19 August, 2014
Isuzu Off-Road Academy to assist Rhino Revolution
Anti-poaching initiative to receive support and training in an effort to curb ongoing rhino poaching in Hoedspruit region
18 AUGUST 2014 -
This month the Isuzu Off-Road
Academy joined members of Rhino Revolution as a logistics partner,
providing funding to assist with locating and capturing rhino, as part
of a major dehorning and DNA collection programme in Hoedspruit,
Rhino Revolution is a non-governmental organisation which was founded
in 2011 by concerned community members and rhino owners. The Rhino
Revolution project has initiated a 7-point plan which underscores a
long-term vision to protect and grow the population of rhino back to
Key aspects include dehorning and treatment of all surviving rhino in
order to relieve the threat of poaching in the short term, to seek out
intelligence and information on poaching activity, to utilise the most
innovative and advanced technologies to track and monitor rhino
movement, and maximise efforts in ensuring the apprehension of poachers
and the enforcement of the maximum possible sentence terms.
"The state of rhino poaching in South Africa is at an extreme level
and we as South Africans have to do everything in our power to put an
end to this brutal and cruel trade. Isuzu, through the Off-Road Academy,
is well placed to lend a helping hand to this cause by providing driver
training as well as logistics support to the anti-poaching rangers
working with the rhino project," says Mlungisi Nonkonyana, Isuzu Brand
Manager at General Motors South Africa.
The project, which also takes on a strong community focus, seeks
further to involve the media and community in the broadest context to
heighten a zero-tolerance approach to poaching, and to educate the
people of the region at a grass roots level on the value of wildlife
tourism to the local economy.
"We have given the go-ahead for the Isuzu Off-Road Academy to conduct
a two day off-road driver training course with 20 rangers from Rhino
Revolution. This will be a valuable skill for the organisation as most
of the rangers are drawn from the local community in Hoedspruit and have
no prior off-road driving experience," concludes Nonkonyana.
For more information on Rhino Revolution, visit www.rhino-revolution.com. Isuzu Off-Road Academy courses are also available to the public - visit www.isuzu.co.za or call 011 431 2000 for more information.