School raises R25k for Black Mambas

2019-11-05 06:00
Bergvliet High School encourages other schools to match or beat the R25 000 it raised, in partnership with Power of 2000, for the Black Mambas anti-poaching unit.

Bergvliet High School encourages other schools to match or beat the R25 000 it raised, in partnership with Power of 2000, for the Black Mambas anti-poaching unit.

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Bergvliet High has partnered with the Power of 2000, a crowdfunding platform, which aims to motivate 2 000 people to donate R100 each to fund a motor vehicle for the Black Mambas – an anti-poaching unit active in the Balule Nature Reserve.

The school has raised R25 000 towards the Power of 2000 through a school-based fundraising campaign in which all learners participated.

Principal Stephen Price says the school is the only one which is currently supporting this initiative.

“We are extremely proud of our WomanUp and Green Club service groups who have teamed up to support the Black Mambas and the preservation of the white rhino. We encourage other schools to match or beat our R25 000 to help push the Power of 2000 towards its R200 000 target.”

Founded in 2013 to protect the Olifants West region of the reserve, the Black Mambas today protects all boundaries of the 52 000ha reserve which forms part of the Kruger National Park.

Price explains the unit’s teams work to the concept of the “broken window” philosophy, striving to make their area of influence the most undesirable, most difficult and least profitable place to poach any animal species.

“The objectives of the Black Mambas project are not only the protection of rhinos through boots on the ground but also through being a role model in their communities. These 13 young women and one man want their communities to understand that the benefits are greater through rhino conservation rather than poaching, addressing the social and moral decay that is a product of the rhino poaching within their communities,” he says.

They are responsible for all costs such as training, uniforms, equipment, food, vehicles, fuel and other daily operational expenses associated with the Black Mambas.

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