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Under the remit of the UNDP-GEF 5 Project, Improving Management Effectiveness of the Protected Area Network that is currently being implemented by the South African National Parks (SANParks), we seek to identify and pursue forms of technical assistance to address the financial sustainability of protected areas. Of concern in South Africa’s protected areas is the need for capacity building of land claimants and post-settlement beneficiation support. A case in point is the Kruger National Park (KNP) where almost quarter of the total park, through restitution of land rights programme has been claimed successfully.
In December 2008, Cabinet approved equitable redress as the means of settling land claims within the Kruger National Park. This decision was based on the following principles;
That a beneficiation scheme must form part of the equitable redress model in order to ensure fair and equitable compensation for the claimant communities,
Beneficiation should be tangible, realistic and optimal,
Settlement should uphold the principles of economic viability, financial sustainability and holistic management of protected areas (conservation),
Post settlement phase should be compatible with conservation and protected areas legislation; and
Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment is essential
In 2016, the Kruger National Park settlement agreements signed with the land claimants comprised of 1) financial compensation and 2) beneficiation scheme aimed at creating economic development opportunities for the claimants and stimulating much needed economic activities in the affected municipal areas where they reside. The development fund which is part of the financial compensation and the main targeted amount for the services of Asset/Fund Manager has already been paid to the beneficiaries.
The UNDP is requiring the assistance of a suitably qualified and experienced service provider to support the UNDP South Africa on behalf of the Kruger National Park land claims beneficiaries in developing, issuing, recommending and awarding the contract for Asset/Fund Management. The Procurement Consulting firm is expected to develop a tender document including governance, process and technical specification for the Fund Management tender. It is expected that the firm will work closely with the identified team and ensure that the governance process is in line with the institution’s procurement policy. This process will be implemented through the Kruger Project Management Unit (PMU) which is responsible for the day to day running of the program.