Christians from neighbouring communities on the Kruger National Park's north-west border joined in prayer against Rhino poaching at the Skukuza Soccer Field.
Christians unite against rhino poaching in Kruger
On Good AuthorityA special church service, held in partnership with the Malamulele Pastors Fraternal and the KNP on 17 August 2013, asked for God's protection against the current spike in rhino poaching in the park and country.
Addressing the congregation Mr William Mabasa; Head of Department: Public Relations and Communication; KNP, expressed his gratitude to all the Christians for having realized the importance of working together in fighting the scourge of rhinos. "We came here to ask God to intervene in this war that our country is currently facing. There is no doubt that indeed rhinos are under siege, but if we have God nothing is impossible" commented Mabasa.
The leaders agreed to use their authority to create awareness by occasionally incorporating the issue of the rhino into their service whenever they address their congregation.
"We believe that if community structures stand up to fight rhino poaching, eventually poachers will be isolated. We appreciate the religious support because it brings about the power of God in the fight against rhino poaching" said Mabasa.
By the end of 2013, 1004 rhino were poached.
ReferencesThe WESSA Rhino Initiative