Protective gear and equipment for park rangers

Reptile Mineral Resources and Exploration donated park signs and equipment to the directorate of wildlife and national parks.
Michelline Nawatises
Deep Yellow, with the support of its wholly-owned subsidiary, Reptile Mineral Resources and Exploration (Pty) Ltd (RMR), donated two park signs, protective gear and equipment worth more than N$ 40 000 to the directorate of wildlife and national parks.

This donation will enhance law enforcement during patrols and at roadblocks.

All Deep Yellow tenements in Namibia are located within the Namib Naukluft National Park (NNNP) in the Erongo Region and the Tumas project area - whereas RMR operations neighbours the Ganab station of the directorate wildlife and national parks. RMR noted the request of the directorate to assist with road signs, bulletproof and reflective vests and traffic cones. This to fulfil the duty of anti-poaching activities and law enforcement patrols, such as setting up roadblocks, fencing, game monitoring and routine inspections on isolated roads in hostile environments.

Organised meat poaching has become a matter of grave concern and currently makes up over 50 per cent of all wildlife crimes in Namibia. There is also an increase in poaching activities in the Namib Naukluft Park. The NNNP has experienced increased poaching incidents due to its location close to regional roads. “We are challenged throughout the whole country - if not for rhinos then for meat or off-road driving in sensitive areas. The directorate needs coordinated, strategic interventions to combat wildlife crime via roadblocks, amongst others, to combat potential poachers in this vast area. This equipment will aid the staff in putting up mobile road blocks efficiently to check and inspect every passing car. It is an important step in the right direction, because now everyone visiting the park will know what rules to adhere to, leaving no room for excuses,” said Marthin Kasaona, the deputy director for the central regions of the directorate wildlife and national parks.

Dr Katrin Kärner, exploration manager at RMR, said they are committed to assisting the ministry of environment, forestry and tourism with the aim to effectively protect the environment and encourage the public to respect the rules in the park."