Mandela portrait fetches R90 000
A LIMITED edition photographic portrait of former president Nelson Mandela by Matthew Willman fetched a whopping R90 000 at an auction to raise funds for nature conservation.
The auction was held at a glittering function in Umhlanga last week where the Zululand Rhino Reserve Foundation, globally renowned for its work with orphaned rhinos and community related projects, announced its rebranding as the Zululand Conservation Trust Durban.
Traditional leader and patron of the Trust, Nkosi Eugene Zulu, and international conservationist David Attenborough, were among the who’s who of the conservation world at the event where R326 100 was raised through the auction of the Mandela picture, rhino jewellery created by a 230-year-old British jewellery firm Deakin & Francis, and artwork by renowned local and international artists.
The trust, which was established as an NPO in 2011, was set up in partnership with the Manyoni Private Game Reserve (formerly the Zululand Rhino Reserve).
Key to its commitment to conservation is its working partnership with neighbouring communities in a collective effort to ensure the welfare and protection of the area and its wildlife, specifically its endangered species.
“We recognise that conservation is more about people and their views, than merely establishing game parks. At the heart of what we do is the empowerment of local communities by helping with their education and by forging mutually beneficial partnerships in specific conservation initiatives. We believe that empowerment, upliftment and education will reinforce the value of wildlife and conservation,” Attenborough, who is a trustee of the foundation, said,
The funds raised will help support the Trust’s efforts to conserve the ever- threatened and dwindling rhino population, and other endangered species within the Zululand region.
The foundation made headlines in February when it successfully released two young male white rhinos.
Ithuba was orphaned when his mother was killed by poachers and Thando was abandoned by his mother when he got stuck in mud.
The foundation was able to fund their boarding at an orphanage, their release, as well as their tracking collars, vet bills and transport costs.
The proceeds from this event will be used to fund projects that the Zululand Conservation Trust undertake, which include vital and ongoing support of the rhino orphans being raised in the Zululand Rhino Orphanage, a subsidiary of the Zululand Conservation Trust, as well as numerous community programmes which are under discussion with community leaders.
GOOD SHOT: Matthew Willman, personal photographer to Mandela.