The South African National Parks (SANParks) has postponed its annual free access week until November due to concerns over COVID-19 cases across the country.

The week-long campaign is aimed at providing South Africans an opportunity to visit the national park for free.

SANParks spokesperson Ike Phaahla says this decision was taken for the safety of both guests and their employees in all the parks across the country. Phaahla says a new date will be announced in due cause.

“The reason behind the postponement is because of the current pandemic we have the intention was to launch it at Addo National Park which is the Eastern Cape and looking at the numbers during the month of September. We felt for the safety of patrons the safety of our staff and operators is better to postpone it and it was then decided that it would be too risky to have an official launch,” Ike Phaahla said.

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