How the Zululand Conservation Trust came to be…
It was as concerned custodians of a very threatened Rhino population that we came together to create the Zululand Conservation Trust. In 2011 it became apparent that the safety of what is a considerable population of black and white rhino were coming under increasing threat.
This was due to:
- An increase in poaching activities - from 122 animals in 2009, to 1028 in 2017- a 745% increase!
- Increased security costs
- A situation where private landowners became increasingly reluctant to own rhinos due to the cost of protection and the risk of their own lives
It must be said that Black Rhino are not owned by private landowners and reserves, they are purely on loan to these areas as part of the Black Rhino Expansion Program, they are effectively owned by the citizens of the world - YOU.
This awareness resulted in an application being made to register the Zululand Conservation Trust (formally the Zululand Rhino Reserve Foundation) Our Specific aim:
- Protecting both black and white rhino, within the confines of the Manyoni Private Game Reserve and the greater Zululand Area,
- Conserving and increasing land under conservation, specifically suitable community land.
- To work with and uplift our local communities, through poverty relief crèche building & support, assisting local schools and supporting communities with their basic necessities.
Our application was well received by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development as well as by the SA Revenue Services:
- On the 8th February 2011 the Zululand Conservation Trust were granted certification as a Non-Profit Organisation,
- And later in the year we were granted Tax Exemption from the SARS Tax Exemption Unit.
- We also have BEE Exemption in our capacity as a micro enterprise.
The above allows the Zululand Conservation Trust to issue
- Section 18 A receipts for funds & donations received, thereby entitling the donor to benefit tax wise
- An Independent Competent Persons Report which confirms that the “specified donation” be used for community projects and allows the donating company to achieve 25 points in Social Development category of their BBBEE score card when they donate 1% of after tax profit
We as trustees appreciate the opportunity of discussing our projects in greater details and hope that you will seriously consider joining us as a patron and supporter of out Trust