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Celebrating the opening of their brand new state of the art premises of Special Industrial Supplies in Strijdom Park in Randburg, seemed the ideal opportunity to lash out against rhino poaching. Michael Green, MD of Special Industrial Supplies went all out to make a difference in the war against poaching.
Amarokie the rhino was invited to be an honoured guest at the official opening and Michael also purchased 14 cases of Rhino Tears wine for his guests to enjoy. This gave the guests the opportunity to make a donation to Unite against Poaching in return for taking home some bottles of wine to celebrate the new premises. This wonderful gesture raised a fabulous R 5200.
Also present to officiate at the opening ceremony were representatives from the RUG Group in Germany, partners in Special Industrial Supplies. In celebration of the opening and in support of the effort to fight rhino poaching, the team from the RUD Group handed over a cheque of 1000 Euro to Unite against Poaching.
The official handover of the cheque for 1000 Euros in support of Unite against Poaching!!!!
The cheque was presented by Jeorg Steffen Reiger from the RUD Group in Germany, supported by Reinhard Smetz and Herman Kolb.
This amazing donation was facilitated by the delightful Michael Green. Michael you rock!!! — at Special Industrial Supplies (Pty) Ltd.
We are thrilled at the support received from the RUD Group ad the amazingly generous donation and support from Special Industrial Supplies who will also be donating 3 brand new lashers so that Amarokie the rhino is in future safely lashed to his trailer during his various travels.
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30 August 2015
Good Afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen of the Media,
We are together with colleagues from the Security Cluster presenting this Report to you as a team.
Ladies and Gentlemen you all know them. It’s Ministers of Defence and Military Veterans - Ms Nosiviwe Maphisa-Nqakula, Police – Mr Nathi Nhleko and State Security – Mr David Mahlobo.
We are here today to talk to you as a collective as you all know we are dealing with a matter that is of concern to the nation.
The nature of this challenge requires our collective efforts as government working with the private sector, communities, civil society and the business sector to ensure the Integrated Strategic Management approach is successful, not only in South Africa, but also within Africa and in the rest of the world.
I want to thank our friends from the media who have made the time to be here today, especially on a Sunday. We regard the media as our partners - who make it possible for all our stakeholders and the public at large to be kept informed about our efforts as government. It is the people of South Africa who have entrusted us with the protection of our rhino: it is a responsibility we do not take lightly; and we know that we can only be successful if we can mobilize all South Africans to support us.
As you will know, this report back is the third of this year; we had our first on 20 January, and the second on the 10th of May. Providing regular and timely updates on our progress in the battle against poaching is part of this government’s commitment to transparency and accountability.
We committed to work in four areas of interventions to manage our rhinos all under international and national co-operation - compulsory interventions, interventions to increase rhino numbers, long-term sustainability interventions and game-changing interventions
1 August 2015 - The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa, has paid tribute to game rangers working at the coalface of conservation in South Africa.
“The work of a ranger is a diverse and complex one. They have and will continue to lead the way for us in conserving our country’s natural wonders.. in tribute to all that they do, let us follow in their footsteps, each and every one of us,” said Minister Molewa.
The Minister and the Chief Executive of SANParks, Mr Fundisile Mketeni, on Saturday, 1 August 2015, hosted a World Ranger Day commemoration at the Marakele National Park in Limpopo. The event was a partnership between the Department of Environmental Affairs and South African National Parks (SANParks).
Annually World Ranger Day is marked internationally on 31 July, and is a day set aside annually to commemorate rangers all over the world who have died in the course of their duties, and who risk their lives daily as they work at the forefront of conservation.
Minister Molewa pointed that the Constitutional provision relating to environmental rights emphasises the protection and regeneration of our environment as an inheritance.
“Like many countries, South Africa faces the challenge of managing its natural endowments in the face of increased environmental degradation. The threats are varied, complex and multi-faceted, and range from the threat posed by climate change, to the activities of transnational, organised criminal syndicates involved in the illegal trade and trafficking of wildlife,” said the Minister. “It is our rangers who are at the frontline: whether they are battling wildfires, or confronting poachers.”
The World Ranger Day 2015 commemoration focused on the work of rangers in combating rhino crime, many of whom faced a daily battle to protect parts of the country’s natural heritage, such as the rhino, abalone and cycads.
“As you will know, one of Africa’s most iconic species, the rhino, is increasingly under threat from the poacher’s gun. Rhino populations around the country are vulnerable, as are the rangers who have dedicated their lives to protecting the animals,” said the Minister.
New York, USA, 30th July 2015—The 69th session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly today adopted a resolution committing countries to step up their collective efforts to address wildlife crime and put an end to the global poaching crisis.
Resolution A/RES/69/314 on Tackling the Illicit Trafficking in Wildlife was co-sponsored by Gabon, Germany and more than 80 other nations and is the culmination of three years of diplomatic efforts.
“This is an historic day—the world has sent an unequivocal and collective signal at the highest-level that ending wildlife crime is a top priority,” said Steven Broad, Executive Director of TRAFFIC.
The UN resolution encourages countries to “adopt effective measures to prevent and counter the serious problem of crimes that have an impact on the environment, such as illicit trafficking in wildlife and wildlife products…as well as poaching.”
The resolution also recognizes the broader impacts of wildlife crime, including the undermining of good governance, the rule of law and the well-being of local communities.
Action along the entire trade chain is encouraged, with Member States urged to treat wildlife trafficking involving organized criminal groups as a serious crime, implement anti-money laundering measures, establish national-level inter-agency wildlife crime task forces, strengthen judicial processes and law enforcement efforts, prevent and counter corruption, and reduce the demand for threatened wildlife products “using targeted strategies in order to influence consumer behaviour”.