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Media Release: Submissions on National Rhino Strategy close 31/01/2014

Date: 31st January 2014

30 January 2014 - The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) is reviewing the National Strategy for the Safety and Security of Rhinoceros Populations in South Africa, as part of a plethora of measures being undertaken to ensure all steps taken to address the scourge of rhino poaching in South Africa are relevant and effective. 

The review of the strategy will assist in addressing emerging issues and potential gaps to further strengthen interventions being implemented to curb the poaching of rhino. 

In addition, NGOs, non-profit organisations (NPO), fund raisers, rhino conservation and anti-poaching service providers, and donors involved in rhino-related projects were requested to provide the Department of Environmental Affairs with details relating to their initiatives by 7 February 2014 (link for the form below). The aims of this process are to:

  • Identify priority areas that require additional assistance and gaps that must be addressed;
  • Identify opportunities to collaborate, cooperate or consolidate projects / initiatives or parts thereof;
  • Develop criteria to assist in determining whether NPOs, NGOs or individuals involved in rhino related activities are making a positive contribution towards the fight against rhino poaching and the conservation of the species.

This comes as the total number of rhino poached in South Africa since the beginning of 2014 increased to 86.  A total of 21 poachers have been arrested in the past month. 

The highest number of rhino poached – 63 – were killed for their horns in the Kruger National Park.  Since New Year, 8 rhino have been poached in KwaZulu-Natal, 6 in Limpopo, 4 in the Free State, 3 in Mpumalanga and 2 in North West. 

South Africans and members of the international community are encouraged to report information regarding rhino poaching and related  tip-offs to the anonymous tip-off lines 0800 205 005, 08600 10111 or Crime-Line on 32211.

Rhino poaching statistics:

SA20102011201220132014
KNP (SANParks) 146 252 425 606  63
MNP (SANParks) 0 6 3 3  0
GP 15 9 1 8  0
LIM 52 74 59 114  6
MP 17 31 28 92  3
NW 57 21 77 87  2
EC 4 11 7 5  0
FS 3 4 0 4  4
KZN 38 34 66 85  8
WC 0 6 2 0  0
NC 1 0 0 0  0
TOTAL 333 448 668 1004  86


Rhino poaching arrests statistics 
:

SA20142013201220112010
KNP (SANParks)  14 133 73 82 67
MNP (SANParks)  0 0 0 0 0
Gauteng (GP)  0 10 26 16 10
Mpumalanga (MP)  0 34 66 73 16
Eastern Cape (EC)  0 0 0 2 7
Limpopo (LIM)  0 70 43 34 36
North West (NW)  4 26 32 21 2
Free State (FS)  0 7 6 0 0
KZN  3 63 20 4 25
Western Cape (WC)  0 0 0 0 2
Northern Cape (NC)  0 1 0 0
TOTAL  21 343 267 232 165


To access the National Strategy for the Safety and Security of Rhinoceros Populations in South Africa, click on the link below:
https://www.environment.gov.za/sites/default/files/docs/nationalstrategy_rhinopopulation_safetysecurity.pdf

To access the template, click on the link below:
https://www.environment.gov.za/sites/default/files/docs/forms/templatesorganisations_submittinginformation_rhinoprojects.doc

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

Issued by:
The Department of Environmental Affairs on 30 January 2014

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