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Unitrans Volkswagen are committed to making a sustainable difference in the war against poaching.
Each month they pledge funds to the Unite against Poaching trust. The amount is proportioned according to their vehicle sales in the group and reflects both new and pre-owned vehicles.
This fantastic contribution is used 100% in the fight against poaching within SANPArks and there are NO administrative costs.
Customers who have purchased vehicles in February can be proud of the whopping R 73 600 which was handed over on 1st March at Klerksdorp Volkswagen. The rhinos in our country certainly need all the help possible ion the onslaught aginst oiur rhinos.
THANK YOU Unitrans Volkswagen!!
Johan Botha, Dealer Principal of Klerksdorp Volkswagen, hands over the cheque to John Botha of the SANParks Honorary Rangers, Bankenveld region
Minister Edna Molewa marked World Wildlife Day with the handover of rhino to the Mdluli Tribal Authority, Mpumalanga
Kgosi Isaac Mdluli of the Mdluli Tribal Authority received the rhino during a ceremonial handover from the Minister. The rhino is one of five rhino being donated by SANParks to the Mdluli Tribal Authority as part of the community’s contribution to conserving these magnificent animals. The relocation of the rhino to Mdluli community land is an example of the sustainable utilisation of our country’s natural resources. It has become international practice to engage and involve communities in the conservation of natural heritage to ensure there is a buy-in into the conservation idea, and thus greater success in conserving our environment.
The land of the Mdluli Community, which straddles the Kruger National Park, was successfully restored to the community in 1998. This land is now part of a development partnership between the community and the Kruger National Park and has included the establishment of viable wildlife populations managed by the community. With the future of the rhino being threatened by unscrupulous poachers, the role of local communities plays an important role in ensuring that these criminal are brought to book. Current analysis has revealed that a significant number of poaching incidents originate from around the Mdluli area.
The Minister said the donation of the rhino to the Mdluli community should serve as an incentive to encourage all communities to help in the fight against rhino poaching. It is hoped that ownership of these animals will promote awareness and increase the wildlife ecotourism potential of the community’s land. “By placing the future of these five rhino in your care enhances the government’s belief and policy that the animals in national parks, provincial and private game reserves, are owned by all South Africans. This means that we all need to ensure they are protected for future generations,” said Minister Molewa.
The Minister joined the Mayor Mbombela, members of the Mduli Tribal Authority, members of the Matimbela, Nkambeni, Daatjie, Hoxani and Msogwaba Tribal Authorities and learners at Pretoriuskop in the Kruger National Park today (3 March 2014) to celebrate the first international World Wildlife Day.
The Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa, has urged communities, particularly those adjacent to the Kruger National Park, to be vigilant and report any suspect activities that are linked to rhino poaching.
Unite against Poaching is delighted with the amazing gesture from award winning photographer Veronica Coetzer. She has launched beautiful Postcards from Africa and the beneficiary from the sale of these stunning artworks is Unite against Poaching. Thank you Veronica. For information on how to be the proud owner of these collector artworks, go to www.postcardsfromafrica.co.za
As the final figures of the carnage against our rhinos becomes clear, we can only be horrified that this kind of slaughter is taking place. Words cannot express the sadness and desperation at this decimation of our rhinos.
We at Unite against Poaching, with our partners the SANParks Honorary Rangers, are doing everything possible to stem this tsunami of attacks against our precious wildlife. Every effort is made to ensure that the funds are used wisely and with maximum effect in this war against poaching. We are doing our level best to ensure that our national heritage is preserved for future generations.
Set against these staggering statistics for 2013 of 1004, it requires supreme effort to remain motivated and positive that we are indeed doing the right thing and that we should continue doing all we can to make a difference in this war. We wish to place on record our heartfelt thanks to the SANParks Honorary Rangers and specifically the Conservation Services for facilitating the deployment of the Unite against Poaching funds to where they are contributing to the war on poaching.
We also need to thank the public who continue to support the Unitrans Volkswagen dealerships. By supporting them you are directly helping to save our rhinos. Without your backing we would not be able to continue this all important intervention. We need your continued support to be able to sustain this effort.
We cannot give up! We need your support, please continue to Unite against Poaching !!