Cape Town - On the very day that South African National Parks took ownership of a new anti-poaching hangar from South African Airlink, the operation was called on to respond to a poaching incident outside the Kruger National Park - highlighting its necessity and importance in improving response times.
The reaction team managed to assist in the arrest of a suspect and recovery of ivory from a poached elephant during the incident.
Fundisile Mketeni, CEO of SANParks said, “The existence of this hangar, which will accommodate some of our anti-poaching assets from the air wing is going to cut the response time by almost an hour."
"This is important in our anti-poaching drive as it means the luxury of time will not be on the side of the poachers. We owe it to our forefathers and future generations to preserve this natural heritage."
The official handover of the hangar was held at the Phalaborwa Gateway to Kruger Airport on Thursday, 23 July 2015.
Speaking at the handover, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Airlink Rodger Foster said the company responded to a call for assistance from the SANParks Honorary Rangers and had to respond positively because of the importance of the relationship between the two organisations both on a business level and in promoting tourism in the area.
The facility is already housing the helicopter, bantam and a Cessna fixed wing. Photos.