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Thorp Motor Group Boosts African Penguin Conservation

Date: 2007-06-07

The Thorp Motor Group supplied Table Mountain National Park with an Opel Corsa Utility for Penguin Rescue in a deal brokered by iKapa Honorary Rangers. The vehicle, based at Boulders Penguin Colony in Simons Town, will be used to transport penguins injured or washed up on the beaches of Table Mountain National Park.

The Boulders Penguin Colony is the only breeding colony of African Penguins on the mainland within the limits of a city. The African penguin is also the 2007 Bird of the Year.

“This sponsorship by Thorp Motor Group will vastly improve our coverage of beaches within the Park, helping us save the lives of countless penguins that get washed up, especially during the winter months when storms batter our shores. Rescued birds will be rehabilitated by SANCCOB before being returned to their natural environment,” commented Gavin Bell, Area Manager South, Table Mountain National Park. “As a token of our appreciation to our sponsors we would like to present a WILD CARD to each sponsor so that they may enjoy Table Mountain National Park.”

“The Thorp Group is based in Cape Town and is proud to be able to support this worthy conservation cause. Table Mountain National Park is a natural world heritage site, for all people of Cape Town, South Africa and the world, and needs the support of the public and businesses in Cape Town. With two of our operations based in the South Peninsula, one in Plumstead and one in Fish Hoek, it was natural for our company to support South African National Parks and the Penguin Colony by supplying this Corsa Ute,” commented Nicky Thorp, Managing Director of The Thorp Group.

Insurance for the vehicle has been sponsored by Frontline Underwriting Managers. “Recently starting up in the Western Cape, this is an ideal opportunity for us to support an important conservation initiative by the Thorp Group and Table Mountain National Park” commented James Bonner General Manager, Frontline Underwriting Managers.


Norman Hadskins from General Motors South Africa, Robert Thorp Joint MD  Thorp Motor Group, Sue Smith Chair Person iKapa Honorary Rangers, Gavin Bell, Table Mountain National Park- South and John Elford Honorary Ranger pose in front of the Corsa Utility presented to TMNP by The Thorp Motor Group, at a breakfast at the Boulders Penguin Colony.

Monique Ruttenberg the Section Ranger for the Boulders Penguin Colony seated in the new Corsa Utility presented to Table Mountain National Park for Penguin rescue by The Thorp Motor Group.

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John Elford

iKapa Honorary Rangers

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