In an effort to contribute to the fight against rhino poaching and other wildlife crime, Toyota South Africa Motors has donated a brand new Hilux Double Cab 4x4 valued at approximately R546 500 to South African National Parks (SANParks). The vehicle was accepted by SANParks Chief Financial Officer, Dumisani Dlamini, on Friday 19 October 2018 at SANParks Head Office in Pretoria.
The vehicle will assist in transporting the Meerkat, a wide-area persistent surveillance system. The system comprises of a suite of radar and electro-optic sensors which are able to detect human movement, effective in countering poaching in the Kruger National Park.
Speaking at the official handover ceremony, Dlamini said this donation from Toyota SA Motors will enable SANParks to provide real-time intelligence information to field reaction forces. “Your involvement through this donation signifies a constructive approach in the fight against wildlife crime and is much appreciated.”
He said this gesture has shown, Toyota South Africa Motors patriotism. "Your involvement through this sponsorship signifies a constructive approach in the fight against rhino poaching and is highly gratifying.”
Dlamini also acknowledged the increased cooperation from ordinary members of the public and from corporate South Africa, this vehicle is another important tool to be used to support existing anti-poaching efforts”.
Toyota SA Motors Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Mr. Calvyn Hamman, said, “Toyota South Africa is committed to contribute in various ways to society. Protecting our wildlife heritage is close to our hearts and the plight of Rhinos in South Africa is an important and urgent issue, hence our support to SANParks”