04 August 2017:
Marble Rhino – Update no 3
Our Namibian Rhino is coming to life.
We are grateful, as our work of art develops and marvel at the generosity of the public.
Hick-ups like a broken grinder (special tool) experienced by Gé, have turned into projects of amazement when the local supplier, Diesel-Electric Namibia, offered to donate a brand new variable speed Bosch grinder for completion of this project in good time.
5 tertiary degree students from the Namibia College of the Arts have been inspired by Gé Pellini and are now completing their own works of art alongside the French artist and friend of Namibia. Their projects range from welding a cheetah from steel sheets and rods, rhinos from paper maché, to lino prints.
Gé, mentor to student Ngavee, has sparked the sculpting fire in our local talent and the work of art is evolving, as the second marble block weighing in at 3 ton, takes shape to being formed into a magnificent piece of art.
Scholars from Academia High School and Waldorf School have pledged to the baking of rhino shaped cakes, composing songs, writing poems, using paper maché and cardboard, wood, cans and recycled material to compile rhinos and other Namibian wildlife. A special project was proposed in the form of a life-sized rhino made from bubble gum or a typical Namibian windmill with animal blades.
Loyal NAPHA member, Dr Quinton van Rooyen is supporting the project via his company Trustco to provide the artist and students with scrumptious meals at lunchtimes.
24 July 2017:
Marble Rhino – Update no 2
Great excitement prevailed at the arrival of the donated marble blocks as delivered to the place of action – the FNCC – on Tuesday, 18 July.
A sincere thank you goes to Mr Mark Hoffmann of Namibia Stone Services, the generous donor of the marble originating from Karibib and Mr Jörg Guttzeit of Windhoek Hire Sales and Services, who sponsored the heavy duty offloading as well as the transport of the rhino once completed.
The Pellinis returned to Windhoek enthusiastically as they had the privilege of experiencing close-up encounters with Namibian Rhinos. This was made possible by the generous support of Namibia Wildlife Resorts, Save the Rhino Trust and Toyota Gobabis.
Several radio and television interviews were conducted throughout the last days whilst Gé Pellini prepared his work of art for the official opening today, Monday, 24 July. The Honourable Minister of Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta, sent his Director of Parks and Wildlife, Mr Colgar Sikopo to officially launch the sculpting at 11h00 on the terrace of the Franco Namibian Cultural Centre (FNCC), Robert Mugabe Avenue.
We are happy to announce the ribbon has been cut.
The sculpting is now officially in progress. This morning’s occasion was opened by Danene van der Westhuyzen (NAPHA President) and well attended by various media representatives, our own Miss Namibia, Suné January, members of the public, various tourism personalities and officials from the Ministry of Environment and Tourism.
Local musician Elemotho provided the musical backdrop to this event.
The sculpting process can be viewed daily and is open to the public and free of charge.
We invite bidders from all corners of the earth to participate in our (online) auction, including finding a new home for the work of art coming to life.
18 July 2017:
Arrival of the Marble blocks
Mixed FM, a division of Trustco Media, filmed the arrival of a 9 ton, a 3 ton and a 100 kg block of marble delivered at the FNCC this morning and spoke to Mr Mark Hoffmann of Namibia Store Services, and also Mr Alfeus Mvula, a Namibian artist who will be working hand-in-hand with Gé Pellini.
Thank you, Trustco Media.
13 July 2017:
Marble Rhino – Update no 1
Dear HUAP Friends,
Mr Gé Pellini and wife Arielle arrived in Windhoek, courtesy Air Namibia, from Frankfurt on Wednesday, 12 July.
We are grateful for the support of Mr Theo Redelinghuys, Toyota Gobabis, who provided Gé with a Toyota Double Cab Hilux 4×4 Vehicle to travel throughout Namibia for the duration of the Rhino Sculpting project.
Gé and Arielle, Mr Kambezunda Ngavee, a student of the College of the Arts and Mr Jürgen Rumpf (a dedicated NAPHA Member) immediately travelled to Karibib to meet Mr Mark Hoffmann from Namibia Stone Services, who generously donated the marble.
A 9 ton block of marble was chosen by Gé, a 3 ton marble block will be waiting for the sculpting talents of our own Namibian Artist Alpheus, whilst an additional ‘baby’ block weighing 100kg was chosen by Kambezunda to sculpt. All three marble blocks will be delivered to the terrace of the Franco Namibian Cultural Centre (FNCC) on Tuesday, 18 July, at 10h00.
Gé and Arielle are currently experiencing true Namibian hospitality, as they are travelling up north to Etosha National Park – courtesy of Namibia Wildlife Resorts – to spend three nights at Halali and interacting with game wardens, prior to continuing on a Rhino Tracking Adventure – with the Save The Rhino Foundation.
On Monday 24 July, our Honorable Minister of Environment and Tourism Mr Pohamba Shifeta, will officially launch the sculpting of the rhino(s) at 11h00. Please come and join us for this occasion.
We will provide further updates throughout the weeks of sculpting, culminating in a grand Gala Dinner and Auction to be held at the Windhoek Country Club Resort, on the evening of the 31st of August.
The HUAP Trust
Hunters have communal game guards trained in anti-poaching skills
The selected game guards of different communal conservancies of the Zambezi and Kavango regions in the north-eastern part of Namibia are eager to learn more and to improve their skills since they too want to prevent poaching in their area. They have realized what benefit they themselves, their families and their community gain through wild animals and that poachers destroy their livelihood.
Through the HUAP Trust (Hunters United Against Poaching) the first twelve game guards were taken to the Eagle Rock Academy east of Windhoek and trained in basic anti-poaching skills by experts of African Anti-Poaching Services. This company also trained staff of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism and members of the Save the Rhino Trust.
Two courses were held at the end of June and beginning of July this year. The first courses of its kind for game guards of communal conservancies are being sponsored by the HUAP Trust and training is being done by the Eagle Rock Academy and African Anti-Poaching Services. Each of the game guards has a lot of skills and the theoretical and practical training they received in the 14-day course was to unify their skills and to learn new methods of operating in the field with modern technology. The main aim of the training is to prevent poaching and not to catch poachers after they have killed precious animals. Part of the training is to preserve a scene of crime, since it is not possible to prevent all poaching. By having experts to gather as much evidence as possible, the game guards help to apprehend the culprits and have them sentenced in a court.
Map reading, handling a GPS, information gathering, safe handling of firearms, organising patrols and ways to patrol an area, methods to man observation posts and first aid are some of the topics which were taught during the basic course. The experts stressed that is very important that the anti-poaching members know how to engage with the local community and with tourists they might encounter during patrols. Therefore the laws of the country are one important aspect in the training of the communal game guards. The trainees must now which animals are protected, what the rights of suspects are and what action they (the game guards) can take within the framework of the law.
A number of game guards were selected in communal conservancies where members of NAPHA (Namibia Professional Hunting Association) do have hunting concessions. These NAPHA members too, have an interest, that poaching is being stopped and that sustainable utilisation of the natural renewable resources is taking place. A big concern to the government of Namibia is the poaching of elephants especially in the northeast of the country and the poaching of rhino in the central northern and north-western part of Namibia. Professional hunters and members of the communal conservancies are also worried about the hunting of other game species which they can utilise for own consumption and/or for trophy hunting. Trophy hunting does not only mean that the conservancy members are being paid for each trophy animal and can utilise the meat but through trophy hunting, a lot of jobs are created in the communities.
On the 31st August 2017, the HUAP Trust will have their second gala dinner and fund raising auction. The funds will again be used to hold basic and advanced anti-poaching courses for community game guards. Tickets are available at the NAPHA office.