February 14, 2017

Governance & Accountability

Fundraising & Accountability

Project Rhino KZN provides the general public and donor communities with an accountable funding channel that delivers donor funds directly to bona-fide and approved anti-poaching strategies in KZN. Managed by a small Secretariat team, funds for PRKZN priorities and projects are sourced from a network of donors that include individuals, private Trusts and Foundations, international donor bodies and brand-sharing agreement with major corporates. PRKZN NGO partners also contribute to key projects that they are involved in.

The ACT Rhino Fund is the official NPO-registered, Section 18A, BBEE-registered account for donations to Project Rhino KZN. It is audited annually by CA firm Baker Tilley & Associates and is registered with the Department of Environmental Affairs.  Project Rhino KZN members meet every two months to review income & expenditure and collectively decide on which anti-poaching needs require further support.

Donor reporting:

Individual Letters of Acknowledgement, Section 18A Donation Certificates, annual project reports to donors, one-on-one meetings and public acknowledgement of donors via the PRKZN Facebook pages are utilised to communicate with donors and thank them for their support.

Public Awareness  

Project Rhino KZN has built a strong brand and reputation over the past 5 years for its ‘can-do’ attitude, accountability and collaborative approach to tackling a wildlife crisis that impacts on the entire conservation sector in KZN. We utilise social/online media to communicate with partners, supporters and the public and maintain good working relationships with journalists from traditional media to broadcast important and relevant updates on the work of the KZN rhino conservation sector. Through this we continually strive to grow public awareness and maintain interest in the rhino poaching crisis.  We don’t shy away from contentious issues but always retain a balanced and objective approach

Secretariat

The African Conservation Trust is the nominated Secretariat for Project Rhino KZN. A 2-person staff team manage the Secretariat (PRZKN Coordinator & Administration Assistant).   They are responsible for:

  1. Fundraising for all PRKZN funding needs and maintaining donor relationships.
  2. Financial management of donor funds.
  3. Project management: oversight of all PRKZN flagship projects, staffing, volunteer and budget management.
  4. Event coordination of major PRKZN events and campaigns.
  5. Local Cooperation: maintaining good relationships between KZN’s provincial conservation agency, private and community-owned game reserves and leading conservation NGOs, and fulfilling strategic needs.
  6. National and International Cooperation: ongoing collaboration amongst key stakeholders that build strong networks and cooperation and channel further resources, support, technology and training opportunities;
  7. Public Awareness & Media: continually growing and maintaining public support for KZN’s joint efforts to protect and conserve the province’s critical rhino population.

Endorsements and Awards

2012  Game Rangers Association of Africa (GRAA) Rhino Conservation Award: Top 10 Best NGOs
2012 GRAA Rhino Conservation Award: Best NGO   Practitioner Runner-up – Sheelagh Antrobus   (PRKZN   Coordinator)
2013 Mail & Guardian Rhino Conservation Award: Best Rhino Conservation Entity in South Africa
2014 Mail & Guardian Rhino Conservation Runner-up Award:  Zululand Anti-Poaching Wing
2014 GRAA Rhino Conservation Award: Best Conservation   Practitioner Award – Lawrence Munro (ZAP-Wing Coordinator & Ezemvelo Rhino Security Operations)
2014 GRAA Rhino Conservation Award: Education &   Awareness Runner-up – Rhino Art Campaign
2016 GRAA Rhino Conservation Award:First place awarded to Sheelagh Antrobus in the Awareness, Education & Funding category