Konica Minolta South Africa adopts seven orphaned rhinos

| 8 October 2015

Konica Minolta South Africa, a division of Bidvest Office (Pty) Ltd, can today announce that it has adopted seven orphaned rhinos that are being safeguarded at a rhino sanctuary in South Africa’s Mpumalanga province.


This comes ten months after the team at Konica Minolta South Africa announced ‘The New Equation in Conservation’, a forward-thinking public-private alliance that culminated in the opening of the bizhub Conservation Academy, a conservation training centre located at the Goodwork Foundation’s Hazyview Digital Learning Campus (HDLC).

As a practical extension of the bizhub Conservation Academy’s theory-based learning, the company has now entered into a partnership with Care for Wild rhino sanctuary.

The sanctuary rescues abandoned, injured or orphaned infant rhinos, providing the facilities and necessary expertise to stabilise and rehabilitate these animals so that they might later be released back into the wild. As part of the partnership, Konica Minolta South Africa has adopted seven of the sanctuary’s orphaned rhinos, covering all maintenance costs relating to food, shelter and medication.  The company will continue to contribute a percentage of every bizhub sold to this exciting new initiative.

Adult students of the bizhub Conservation Academy who are enrolled in a specialist wildlife security course will – as part of this course and sponsored by Konica Minolta South Africa – spend an internship at Care for Wild receiving tuition in animal husbandry, data collection and monitoring.

The sanctuary will also be made available to rural schoolchildren who, as part of the bizhub Conservation Academy syllabus, enjoy fieldtrips to conservation areas and wildlife protection projects. 

Once the sanctuary’s orphaned rhinos have reached sub adult age, they will either be:

  1. Released into a breeding project on a farm adjoining Care for Wild rhino sanctuary, or
  2. Released onto community-owned land that adjoins the greater Kruger National Park. In both cases, and wherever possible, graduates of the bizhub Conservation Academy will be employed as rhino monitors and data capturers.

“While the Konica Minolta South Africa team is exceptionally proud to be able to contribute to the rehabilitation and ultimately the release of orphaned rhino, what we are most proud of is our commitment to a strategic South African project that includes education as well as conservation,” said Andrew Griffith, Konica Minolta South Africa’s general manager for Managed Print Services.

 


Andrew Griffith, Konica Minolta South Africa’s general manager for Managed Print Services at Care for Wild rhino sanctuary


About the New Equation in Conservation

The vision for the bizhub Conservation Academy is to develop a new equation in conservation. One that says: “It’s not just about saving animals. It’s about activating communities and empowering people.”

This accepted approach has been embraced by Konica Minolta South Africa, a member of the Bidvest Group and an organisation that has committed to fund and establish, the bizhub Conservation Academy in partnership with Good Work Foundation (GWF), a registered non-profit organisation delivering digital learning to rural learners and in association with: (1) The Nhlangwini Trust, owners of strategic land adjacent to the Kruger National Park; (2); Care for Wild, a registered non-profit rhino sanctuary; and (3) SANParks ‘Kids in Parks’ programme.

The bizhub Conservation Academy will become a prototype of what can happen when proudly South African corporations, conservationists, educators, technology and young people come together to create communities that are passionate about the opportunities of our wildlife.

The powerful result is that land is kept under wilderness and rare wildlife is given a safe haven.

For regular updates on the sanctuary and other corporate social investment (CSI) projects undertaken by Konica Minolta South Africa, please visit www.ourbizhubworld.co.za.

About Konica Minolta South Africa:
Recently named as international Konica Minolta Distributor of the Year for the ninth time, Konica Minolta South Africa is a leader in advanced document management technologies. A division of Bidvest Office (Pty) Ltd, the company focuses on complete business solutions, including production print solutions, digital presses, multifunctional products (MFPs), managed print services, vertical application solutions and related services and supplies. The company has also achieved carbon-neutral status for the second year in a row, making it one of the first corporate companies in South Africa to offset its direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions.

CONTACTS:
Konica Minolta South Africa, a division of Bidvest Office (Pty) Ltd: Ritchi Smith, 0800 bizhub, ritchis@kmsa.com

Good Work Foundation (GWF), Ryan James, +27 (0) 83 382 3618, ryan@goodworkfoundation.org, www.goodworkfoundation.org

icomm: Debbie Sielemann, +27 (0) 82 414 4633, debbie@pr.co.za, www.icomm-pr.co.za


About Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe

 

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH, based in Langenhagen, Germany, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Konica Minolta Inc., Tokyo, Japan. Konica Minolta enables its clients to champion the digital era: with its unique imaging expertise and data processing capabilities, Konica Minolta creates relevant solutions for its customers and solves issues faced by society. As a provider of comprehensive IT services, Konica Minolta delivers consultancy and services to optimise business processes with workflow automation. The company further offers its customers solutions and managed services in the field of IT infrastructure and IT security as well as cloud environments. With regard to its office printing solutions, "IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Print Transformation 2020 Vendor Assessment" stated that Konica Minolta is "recognised globally as a leader in print transformation". As a strong partner for the professional printing market, Konica Minolta offers business consulting, state-of-the-art technology and software and has established itself as the production printing market leader for more than a decade in Europe (InfoSource). Its Business Innovation Centre in London and four R & D laboratories in Europe enable Konica Minolta to bring innovation forward by collaborating with its customers as well as academic, industrial and entrepreneurial partners. For its innovative service approach that complements their devices perfectly, Konica Minolta was awarded the prestigious ‘"Buyers Lab PaceSetter Award for Serviceability and Support 2020/2021" by Keypoint Intelligence. Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe is represented by subsidiaries and distributors in more than 80 countries in Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa. With approximately 10,000 employees (as of April 2020), Konica Minolta Europe earned net sales of over 2.34 billion in financial year 2019/2020.

 

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