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Media Release: Unitrans Volkswagen steps up again to fight rhino poaching

Date: 1st October 2013

27 September 2013 - Unitrans Volkswagen is the proud establisher of the Unite against Poaching initiative. The handing over of this 4 x 4 Volkswagen Amarok  by Kevin Gillmer , Divisional Chief Executive of Unitrans Volkswagen, to Major General Johan Jooste, Officer Commanding Special Projects Kruger National Park, confirms our sustained commitment to ensuring that the field rangers on the ground have the skills and equipment to allow them to continue their fight against Rhino poaching.  This vehicle will facilitate General Jooste having access to all areas of the Kruger National Park in his on-going battle against the scourge of rhino poaching. 

Unite against Poaching have also just renewed the 4 X 4 Volkswagen Amarok, which is already in use for the ground transport of the Unitrans Volkswagen Tracker Hounds Unit in the Kruger National Park.  These tracker hounds have been identified as a significant weapon in the counter poaching arsenal and we are extremely proud to be associated with this particular initiative.

It is in the knowledge that a well-trained and equipped field ranger is one of the most significant weapons in the war against poaching that we confirm our commitment to fighting poaching in our country. Unitrans Volkswagen, through the Unite against Poaching fund are honoured to have been able to contribute over R 6 million to the fight against rhino poaching, within SANParks. Together with the SANParks Honorary Rangers we will continue to empower the dedicated field rangers in our National Parks in the protection of our rhinos.  Unitrans Volkswagen certainly proudly stands up to our motto to “Unite against Poaching”.  Details on the website www.uniteagainstpoaching.co.za

Unitrans fight rhino poaching
Seen at the Vehicle handover L to R:  John Turner (Conservation Services, SANParks Honorary Rangers) , Maj general Johan Jooste (Officer Commanding Special projects, Kruger National Park), Kevin Gillmer ( Divisional Chief Executive, Unitrans Volkswagen).

Unitrans fight rhino poaching
The Unitrans Tracker Hounds, already out in the field with the replacement Amarok 4x4.

Issued by:    
South African National Parks (SANParks) Corporate Communications
Tel: 012 426 5170

Enquiries:    
Reynold “Rey” Thakhuli
SANParks General Manager: PR, Media and Stakeholder Relations
Tel: 012 426 5203; Cell: 073 373 4999
Email: rey.thakhuli@sanparks.org 

or                        

Linda Joyce
Unitrans Volkswagen: Marketing System Administrator
Tel: 011 795 5000; Cell: 082 557 9183
Email: ljoyce@unitransmotors.co.za

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