Taming the iMfolozi bush

January 18, 2016

 

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STIHL SA has taken on the daunting task of clearing encroaching bush in the iMfolozi Game Reserve as part of a partnership with the Impi Foundation Trust.

STIHL SA has made available a selection of its power tools, including chainsaws, augers, pruners and brushcutters, to help with the clearing of fence lines and trails throughout the park.

“The clearing of the fast-growing natural bushveld vegetation is an ongoing and costly necessity for the reserve that cannot be neglected. STIHL SA was glad to be able to assist by providing its professional-grade equipment to make a tough job a little easier,” said managing director Hayden Hutton.

In addition the STIHL SA team ensured that the operators, chosen from the ranks of the Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife personnel, were properly equipped to handle and maintain their new tools by providing four days of intensive training.

“The Impi Foundation Trust was looking for a project to support that would aid both the environment and people,” said Hayden. “Individuals selected from each of the reserve’s management divisions will benefit from the training and hands-on use of all the specialised equipment during the course of this ongoing project.”

STIHL has committed to the project for the next three years.

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