Toyota supports anti-poaching
Toyota steps up for Rhinos – again!
Toyota South Africa has a history of stepping in when our wildlife, and the people who dedicate their lives to its protection, need help, and they have recently done so yet again.
Not long ago a white Toyota Hilux double cab was found battered, stripped of crucial parts and perched on bricks, totally out of action. The vehicle had been leased to a conservation park for a noble cause, and with Toyota upping its already considerable involvement in anti-rhino poaching activities Northam Toyota’s Shaun Finn stepped in.
Shaun undertook to have the Hilux restored and then donated to the South African National Parks (SANParks), the donation made at the Pilanesberg National Park.
The restoration project took several months and included body work as well as long hours of technical labour. According to Finn, “The actual parts on the vehicle can be pinned at about R125 000, while body work and technical labour amounted to R35 700 and R32 000 respectively.”
The total cost of restoration work on the Hilux was R230 000, and the project owes its success to various contributions made by Monitor Dealers and Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM). Monitor Dealers, comprising of 18 dealers who operate as satellites for TSAM’s Technical Services Department, sourced and funded the parts needed for the vehicle’s restoration.
It is not the first time that Toyota has donated a vehicle to SANParks. Recent donations include four Toyota Avanza models used for law enforcement, a brand new Toyota Hilux 2.4GD-6 SRX double-cab 4x4 used for anti-poaching activities as well as R450 000 worth of refurbishing of six vehicles and extension of their service plans.
Rhino poaching is reaching unprecedented levels in South Africa, and TSAM believes it is the collective responsibility of both the public and private sectors to extend their resources to the anti-poaching units working in the national parks and reserves across the country.
Vice President of Service, Customer Service and Future Toyota at TSAM, John Thomson, says, “Protecting our wildlife heritage is close to our heart and the plight of rhino, as well as other endangered species, is a matter that requires our attention – hence our commitment to supporting SANParks.”