Rikus Grobler | Jun 20, 2017 | 0
Manual fuel pump keeps anti-poaching aircraft in the air when operating from desolate strips
A private organisation working in close collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Tourism to combat poaching, received a valuable contribution this week, to help them improve their surveillance capability while operating in remote areas.
Well-known retailers of automotive and outdoors consumer items, CYMOT was approached by Intelligence Support Against Poaching, ISAP for short, for a donation of a manual aviation fuel pump to refill the ISAP patrol aircraft when landing on strips where there are no bowzers or ground support.
The Chief Executive of CYMOT, Axel Theissen promptly announced that ISAP will receive the fuel pump as a special donation, together with a fuel gauge fitted to the pump, and a fire extinguisher. All the items came to about N$15,000. “ISAP is doing such outstanding work and we gladly support such a good cause” he said.
The aircraft, a Piper Super Cub with registration V5-LCE will primarily be used for conservation purposes flying anti-poaching patrols, assist with wildlife telemetry tracking and help persue those responsible for environmental crimes.
The ISAP operations room also monitors the poaching SMS hotline which is 55 555.
“Anyone with information on any form of poaching is encouraged to SMS the information to this number, alternatively, one can also report this on the ISAP web page, isap.com.na. All information is handled with the strictest confidentiality” said ISAP director, Tinus Hansen.
ISAP is an NGO registered as a non-profit organization and is therefore dependent on donor funding. The ISAP operations room is situated at the Ministry of Environment and Tourism’s headquarters in Dr Kenneth Kaunda Street, Windhoek.
In the picture are, from the left, Tinus Hansen, ISAP director, Axel Theissen, CYMOT CEO and Hans Rack, also an ISAP director.