Game parks face closure after rates rocket

TWO game parks may be forced to close their gates, or hike their prices, after losing their annual rates rebates from the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality because of an ambiguous line in a property rates policy.

Over the years, the policy has given the Kragga Kamma Game Park and Seaview Predator Park a 75% discount on normal business and commercial property rates.

But for the 2013-2014 financial year, a new policy states that the parks should be used “predominantly” as game parks with the “sole purpose” of viewing of animals.

The contradictory wording has created confusion among municipal staff, who have refused to grant any discounts to the two game parks because both have restaurants and/or curio shops. The metro has ruled that this is not using the parks for the “sole purpose” of viewing animals. – Rochelle de Kock

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10 thoughts on “Game parks face closure after rates rocket

  • March 15, 2014 at 8:41 pm
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    WHAT NEXT – this is a beautiful day out for both visitors and locals and besides Kragga Kamma Game Farm employ the local staff enabling them to feed their families.

    Should we not encourage visitors to our “Friendly” city so that we can continue to support our people.

    Besides the game farm is a BEAUTIFUL ATTRACTION to Port Elizabeth, especially Theescombe – let us WELCOME VISITORS

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  • March 11, 2014 at 9:18 am
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    I love the Kragga Kamma Game Park and take all our friends from abroad there on their visits and they love it too, it will be a very sad day to see them close. You can even have a braai there where the warthogs and bucks run freely – where can tourists ever see and experience the wild like this. I think the tourist shop is also a great thing to have as they are very big on concervation of our most treasured Rhino and sell clothing and things to support the fight agains Rhino poaching. Most game farms have a restaurant and curio shop.

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  • March 10, 2014 at 9:04 pm
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    A reaction from The Ntherlands: We visited Kragga Kamma twice and love it. Closing this game park is a serious loss for Port Elizabeth. Citizens wake upmand keep it open!

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  • March 10, 2014 at 6:27 pm
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    I visited Seaview Predator Park in September as being an ex-local Port Elizabethan and never been before. It was lovely and such a pity that they get this thrown at them where locals should be encouraged more to go to places like KK Game Park & Seaview. I lived next door to KK in years gone by and visited when had guests as the game parks out of PE cost a fortune for the locals to go to and get to!!!

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  • March 10, 2014 at 4:26 pm
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    Oh my goodness, what next. This most affordable entrance fee for all citizens of Port Elizabeth and surrounds is now being taken away. No more family outing with children and grandparents to ths beautiful park, no more of spoiling same with a meal or ice cream. What next!!!

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  • March 10, 2014 at 3:09 pm
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    Wow I have taking guests from overseas to Kragga Kamma and Seaview Game Park for years. These are great tourist attractions for PE this will be very sad for Port Elizabeth.

    Jackie

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  • March 10, 2014 at 2:31 pm
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    Come on, whats their core bussiness ? The average visitor spend 3 – 4 hours. That without a drink & something to nibble on. Should start selling refreshments from the verge @ their entrances – that would also be tax free.

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  • March 10, 2014 at 2:26 pm
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    Another mess up by the Municipality !!

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  • March 10, 2014 at 10:15 am
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    this is nit-picking supreme. we employ ignorant people who can not think for themselves. it stands to reason that most, if not all game farms have a curio shop and or resturant to cater to the needs of the tourist. what is this municipality trying to do? there are supposed to be job cteation going on and not job extermenation. we must get our act together as these stupid decisions impact on many lives at the end of the day. the elections or coming soon and we need to vote right and give someone with the ability to run this municipality a chance. your vote can make the difference. it only takes one vote to tip the scales. Dallas

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  • March 10, 2014 at 9:14 am
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    Another blow for Tourism in Nelson Mandela Bay – soon we will have nothing for to show our visitors!

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