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Media Release: UNITRANS VW & Audi boost SANParks anti rhino poaching efforts

Date: 20th July 2012

Pretoria: The Unite Against Poaching campaign, managed under the wing of UNITRANS Volkswagen & Audi and the SANParks Honorary Rangers, has generously sponsored a customized Volkswagen Amarok dog unit single cab bakkie worth over R400 000 to the South African National Parks (SANParks) to be used in the anti-poaching efforts in the Kruger National.

Accepting the sponsored vehicle at SANParks Head Office in Pretoria, SANParks CEO, Dr David Mabunda said the ongoing scourge of rhino poaching in our country is an area of concern to government and ordinary people in villages and cities, including corporate South Africa… "it is therefore with great humility and sense of pride that SANParks accepts the generosity presented by UNITRANS Volkswagen & Audi – this is proof that together we can do more to win the fight against rhino poaching."

He said rhino poaching is a crime that is undoubtedly fuelled by a thriving black market trade in rhino horn. Since January this year, a total of 281 Rhinos have been poached, with 164 of them in the Kruger National Park. "It is worrying that we are still losing such a high number of rhinos throughout the country.  However the most encouraging area in this whole saga is the increasing number of arrests, which stand at 176 for the country of which 39 were arrests made in the Kruger National Park, and the steeper sentences that are being imposed on convicted criminals."

"This sponsorship today signifies an increasing cooperation from the public which we hope will result in successful investigation, effect more arrests and ultimately realise more successful convictions of the perpetrators." 

The UNITRANS Volkswagen & Audi, Divisional Chief Executive, Mr. Kevin Gillmer said the survival of South Africa’s natural heritage truly lies in the people of South Africa, which includes business.  

"It is therefore our belief at UNITRANS Volkswagen & Audi that the involvement and participation of all segments of society, including corporate South Africa, in the fight against the onslaught on our rhino population will assist us immensely in the building of partnerships that are in support of the conservation of our country’s heritage. It will also act as a conduit to strengthening relationships with the South African citizens, and this will further inculcate a sense of being a true South African in the minds of many citizens."

Unite Against Poaching Donation
National Chairperson of the South African National Parks Honorary Rangers, Prof Janssen Davies, South African National Parks CEO, Dr David Mabunda and UNITRANS Volkswagen & Audi, Divisional Chief Executive, Kevin Gillmer 

Unite Against Poaching Donation 
RHINO POACHERS BEWARE: UNITRANS Volkswagen & Audi, Divisional Chief Executive, Kevin Gillmer with South African National Parks CEO, Dr David Mabunda at the official handover of the customized Volkswagen Amarok dog unit single cab bakkie for Kruger National Park

Issued jointly by all partners

Media Enquiries:  Reynold “Rey” Thakhuli
SANParks General Manager: Media Liaison
Tel: 012 426 5203
Mobile: 073 373 4999                                  

Linda Joyce: UNITRANS VW & Audi: Marketing Systems Administrator
Tel: 011 795 5000
Mobile: 082 557 9183

Louis Lemmer: PR & Media SANParks Honorary Rangers
Tel: 012 567 5580


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