Project Rhino anti-poaching wing takes delivery of sponsored tractor and slasher

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Frik Venter from Stefanutti Stocks hands over the keys to the tractor to Jabulani Goqo (ZAP Wing Hanger Assistant) and Sheelagh Antrobus (Project Rhino KZN Coordinator) looking on.

Project Rhino’s Zululand anti-poaching (or ZAP) wing has officially taken delivery of a R200 000 tractor and slasher, donated by Stefanutti Stocks Roads & Earthworks.

The event held at ZAP headquarters at Hluhluwe was attended by representatives from the African Conservation Trust, Project Rhino KZN, the Zululand Anti-Poaching Wing, Project Rhino ambassador Kingsley Holgate, Stefanutti Stocks representatives and Hluhluwe Primary School’s principal and learners.

(back row, left to right): Hluhluwe Primary School principal Louis van der Walt), Carl Grossmann (Chairman of African Conservation Trust), Kingsley Holgate (Project Rhino KZN ambassador), Francois du Toit (CEO of African Conservation Trust), Frik Venter (MD of Stefanutti Stocks RPM), Derek du Plessis (Stefanutti Stocks Roads & Earthworks Director), Etienne Gerber (Chief Pilot ZAP Wing) and Peter Walters (LinkPin). Front, from left to right are pupils from Hluhluwe Primary School and Jabulani Goqo from the ZAP Wing.


“Our group undertakes to support initiatives and communities within the geographic locations of our projects and operations,” says Frik Venter, managing director of Stefanutti Stocks Roads, Pipelines & Mining Services (RPM). “We hope our contribution to Project Rhino will assist them in maintaining their infrastructure; support them in their mission to eliminate poaching in KwaZulu Natal, and will also inspire other corporates to get involved where they can.“

The equipment will be used to mow the grass at the 1,2km runway and helicopter landing area at the Hluhluwe airstrip. The grass, particularly during the summer months, must be mown on a weekly basis to ensure the ZAP-wing aircraft can take off and land safely whilst providing aerial anti-poaching surveillance patrols, reaction and operations support to 26 game reserves in Zululand.

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