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NISSAN SAVES THE RHINO

The Patrol vehicle that Nissan donated to Pilanesberg National Park worth R700 000.00

The management of Nissan went to the Pilanesberg National Park in the North West some time ago and realised that they needed to take part in the Saving the Rhino project.

 

The reason was that, even if their company is more into manufacturing cars, they also cared for the environment and would assist where there is a need. So they donated a vehicle to assist in catching the Rhino Poachers.

Ms Nthabiseng Motsepe - Head of Corporate Affairs (Nissan) Mr Wonga Mesatywa - Director for Corporate Affairs, Nissan South Africa Mr Jim Dando - Director of Sales Operations (Nissan) Mr Steve Dell the Ecologist and Assistant for the Rhino Protection Unit (Pilanesberg National Park)

Mr. Jim Dando, the Director for Sales Operating for Africa, explained how Rhino Poaching got to them as a company and they thought of taking a part and making a difference by assisting the team at the National Park with the Patrol Vehicle so that they will be able to react quicker in case there is a need or an alarm. He further said that Nissan saw it as appropriate and they also wanted to be an example to future generations. 

 

Mr Robert Gaolaolwe, the Acting Operations Manager of the Pilanesberg National Park, gave us a few minutes to share his experience and how the killing of rhinos has touched him and his team - especially when they are unable to come to the rhino's rescue and the National Park suffers because of the killings.  

Mr Robert Gaolaolwe the Acting Operations Manager for Pilanesberg National Park with one of our Journalist Tshego Monyamane

He thanked Nissan for the lovely gesture and said that at least because the park is so huge (about 56 000 hectares) then the vehicle will come in handy. "It was a great idea and it is really appreciated," he said.

 

The poachers are suspected to be people from outside - Mozambique to be exact - and horns are shipped from Mozambique to Asia where they are used. They are believed to come in through hot spots which the park’s staff has already identified and making their way through the park fence. Sometimes poachers come in as paying guests.

 

Mr Steve Dell, the Park Ecologist and Assistant for Rhino Protection Unit, thanked the major public support and said they as the Unit they will not give up. The vehicle came at the right time and they are expecting to make some arrests as they have already lost 66 rhinos in 6 years. 

 

The vehicle that Nissan donated is worth about R700,000.00 with all the conventions.

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