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Environment Month activities focus on sea level June is National Environment Month on South Africa’s environment calendar, under the theme ‘International Year of Small Islands Developing States’’ (SIDS). The slogan is  ‘’Raise your voice, not the sea level’’
In South Africa, a significant proportion of the metropolitan areas, including numerous towns and smaller settlements, are situated along the coastline and are increasingly becoming vulnerable to storm surges, coastal erosion, sea level rise and extreme weather events. The 3, 650 km coastline is generally exposed to moderate to strong wave action and provides little shelter to storms from the sea.

Hunting to save wildlife More conservationists say hunting is a useful wildlife management tool and poaching is inevitable until rural people benefit from the wildlife around them. The protectionist lobby would like to ban all hunting. Its strategy regarding rhino poachers is simple – shoot the bastards. It is a strategy that has developed into a lethal bush war that conservationists – and the rhinos losing.

1000 kg pangolin scales from SA seized in Hong Kong Cape Town - Hong Kong customs authorities made the largest seizure worldwide of endangered African pangolin last week when they discovered more than 1 000kg of pangolin scales in a shipping container that originated in South Africa.
This most recent seizure comes amid concern over the growing levels of illegal trade in pangolins and other threatened wildlife species. International trade in pangolin is banned under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites).
But with prices and the demand for pangolin flesh and scales high in China, illegal wildlife-trafficking syndicates are prepared to take risks.

Kenya: Poaching to top agenda at first UN Environment meeting Poaching and the illegal trade in wildlife are set to top the agenda at the first United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) to be held in Nairobi  when over 100 government representatives are expected at the UNEA between June 23 and 27.  United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner said they are planning to table a report on the growing trade and the threat it poses at the meeting.
 


Inyathi Park News June 2014

The 2014 Hunting season

The 2014 hunting season is now already well-underway and members are urged to act responsibly and carefully, both in terms of their firearms safety and in their general hunting behaviour. SAHGCA members should, by their actions in the field, continue to show other hunters and landowners what responsible utilisation is all about.

Questionnaire

We mentioned, in our previous newsletter, that we have circulated a questionnaire to members to determine overall preferences and involvement in the fields of conservation, hunting and shooting. We would like to remind those of you who have not completed your questionnaires to please complete them and return them to Inyathi Park.

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Most Versatile Shooting Competition for disabled or impaired competitors

The Sandrivier-58 branch of the SA Hunters and Game Conservation Association (SAHGCA) hosted the Most Versatile Shooting Competition for disabled or impaired competitors on Saturday, 14 June 2014 at Welkom in the Free Sate. This was the first for a competition of this type.

This competition consists of 7 shooting exercises, each carrying the same scoring weight in the competition. For the different shooting exercises small to medium calibre hunting rifles, hunting handguns, big calibre rifles, rim fire rifles and revolvers and pistols were used by 20 competitors for a total of 79 shots.

Andersen Transport, Gannapan hunting farm, Zimbi Books and Guns, Rudolph Optics, LiteOptic, Formalito, Krokodilspruit skietbaan, Disen Engineering, Impala Bullets, Antay Properties, Titan Bullets and Adriaan Rudolph were sponsors for this competition. Prizes and gift vouchers to the value of R 80 000.00 were awarded for the first three places overall and for the first three places in each shooting exercise.

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Public can help to save endangered cycads

Conservation bodies from the private and public sector in South Africa are working together on a strategy to protect the 38 cycads species that occur in South Africa. This strategy includes a national public participation process that will involve landowners, private collectors and communities to conserve critically endangered species.

South Africa is home to 38 cycad species, of which 29 are endemic to the country. This makes South Africa one of the global hot spots for threatened cycads. Cycads are the oldest living seed plants in the world and survived three mass extinction events in earth’s history. There are 308 cycad species on the planet. Three species that are unique to South Africa have been reported as extinct in the wild between 2003 and 2010.

On 9 June, the South African Hunters and Game Conservation Association (SAHGCA) took the lead in facilitating a round table discussion among private cycad growers, government and conservation associations towards developing and implementing a strategy to protect our cycads. Representatives agreed to create a forum to maintain open discussions with government and to involve the private sector in the development of a national cycad Biodiversity Management Plan (BMP) and National Conservation Strategy (NCS).

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Inyathi Park News May 2014

HuntEx

HuntEx 2014 was another resounding success with some 40 000 hunting, firearm and outdoor enthusiasts attending the expo. Participation by exhibitors also increased significantly (by 40% on 2013), with around 327 exhibitors presenting their products and services.
As a 50% joint venture partner in HuntEx, SAHGCA is extremely proud of the role it has played in the start-up and on-going development of HuntEx.  I would like to take the opportunity of congratulating our partner, Adriaan Woudstra, and his colleagues on their indispensable role in organising Huntex 2014 and also of thanking them for their dedication and hard work throughout the four-day event. New member recruitment (and the re-enrolment of lapsed members) continues to be a feature of HuntEx and Inyathi Park staff members succeeded in adding another 719 members to SAHGCA’s active membership list.

Mr FG Deysel of SAHGCA’s Heidelberg Branch was the happy winner of the Mauser M12 rifle (with a Zeiss Duralyt scope) sponsored by the Powder Keg. The relationship between SAHGCA, HuntEx, the Powder Keg and Mauser has been a long and productive one and we look forward to its continuation at HuntEx 2015.

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