By Albi Modise
The Department of Environmental Affairs today, 24 July 2013 released the Rhino Issue Management (RIM) Report which emanated from the national consultation process to facilitate a common understanding of the key issues related to the protection and conservation of South Africa's rhino population.
The Rhino Issue Management Process, headed by former SANParks CEO Mr Mavuso Masimang, took place during 2012.
Mr Msimang and his team hosted 16 workshops, and 400 roundtable and one-on-one discussions to facilitate a common understanding of the challenges and opportunities relating to rhino conservation in the face of rhino poaching.
The workshops and other processes were put in place to allow all stakeholders to collectively seek a solution to the devastating and escalating, internationally driven onslaught on the South African rhinoceros population.
The release of the RIM report comes as the number of rhino poached in South Africa increased to 514.
The Kruger National Park continues to bear the brunt of poaching with 321 rhino poached since 1 January 2013, while 54 have been killed for their horns in Limpopo, 53 in North West and 43 in KwaZulu-Natal. A total of 143 alleged poachers have been arrested this year.
The final report submitted to the Minister and Department of Environmental Affairs in January 2013 has greatly assisted the department in reviewing and updating its rhino response strategy outlined in the National Strategy for the Safety and Security of the Rhinoceros Population of South Africa (NSSSRPSA). More....