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Canned Hunting Canned hunting may have serious implications for the hunting industry in South Africa.

Economics of rhino trade AT US$8bn-$10bn/year, Vietnam’s illicit trade in wildlife and wildlife products dwarfs SA’s growing R10bn/year tourism industry.

Antelope bubble will pop This is a response on the article of CEO Chris Niehaus on the economic risks of trading in colour variations.

Biltongjag Statistieke Resultate van nuwe navorsing oor die ekonomie van biltongjag deur Noorwes Universiteit dui dat daar ‘n styging van 12% in besteding  per jagter per ekspedisie was sedert 2010.

New regulations to prevent pollution  Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa gazetted pollution prevention regulations in terms of the 2004 Air Quality Act in March that will come into effect in  March next year.

Rhino poaching in Namibia on the rise Three Chinese men found in possession of 14 rhino horns and a leopard skin were arrested on the Hosea Kutako International Airport within a week.

Carbon Tax postponed till 2016  Government proposed a carbon tax of R120 per ton of carbon equivalent, which was due to start in January 2015 as a measure to help South Africa reduce its carbon footprint.

SAHGCA Branch establishment

During March 2014 two new branches of SAHGCA were established:

Branch no 72 of the SAHGCA was established at Secunda on Tuesday, 4 March 2014. This is the “Houtkapper” branch and the branch logo will be the Crested Barbet. The Houtkapper branch will serve the Secunda, Evander, Kinross, Trichardt, Leandra, Eendrag, Charl Cilliers and Devon area and will be part of the Mpumalanga South region of the SAHGCA. The shooting range of the Houtkapper branch is situated on the farm Holfontein, 10 km west of Trichardt just off the N17. The branch chairperson is Pieta Engels and his contact details are: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 071 683 1746.


Runaway game prices – an economic bubblewith major conservation risks?

There has been a lot of press coverage recently about the investment potential of game animals, especially disease-free buffalo of East African origin, sable antelope, roan antelope and Livingstone’s eland. Articles like the one in the FM of 16 August 2013, where game industry participants are quoted as saying: “There will be market fluctuations and prices will go up and down, but the bubble will never burst.” and “The rise in prices is more than sustainable.” and “Annual returns on investment of 80% or more are feasible on top breeding animals.” place this industry fairly and squarely within the bubble definition.

Sir Isaac Newton’s quote: “What goes up must go down” has been in common use in the financial investment field for many years. It is equally applicable to any other investment where there have been price increases of the magnitude of the game industry’s. Like religion is based (taking a simplistic view) on the struggle between good and evil, markets operate against the background struggle of greed and fear. When greed is in the ascendancy, you have a bull market; when fear triumphs, you have a bear market. When high returns are stressed, stimulating greed, and risks are glossed over, reducing fear, you create an imbalance and thereby fertile ground for an economic bubble.


Inyahi Park News March 2014


The National Branch Chairmen’s Forum was held on 8 March 2014 at Inyathi Park.  It was attended by 62 Branch Chairpersons and 12 Regional Coordinators. The meeting went smoothly, with delegates being shown the new branch attendance/dedicated activity electronic platform which is going to be rolled-out nationally in July 2014. The Branch subsidy issue was also finally put to bed, with delegates voting overwhelmingly to maintain the status quo. Other important issues included the appointment of NBCF representatives on the task team looking at the SAHGCA Constitution, the increased involvement of Branch management in distributing membership cards to in an attempt to reduce losses in the post, and report-backs on Conservation and Youth Development, amongst others.

HuntEx entrance fees

By this stage most members should be aware that SAHGCA members are being offered a (50% or R50) discount on HuntEx 2014’s entrance fee of R100. HuntEx is also offering the same discount to members of other accredited hunting Associations. Some SAHGCA members have expressed their concern that they are not being given free entry to HuntEx, as has been the case in the past. The reasons for this include the following:


R232.2 million grant received by Peace Parks Foundation

Minister Edna Molewa welcomes the R232.2 million grant received by Peace Parks Foundation from the Dutch and Swedish Postcode Lotteries to combat rhino poaching in southern Africa
South Africa’s Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Minister Edna Molewa has lauded the R232.2 million grant made to the Peace Parks Foundation by the Dutch and Swedish Postcode Lotteries.
The Dutch Postcode Lottery donated R217 million of the total donation, with R15.2 million being contributed by the Swedish Postcode Lottery, towards the fight against rhino poaching.
Minister Molewa said: “This is the largest single contribution made by the private sector to combat rhino poaching and wildlife crime. We welcome this public-private partnership to help ensure the survival of the species.”
The South African government and its public entities, South African National Parks (SANParks) and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife (Ezemvelo), are working closely with Peace Parks Foundation to develop a multi-pronged approach to combat rhino poaching and wildlife crime.