SANParks going cash-free from September

SANParks going cash-free from September

South African National Parks has announced that 12 of its 20 parks will be going cash-free from 1 September. 

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The cash-free payment system will be implemented in a two-phased approached with the first 12 parks implementing the system from September, while the remaining parks will follow in the 2022/ 23 financial year.

SANParks CFO Dumisani Dlamini says this new system is ideal and convenient.

“It comes with many benefits in particular for the guest that visit our parks, going digital has convenience, you don’t have to carry lots of cash and you don’t have to queue at ATMS and it is a good risk mitigation because if you lose your cash you can’t recover it.”

Listen to Dlamini below:

The new cash-free system will go live from 1 September but Dlamini says there will be a grace period.

“We will not be accepting cash from the 1st of September but there is a grace period between 1 September and 1 December. We are encouraging all our guest not to bring cash to our parks but from the 1st of December we will not accepting any form of cash, this is then we will request our clients to use all digital platforms to be able to process their booking with SANParks.”

The 12 parks which will go cash free from September include Garden Route (consisting of Knysna, Wilderness and Tsitsikamma), Table Mountain as well as Mapungubwe in Limpopo.


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