empowerment obligations, as well as pay SANParks a [public-private partnership] fee.”

The submissions should be handed in at SANParks offices at 643 Leyds Street, Muckleneuk, Pretoria, by no later than Friday, 28 August 2009. More information is available from from Annemi van Jaarsveld on (012) 426-5027.

Source: BuaNews