Birdlife SA's received a generous donation from Honda SA. Managing director of Honda, Yoshiaka Nakamura, handed over the two Honda CRVs, an inflatable boat with outboard motor, a quad bike, two off-road motorbikes, an industrial lawnmower and two brush cutters to Mark Anderson, Chief Executive Officer, of Birdlife SA.
In thanking Honda for their generosity, Anderson stated that it was the cementing of an important relationship with the Japanese business community, which had started last year with a visit to South Africa by HIH Princess Takamado, the Honorary President of BirdLife International, who travelled to several Important Bird Areas and was honoured at a BirdLife South Africa gala dinner in Johannesburg sponsored by Nedbank.
"All the vehicles will be put to very good use as we strive to conserve our country's birds and their habitats," he added.
"The boat will b used to count waterbirds at Important Bird Areas in KwaZulu-Natal, and the quad bike, lawnmower and brush cutters will meet a real need in the important Grassland Biome at Wakkerstroom, where BirdLife South Africa has a property. Honda's recognition and support of our efforts through these welcome donations is extremely encouraging."
Nakamura said that the Honda Group worldwide has always been interested in conservation and were proud to be associated with BirdLife South Africa in their ongoing efforts to protect the environment.