Anti-poaching equipment to the value of R2,7 million has been handed over by the SANParks Honorary Rangers (SHR) to SANParks during an event at Phalaborwa on 26 September 2017.
Saint-Gobain Gyproc, the world-renowned manufacturer and supplier of environmentally friendly gypsum-based plasters, ceiling and interior walling systems, such as Gyproc RhinoBoard and RhinoLite, shouldered the lion’s share of the sponsorship and donated R1 million to SANParks anti-rhino poaching campaign. Paul Louw, Saint-Gobain Gyproc Product Manager (Value Added Board Systems), stated that this R1 million donation represents only the first instalment of at least three similar sponsorships over a three year period.
Ken Maggs, Head Ranger of the Kruger National Park, gratefully accepted the donation of anti-poaching equipment, expressing his sincerest gratitude to Saint-Gobain Gyproc for sponsoring nature conservation and specifically the battle against rhino and elephant poaching in South Africa. Ken Maggs also expressed his appreciation for the generous efforts of the SANParks Honorary Rangers in their quest to assist SANParks as eco-volunteers. He emphasised the close and valued cooperation between the SHR and SANParks, highlighting the fact that this cooperation has existed for twenty-five years.
The exceptional value of the sponsorship received from Saint-Gobain Gyproc was also emphasised by Phillip Strauss, SHR National Chairperson. He also complimented various SHR Regions for the tremendous effort they contributed, with special reference to SHR West Rand Region, which raised R100,000.00 in sponsorship funding. He also thanked SHR Bushveld Region and SHR Lowveld Region for their untiring efforts in this regard and specifically John Turner, National Chairperson, SHR Conservation Services, for his sterling efforts.
Phillip Strauss explained that the SHR is, in fact, the primary South African National Parks volunteer organisation and is a registered public benefit and non-profit organisation, committed to conservation in support of SANParks. SHR functions according to an official agreement with SANParks and is formally endorsed and recognised by SANParks as the preferred channel for public support towards the South African National Parks.
The activities of all SHR are directed at safeguarding the future sustainability of South Africa’s national parks. The SHR render their service to nature conservation on a totally voluntary basis and do not request any financial support or remuneration for their services. As is practice with all SHR projects - in particular, those that support activities such as this rhino anti-poaching initiative - all financial contributions received are utilised to promote conservation in South African National Parks. No public money or any donations and sponsorships are used to run the administrative and organisational activities of the SHR.
SANParks Honorary Rangers serve on the front-line of SANParks’ battle against poachers - who are backed by international crime syndicates. This anti-poaching equipment, which also includes nature and wildlife survival gear, will have an immense impact on easing the plight of the Rangers, as well as improving the living conditions of SANParks rhino anti-poaching Rangers whilst on duty in the bush.
Paul Louw emphasised that Saint-Gobain Gyproc has a very proud history of 85+ years serving the South African nation by manufacturing and supplying building material, thus enhancing comfort and safety for South Africans at home. The sponsorship of rhino anti-poaching equipment as well as nature and wild life survival gear to the SANParks Rangers, in fact mirrors the established and practised Saint-Gobain vision of safeguarding the world for tomorrow. Paul Louw expressed his appreciation to companies and members of the public that purchase genuine Gyproc branded RhinoBoard and RhinoLite products and thus participate in the rhino anti-poaching campaign, #GyprocLovesRhinos.
About SANParks HONORARY RANGERS
SANParks Honorary Rangers is the official SANParks volunteer organisation, functioning according to an official agreement with SANParks. It is a group of passionate volunteers who give freely of their time and skills to support conservation in the South African national parks. SANParks Honorary Rangers provides the people of South Africa and the business community with the opportunity to support South Africa's national parks, and is SANParks' preferred channel for public support.
Further information can be found at: www.sanparksvolunteers.org
About Saint-Gobain Gyproc (Pty) Ltd
Saint-Gobain Gyproc is a leading interior building solutions group, manufacturing lightweight building materials and RhinoBoard and RhinoLite for all interior lining applications from ceilings and walls to thermal drylining. In 2017, Saint-Gobain Gyproc South Africa launched its three year partnership with SANParks Honorary Rangers, a R1million rand campaign to raise funds for rhino anti-poaching efforts in South Africa. Find out more at the GyprocSA Facebook page or tweet them at @GyprocSA, using the hashtag #GyprocLovesRhinos.