Bidvest company, Konica Minolta South Africa, has donated more than half a million Rand over the past six months to the World Wide Fund for Nature’s (WWF) rhino conservation work. The company recently handed over a cheque of more than R300,000 towards this initiative and continues its pledge to contribute R100 for every bizhub multifunctional device sold over 2012.
According to the head of WWF’s African Rhino Programme, Dr Joseph Okori, the funds are being used towards an initiative spearheaded by the University of Pretoria’s Faculty of Veterinary Science to build a central DNA profile database for rhinos across Africa, known as RhODIS (rhino DNA index system). The database, which currently contains DNA information on around 3,000 rhinos, is already being used to provide forensic evidence in poaching court cases.
Pictured here are Konica Minolta South Africa board member, Khomotso Mthimunye and Dr Andrew Baxter, the Executive Manager of Business Development at WWF-SA.
ABOUT KONICA MINOLTA SOUTH AFRICA:
Konica Minolta South Africa, wholly owned by the Bidvest Group, stands at the forefront of business solution providers as the principal importer and distributor of the innovative and award winning Konica Minolta range of bizhub digital multi-functional colour and black & white devices, laser printers, fax machines and business solutions, into South Africa as well as Namibia, Malawi, Botswana and Swaziland. Konica Minolta South Africa’s head office is based in Johannesburg and 14 branches and 43 dealerships support its distribution network. With an operational stance of consultative business partnering, the group provides clients with holistic document management solutions: through pre-sales analysis, audits to sales, installation, ongoing onsite technical and software management as well as the supply of spare parts and consumables.