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Media Release: KNP Rangers receive protective eyewear

Date: 2010-08-30

Date: 2010-08-30

The HOD: Finance, Victor Makhubedu today (Monday, August 30, 2010) officially received 300 pairs of protective eyewear for each ranger in the Park from CAT International at the Skukuza Conference Centre on behalf of KNP Management.

CAT decided to donate the sunglasses to the KNP rangers and Environmental Crime Investigating Unit as a sign of support for the good work that they are doing in fighting rhino poaching.

Victor Makhubedu in his acceptance speech said “this day marks the beginning of what I believe is going to be a long lasting relationship between SANParks and CAT”. “We really appreciate it so much and we are delighted to have CAT coming in on our side to assist us during this very difficult time that we are faced with”.

“Our rangers are out there in the bush to ensure that they flush out all the poachers that are roaming our park. They spend the whole day out there with their eyes wide open so that they do not miss one poacher; hence we believe that this eyewear donation came at the time when we needed it the most”. “The sunglasses will definitely go a long way in protecting the rangers’ eyes during their patrols out there in the bush”; continued Makhubedu.

CAT representative, Brandon Winnaar thanked the KNP rangers and the Environmental Crime Investigating Unit for their commitment and dedication to protecting the KNP’s rhinos. “With the hot weathers on this side of the country, we believe that the sunglasses will assist the rangers to perform to their best during their patrols of the park”, said Winnaar.

All KNP rangers and members of the anti poaching unit will receive one of these protective sunglasses.

The KNP is divided into 22 ranger sections, each section managed by a Section Ranger who is assisted by an average of 12 field rangers. Over and above these 22 sections, we also have four Regional Rangers who are managing a number of sections as well and these numbers including Environmental Crime Investigating Unit brings the number to approximately 300 members who will receive a pair of sunglasses today.

Issued by:

Laura, Media Relations Practitioner, Kruger National Park. Contact: Tel: (013) 735 4262, cell: 082 807 1441 or email:

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