New kit for SRT rangers

07 April 2019 | Social Issues

Cymot recently sponsored new workwear valued at around N$30 000 to Save the Rhino Trust Namibia rangers.

The Save the Rhino Trust (SRT) operates in the north-western corner of Namibia, protecting the world’s last population of free-roaming black rhinos. Their range covers over 1 million hectares, completely unfenced and with no national park status.

SRT Rangers spend shifts of up to 21 days at a time working in this desert landscape, often walking more than 45km a day. By tracking and monitoring Namibia’s black rhino population, they help curb the threat of poaching and ensure a future for the largest stronghold of black rhino in the world.

At the handover in Windhoek, Cymot chief executive Axel Theissen presented the CEO of SRT, Simson Uri-Khob, with a complete set of new tactical workwear for the SRT rangers. The kit, produced by Jonsson Workwear, includes Combat work shirts, cotton T-shirts, cargo trousers and cargo shorts for each ranger employed by SRT. The tough and durable kit by Jonsson Workwear will better equip them for the difficult tasks at hand.

At the handover, SRT’s Uri-Khob thanked Cymot for its on-going support, saying that every bit helps. He said the importance and value that official uniforms like these, add to the pride his rangers feel for the job. He said that uniforms ensure that his rangers are cognisant of their duties, show respect toward the public and have pride in SRT.

Riding for Rhinos

Along with RMB Namibia and Wilderness Safaris, Cymot is one of the main sponsors of the annual RMB Namibia Ride for Rhinos event. The event, which takes place from 17 to 21 July, takes 20 mountain bike and conservation enthusiasts on a 4-day cycling safari through the rugged Damaraland wilderness, where these adventurers are accompanied by SRT Rangers and learn first-hand how daunting the task of protecting Namibia’s rhinos is.

The ride, which was established in 2015, was conceptualised and is organised by Venture Media that publishes magazines like Travel News Namibia, Conservation and the Environment in Namibia, Namibia Holiday & Travel and the Namibia Trade Directory.

In the last four years, Ride for Rhinos has raised over N$1.8 million in funds and products for SRT, with support also being given to IRDNC and, as of this year, Children in the Wilderness.

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