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Media Release: Rhino poaching update

Date: 2013-06-12

The Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa, is to meet Mozambique's Minister of Tourism, Mr Carvalho Muaria, in Maputo on Friday as part of ongoing efforts to improve relations between the two countries. 

The talks are expected to focus on the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area, established in 2002, with an emphasis on the scourge of rhino poaching presently affecting South Africa.  The total number of rhino poached since the beginning of the year has risen to 408.  

The number of rhino poached in the Kruger National Park, which bears the brunt of rhino poaching, increased to 265. 

In North West 46 rhino have been poached, while 38 have been killed in KwaZulu-Natal, 30  in Limpopo, 26 in Mpumalanga, 2 in the Eastern Cape and 1 in Gauteng. 

The number of people arrested for rhino poaching in the Kruger National Park has risen to 56.  

Three suspected poachers were arrested in the Pretoriuskop region yesterday (Tuesday) following an intelligence-driven operation by the SAPS, SANParks rangers and the Park’s Environmental Crimes Investigation Unit.  

The group were allegedly involved in five poaching incidents in the Pretoriuskop region, as well as several armed robberies in Hazyview, Mpumalanga. 

The number of people arrested on rhino poaching-related charges countrywide totals 121.  A total of 27 alleged poachers have been arrested in KwaZulu-Natal, 21 in Limpopo, 8 in North West, 6 in Mpumalanga and 3 in Gauteng.  Of these five are alleged couriers.   

South Africans are urged to report incidents of poaching and tip-offs to the anonymous tip-off lines 0800 205 005, 08600 10111 or Crime-Line on 32211.

Rhino poaching statistics:

SA2010201120122013
KNP (SANParks) 146 252 425 265
MNP (SANParks) 0 6 3 0
GP 15 9 1 1
LIM 52 74 59 30
MP 17 31 28 26
NW 57 21 77 46
EC 4 11 7 2
FS 3 4 0 0
KZN 38 34 66 38
WC 0 6 2 0
NC 1 0 0 0
TOTAL 333 448 668 408


Rhino poaching arrests statistics 
:

SA2013201220112010
KNP (SANParks) 56 73 82 67
MNP (SANParks) 0 0 0 0
Gauteng (GP) 3 26 16 10
Mpumalanga (MP) 6 66 73 16
Eastern Cape (EC) 0 0 2 7
Limpopo (LIM) 21 43 34 36
North West (NW) 8 32 21 2
Free State (FS) 6 0 0
KZN 27 20 4 25
Western Cape (WC) 0 0 0 2
Northern Cape (NC) 1 0 0
TOTAL 121 267 232 165


For media queries, contact: 
Albi Modise on 083 490 2871

Issued by:
The Department of Environmental Affairs

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