By Hendrick Mphande
VOLKSWAGEN handed over six Amarok double cab bakkies to the Wilderness Foundation yesterday, to help strengthen the group’s rhino anti-poaching campaign.
In the R2-million sponsorship, the Wilderness Foundation’s Forever Wild Rhino Protection Initiative will use the vehicles in game reserves across the country.
The handover comes at a time when 558 rhinos have been killed this year in South Africa.
Volkswagen’s partnership with the foundation started in June 2011 with the sponsorship of six Amaroks that were primarily used in proactive rhino protection in Mpumalanga, North West, Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.
VWSA managing director David Powels said: “The extension of our partnership reaffirms our commitment to helping the Wilderness Foundation fight the scourge of rhino poaching.”
The director of the Wilderness Foundation’s conservation programme, Matthew Norval, said the vehicles would make a significant contribution. “We are very grateful for Volkswagen’s continued support with the Amaroks.”