German group to invest in Zim park

2011-09-13 15:22

Harare - A German conservation group is investing $13m into a major Zimbabwean wildlife park, which is battling poaching and land invaders, reports said on Tuesday.

The Frankfurt Zoological Society handed over equipment including a plane, 4x4 vehicles, radios, trucks, tractors and firefighting equipment, for use in Gona re Zhou National Park, said the official Herald newspaper.

"We have invested a lot into the project and we have so far spent about $3m and we will be spending a million dollars every year for the next 10 years," said Hugo van der Westhuizen, project leader of the FZS.

"We want to make an impact in capacitating national parks to deal with poaching and several other problems," he said.

Gona re Zhou, which means "place of the elephants" in the local Shona language, forms part of a giant trans-frontier conservation area together with parks in neighbouring South Africa and Mozambique.

The Zimbabwe side has been badly hit by poaching as well as land invaders on the back of President Robert Mugabe's controversial policy of land seizures. Poachers killed seven elephants in the park in June.

The government has so far been unable to evict 1 000 families from the local Chitsa clan who invaded the park in 2003. The families, together with their cattle, have posed a threat to the wildlife in the area.

  • concerned - 2011-09-13 16:49

    Oh boy!!

      beicime - 2011-09-13 20:12

      The enemies of your country do more good for your country than you do.

  • sipholess - 2011-09-13 17:07

    Nice thought but you will lose your investment.Dont you kind German people know about "Baboon Bob"

  • letsee - 2011-09-13 17:10

    Again, Mugabe needs help....

  • beicime - 2011-09-13 20:12

    The enemies of your country do more good for your country than you do.

  • daaivark - 2011-09-14 07:14

    Germany, you have been taken for a sucker.

  • Boesman - 2011-09-19 06:22

    You all may firstly think that the FZS is wasting their money. But keep a CLOSE eye on Zim. Investors have been standing in line for a while now in order to invest in Zim. Zim has a couple of good things going for it... Fertile Land and right next to the business hub of South Africa. They (the investor) are all waiting for one thing to happen, what that thing is I dont know, but as I said, keep a close eye on Zim. You will be able to buy land cheaply, labour will be cheap too. So setting up factories and starting new agricultural farms will be easy.

      Boesman - 2011-09-19 06:24

      Oh, and did you notice the project leader is a South African....... (presumably going by his name)

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