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Media Release: KNP Rangers get pampered for their hard work
Date: 12th December 2013
The IMPERIAL Retail Logistics team together with the SANParks Honorary Rangers donated 500 Christmas hampers to Kruger National Park Rangers today, 12 December 2013 in Skukuza. This donation which is valued R620,000 is a token of appreciation for the hard work demonstrated by the KNP Rangers, especially in the fight against the rhino poaching scourge.
"During our team's visit to the Kruger Park in August this year, we got to grips with the massive effort that is needed to protect the Rhino population. "We decided to contribute by donating food hampers to the families of those who work so passionately especially the KNP Rangers" said Friedel Spies, Commercial Director form IMPERIAL Retail Logistics.
"As IMPERIAL we are proud to be associated with this important initiative and salute all the individuals who are making a difference in the conservation and the protection for the Rhino population in South Africa. KNP Rangers spend most of their working hours camping in the bush looking after this beautiful heritage and a donation such as this one will be the appropriate taking to consideration their working environment. We would like to commit today that IMPEIRAL will continue with this kind to donation to KNP Rangers every year." concluded Friedel Spies, Commercial Director from IMPERIAL Retail Logistics.
"Rangers are, and will always be key to our operation as a national park and their efforts for the last few years wherein rhino poaching has escalated to an unprecedented scale in the country cannot be overlooked. We are delighted to have partners like IMPERIAL Retail Logistics coming on board to motivate our field rangers during this very difficult times" said General Johan Jooste, Officer Commanding of Special Projects in his response message.
The KNP is divided into 22 ranger sections, each section managed by a Section Ranger who is assisted by an average of 20 field rangers. Gone are those days where rangers use to look after the park and on daily basis, by conducting daily patrols, looking out for snares, signs of poaching activity and report on other eventualities such as erosion, alien plants and the total integrity of our environment only, today they are anti-poaching force. Law enforcement and community relations are some of the efforts that also form part of the rangers’ duties.
(Middle) Commanding Officer: Special Projects- SANParks, Major General Johan Jooste., (left) Acting Regional Ranger: Mr Neels Van Wyk, Section Ranger Skukuza receives Christmas Hamper from (mid-right)Mr Andre van der Merwe: Vice Chair Person of National Executive Committee and (mid-left) Friedel Spies, Commercial Director from IMPERIAL Retail Logistics
Skukuza Section Ranger: (mid-left) Ndwakhulu Mutobvu and Given Chiloane, (left) Field Ranger Skukuza poses in front of the donated food items with (mid-right)Mr Andre van der Merwe: Vice Chair Person of National Executive Committee and (right) Friedel Spies, Commercial Director from IMPERIAL Retail Logistics.
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