South African National Parks (SANParks) has announced that a dispute over wages and conditions of employment has been resolved, bringing an end to the speculation about a looming strike, scheduled for September 20.

Rey Thakhuli, SANParks’ Acting Head of Communications, said that SANParks and the labour unions had settled the dispute on September 18, and the parties had immediately formalised the agreement that was reached.

“The details of the signed deal mean that workers will get an 8% salary adjustment and improved benefits,” he said.

The CEO of SANParks, Fundisile Mketeni, congratulated the negotiating teams on concluding the agreement, saying: “We are happy that the deal has been accepted by the majority unions (HOSPERSA and NUPSAW). It shows that the welfare of workers was put first.

“As an employer, we have tabled a fair and balanced offer that will not put jobs in jeopardy and will help the organisation to continue with its conservation mandate.

“We want to also encourage those intending to visit our parks that we are open for business. Come and enjoy your natural heritage.

“We are looking forward to working with the unions in future for the betterment of our people and the organisation,” concluded Mketeni.