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Photo: Kruger Park

Cork Trust strike: Protesters force closure of Paul Kruger Gate

Guests have been advised to use alternative gates until further notice.

paul kruger gate

Photo: Kruger Park

South African National Parks (SANParks) revealed in a statement, on Wednesday, that the Paul Kruger Gate would remain closed due to protest action in the area.

What is the cause of protest near KNP?

This follows a notice that was issued by the Kruger National Park (KNP) on Tuesday, of a possible strike led by community members from Cork Trust.

“We’ve been reliably informed that the community members of Cork Trust are planning to close the R536 road to Skukuza tomorrow morning on 2019/07/10 at about 04:00, which will affect Kruger Gate,” KNP noted in a statement.

It appears that the protests have commenced as expected on Wednesday, forcing the closure of Paul Kruger Gate.

Paul Kruger Gate closed: Alternatives for visitors

The body responsible for managing South Africa’s national parks issued a notice informing visitors of the fact that access to the gate has been revoked until further notice.

“Guests travelling to and from the Kruger National Park are hereby advised that Kruger Gate is inaccessible due to protests, today, 10 July 2019. The protests are taking place at Cork Trust, on the R536 road, leading to Kruger Gate,” SANParks noted in a statement.

Visitors have been advised to use alternative gates such as Phabeni and Numbi Gate in the meantime.

When probed on the issue, SANParks spokesperson, Isaac Phaahla revealed that as far as they know, the ongoing protest action is not related to the current labour dispute they are embroiled in with their staff.

Commuters also took to social media to reveal that a bus was being used to block the road.

At this point, it is not clear what has fuelled the protest action.