NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN
NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR RHINO CONSERVATION HEROES
Nominations have now opened for the Rhino Conservation Awards 2015. Nominations are invited from all African rhino range states, in categories including; Best Field Ranger, Best Conservation Practitioner, Best Political and Judicial Support, Best Science Research and Technology, and Best Awareness, Education or Funding. The additional Special Youths category honours youngsters that have taken action against poaching.
The Awards have been held annually since 2012 and serve to recognise those incredible individuals and organisations that have made an effort to protect Africa’s rhino population. Every action, no matter how small or large, contributes to the overall conservation of these majestic animals.
The sponsors, Carl Zeiss Sports Optics GmbH of the ZEISS Group and Ms Xiaoyang Yu, Founder Partner of China New Enterprise Investment (CNEI), are looking forward to receiving nominations from across Africa. Dr Larry Hansen, founder of the Awards, opened the nominations by stating that; “We want to celebrate the individuals and organisations that are assisting us in highlighting the plight of the rhino, increasing the capture and prosecution of poachers, reducing the demand for rhino horn and protecting a species from extinction.”
The Awards ceremony will take place on the 27th of July and will be held in collaboration with the Department of Environmental Affairs of South Africa and the Game Rangers’ Association of Africa (GRAA) - a non-profit organisation with a membership of over 1 500 across Africa, many of whom are rangers active in anti-poaching activities.
His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco serves as the Patron of the Rhino Conservation Initiative and the Rhino Conservation Awards, being committed to the protection of species dangerously close to extinction, through the support of his Foundation to various preservation projects. HSH Prince Albert will be attending the 2015 Awards ceremony and will deliver the keynote address.
Nominations can be made by and/or on behalf of any person or organisation that has played a part in rhino conservation, on any scale. Nomination forms can be requested from Janyce Dalziel at firstname.lastname@example.org, or downloaded from www.gameranger.org. The www.rhinoawards.org website will go live shortly, where nomination forms will also be available. Once nominations are closed on the 1st of June 2015, an executive committee will review all nominations and draw up a short-list for the winners to be chosen from. A panel of adjudicators will then identify the winners and runners up in each category.
“Nature conservation is a global issue and it is about the protection of species and their local habitats. Nature conservation is run and organised by dedicated, dynamic people,” says Dr Winfried Scherle, Chief Executive Officer of Carl Zeiss Sports Optics. It is essential that these conservation heroes are recognised for their efforts, their sacrifices and their dedication to protecting the rhino.
It must be ensured that the true heroes in the fight against rhino poaching are nominated and subsequently honoured for their contribution to Africa’s war on rhino poaching. The debt owed to these dedicated and brave conservationists and their families can never be repaid.
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Contact Janyce Dalziel at Currin’t Events at email@example.com or 011 658 0444 for any queries.
On behalf of the Tintswalo Lodges Group
2 March 2015, Cape Town
With very heavy hearts it saddens the entire Tintswalo family to confirm the mountain fire that took hold of our beloved Cape Town property, Tintswalo Atlantic, in the early hours of the morning. Currently the fire is still blazing and the fire department is on site. We are devastated that this flourishing Cape Town location, one that holds a very special place with us and with people across the world, is under duress.
First and foremost, we are most thankful that no one was injured and our staff handled the situation professionally and without panic.
At approximately 01:15 am last night, 2 March 2015, flames were visible to the security team at Tintswalo Atlantic and we began our emergency fire procedures, that included turning on our sprinklers, preparing hoses, fire equipment and notifying the fire department, to be ready as the flames descended closer to the seafront buildings.
Ryno du Rand, General Manager of Tintswalo Atlantic was called onsite immediately. With the team, including Assistant Manager Tania Batista Hofer, a unified decision was made to evacuate all guests, as our brave staff stayed on site for as long as possible.
Local guests went home and others were brought to Cape Town properties nearby. We continue to thank everyone for coming to the aid of the lodge and our guests, in a truly Capetonian spirit of community.
The utmost priority was the safety of our dedicated staff and therefore Tintswalo Lodges Group made the decision to evacuate all staff, shortly after the guests.
We would also like to thank the National Sea Rescue Institute for their assistance and back up in the water, in case our staff were not able to leave the property by land.
Upon arrival the fire department, in the early hours of the morning, firefighters informed Tintswalo Management that they could not get to the property as it was too dangerous and the flames too big.
CEO of Tintswalo Property Group, Warwick Goosen is currently on his way to Cape Town to debrief with the Tintswalo Atlantic team and local authorities, where they will assess how to move forward after this calamitous event. As the property is still engulfed in flames, smoke and ash, the team will not yet be able to visit the lodge and the full extent of damage has not yet been determined.
A second press release with updates will follow once the team is fully aware of the severity of the damages.
“The Tintswalo team, reservations and management are doing everything possible to ensure all future guests are accommodated moving forward with bookings. We are currently focusing on our guests for the next 2 weeks and will redirect Tintswalo Atlantic guests to local properties as everyone continues to work together in support of Tintswalo Atlantic,” says Managing Director Michelle du Plessis.
She continues by thanking all involved, “Our Cape Town family, staff, previous guests, our social media community, the local hospitality community and international travel community have given their utmost condolences. We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support in this time of need and thank everyone for their kind thoughts and words.”
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