During 2016, SA Hunters participated in the government-led Biodiversity Economy Lab that formed part of the results-driven Phakisa (hurry-up) programme aimed at addressing poverty, unemployment and inequality through accelerated economic growth. Three focus areas received attention, namely Marine and Coastal Tourism, Bioprospecting, and the Wildlife Economy. This report focuses on the wildlife economy that contributed approximate 3% to the national GDP, growing annually by an average of 9,3% from 2008 to 2014, which is much higher than the meagre 1,8% per annum for the general economy during the same period. This demonstrates that wildlife and the hunting sector as one of the largest contributors to the wildlife economy, can contribute substantially to socio-economic development in the country.
"WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP STOP ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME?
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- Familiarise yourself with your environmental rights and responsibilities;
- Tell your friends and family about environmental crime and why it should be stopped;
- If you suspect that an environmental crime is taking place, report it to relevant authorities (such the relevant national, provincial or local government department, the South African Police Service orcall the Environmental Crimes and Incidents Hotline on 0800 205 205);"*
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A modest token of humanity and kindness by hunters in the Overberg area to assist the drought-stricken community of Sutherland, Northern Cape, escalated to a generous 480 tonnes of animal feed within weeks. To date, Sutherland’s farmers received food and other supplies to the value of R1,04 million from the hunting community.
‘n Beskeie welwillendheidsgebaar van ‘n paar sakke mielies vir boere in die droogtegeteisterde Sutherland in die Noord-Kaap, het binne weke gegroei tot 480 ton voorraad om die ergste droogte in 'n lang tyd in hierdie streek te verlig. Tot dusver, word die totale waarde van die droogtebystand op R1,04 miljoen bereken, nadat die gemeenskap in die Overbergdistrik hul harte en beursies oopgemaak het.