Man­dela por­trait fetches R90 000

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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. – 701198

GOOD SHOT: Matthew Will­man, per­sonal pho­tog­ra­pher to Man­dela.

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