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Department congratulates new SANParks CEO

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The Department of Environmental Affairs has congratulated Fundisile Mketeni on his appointment as Chief Executive Officer of South African National Parks (SANParks).

Cabinet approved the appointment of Mketeni as the CEO of SANParks on a five-year contract at its meeting on 22 October 2014.

Mketeni has extensive experience in conservation management, having been a conservation career professional.

According to the department, he has spearheaded the country’s biodiversity agenda for the last 10 years as the Deputy Director-General responsible for Biodiversity and Conservation in the Department of Environmental Affairs.

“The department would like to thank Mketeni for his excellent service and dedication to the conservation of our rich biological diversity. We are looking forward to working with Mketeni as he moves SANParks into the future. In the face of the ongoing challenges of rhino poaching, we have faith in Mketeni’s abilities to address the scourge head-on,” the department said.

Mketeni said he welcomed the confidence placed in him by the SANParks Board, the Minister and the country as a whole.

“I am looking forward to serving the country and committed to continuing with the good work and also to positioning the organisation as a lead agent in conservation nationally, regionally and globally,” he said.

Mketeni holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Management and has 25 years’ experience in the field of Environmental Management and Biodiversity and Conservation.

He brings with him a wealth of experience in the development and management of protected areas, tourism development and management, conservation of biodiversity and public sector management.

He started his career as a trainee manager and manager for some of the Eastern Cape Reserves, later moving to SANParks as the park manager of the Addo Elephant National Park. He worked at Addo at a time when major tourism developments, concessions and community beneficiation initiatives were being undertaken.

Mketeni’s career at SANParks saw him serve as the Chief Operating Officer for the 19 National Parks, except the Kruger National Park and acted as Executive Director:  Parks before taking up the position of DDG: Biodiversity and Conservation in the Department of Environmental Affairs in 2004. –

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