Minister Edna Molewa, announced the official figures for rhino poaching for 2015, which showed a very small decline in the poaching statistics. This small decline must be seen as good news, that despite the increase in incursions and rhino poaching attempts, the actual number did not increase and it would appear that rhino populations have stablised.
This does not mean that we are winning the war against poaching, but it does mean that teh interventions seem to at last have started the decrease in rhino poachings .
The Minister's full report is included below:
So proud of Kombi and the Unite against Poaching tracker hounds.
During his recent visit to the Kruger National Park, Richard Sowry, the Section Ranger responsible for the training of the Unite against Poaching tracker hounds, introduced Kombi to HRH Prince Harry. Kombi and his handlers, have been responsible for the apprehension of 23 poachers during 2015.
Lets hope this awareness and recognition brings some international recognition and support for this amazing project.
Thank you for caring about the plight of our rhinos sir!!!
The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa, has noted the judgment handed down in the High Court of South Africa, Gauteng Division, Pretoria, setting aside the moratorium on the domestic trade of rhino horn.
The Minister intends to appeal the judgment, in which case the Department’s application for leave to appeal will suspend the operation and execution of the judgment in terms of section 18 of the Superior Courts Act, 2013 (Act No. 10 of 2013).
The decision of the court should not be construed to mean that the domestic trade in rhino horn may take place in an unregulated fashion. In the absence of the moratorium, it must be emphasised that all trade in rhino horn will be subjected to the issuing of the relevant permits
What an creative way to enrich the learning process for our youth...
Unite against Poaching recently did a talk to the Foundation phase of St Stithians School in Johannesburg about the war against Rhino poaching.
It was a perfect opportunity to impress these young people that the rhinos belong to them as well and that they could also help in the fight to save our rhinos. Grade 2W's teacher took this a step further and the result is a wonderful donation in support of the fund.
A " fines" system was initiated, so that each time something was left around to be tidied up, or if Mrs Woods had to pick up someone's belongings, they paid a fine towards the rhino fund. The total collected has resulted in a whopping R 450 being donated to Unite against Poaching.
Well done all of you on a positive way to learn as well as making a difference to our rhinos.
THANK YOU GRADE 2W for helping to save our rhinos !!!
Wishing you great success Sir, we will support you as best we can in this fight against poaching
Congratulations from the team at Unite against Poaching !
SANPARKS APPOINTS HEAD OF RANGER SERVICES IN THE KNP
The South African National Parks (SANParks) would like to announce the appointment of Xolani Nicholus Funda, as Chief Ranger; managing the whole anti-poaching operations in the Kruger National Park (KNP) effectively from 1 November 2015. Funda takes over from Major General Johan Jooste, who has since moved to SANParks’ head office and got a promotion on a strategic level position.