|Gerhard van Tonder and Morné Etchell, branch managers of Konica Minolta South Africa’s Nelspruit and Polokwane branches respectively, recently visited two of the company’s CSI partners, the Good Work Foundation (GWF), a registered public benefit organisation offering digital education to rural learners, and the Care for Wild Africa rhino sanctuary, both based in Mpumalanga.
Amazed by the warm welcome they received from all at GWF, Morné and Gerhard were truly inspired by the Hazyview learning centre’s dedication to digitally educate children in the surrounding rural communities. As Gerhard said: “The staff at GWF is this organisation’s heart and soul and each person gives a lot back to the community. The difference they will make to the future of the community – and our country – is fantastic. We are privileged to be part of such a wonderful project.”
The Konica Minolta South Africa team then went on to visit Care for Wild Africa. Morné shared that it’s the story behind the story that touched everybody’s hearts. “The dedication and organisation that goes into caring for these magnificent creatures rhino is not something understood until you meet Petronel Nieuwoudt, the founder of Care for Wild and hear her story.
“Some horrific facts come to light, when you see a month old rhino baby that was attacked by hyenas, ears completely torn off her body and bitten in so many places, all because her mother was killed by poachers and she had no protection whatsoever. To this woman and her team of volunteers, however, it is all in a day’s work. What an awesome team and an amazing experience!”
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