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Rhino protection gets funding boost from new Sanlam Amplify unit

The unit will contribute a portion of its revenue toward rhino conservation.
Sanlam's Amplify unit will have R8bn under management to help protect rhinos in the Kruger National Park. Image: AFP/ Getty Images

Sanlam is creating a new asset management company that plans to put aside part of its revenue to help protect rhinos in South Africa’s Kruger National Park.

Amplify, as the new entity is known, will have R8 billion ($547 million) under management made up of funds transferred from elsewhere in the Cape Town-based company, the unit’s head, Marthinus Van der Nest, said by phone.

“We have identified the right managers that will be able to generate higher levels of returns in a tougher economic environment,” he said. “The more we can generate in growth and returns, the bigger impact we will have with our plans for community projects and rhino conservation.”

While Amplify will focus its investments on South African assets, it has plans to create an international arm, according to head of strategy Richard Bray. The unit will invest about 5% of revenues in its education and conservation plans.

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