• Court Application 2017

    Court Application 2017

    SA Hunters’ Court Application affects all legal Firearm Owners The South African Hunters and Game Conservation Association’s (SA Hunters) court application against Read More
  • Hofaansoek April 2017

    Hofaansoek April 2017

    SA Jagters se Hofaansoek raak alle Vuurwapeneienaars Die Suid-Afrikaanse Jagters- en Wildbewaringsvereniging (SA Jagters) se hofaansoek teen die Minister van Polisie oor Read More
  • HuntEx 2017

    HuntEx 2017

    HuntEx is an international consumer exhibition catering for hunters, sportshooters, game farm owners and game breeders, people with personal and defensive protection Read More
  • First cheetah cubs born at Rietvlei Nature Reserve

    First cheetah cubs born at Rietvlei Nature Reserve

    Pretoria:  The birth of three cheetah cubs at Rietvlei Nature Reserve (RNR) south of Pretoria early in November 2016 has caused great Read More
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Conservation News and Information (22)

Bewaringsnuus en -inligting

07 April 2017

SA Hunters and Game Conservation Association studied the progress reported in respect of the Integrated Strategic Management of Rhinoceros, as well as the proposed legislative changes by DEA with regard to rhino horn trade for personal purposes. This most certainly is a very complex matter, making it difficult to anticipate all potential outcomes of options available to government and the private sector to secure the continued existence of rhino as species for future generations.

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01 March 2017

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.

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08 November 2016

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is an international agreement between governments to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. South Africa hosted the 17th international conference of parties (COP17) in Johannesburg at the International Convention Centre from 24 September to 5 October this year. It was the largest gathering of CITES in its 43 year history with the participation of 152 governments and more than 3,500 people. Over 500 species were affected by decisions taken on 62 proposals that various member states tabled at COP17.

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27 September 2016

Opening Address by President Jacob Zuma, at the Opening of the 17th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in Johannesburg, South Africa

24 September 2016

Good morning to all and Welcome to South Africa!
 
I am honoured to welcome you to our shores as you gather this week, to discuss very important issues pertaining to the regulation of international trade in wildlife.

The CITES is an important agreement between governments as it regulates international trade in wild fauna and flora.

It is critical for governments to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.  Regulations must ensure that trade of Rhinos for example, or wild ginger is in a way that ensures that future generations continue to benefit from them, and that they do not become extinct.

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08 September 2016

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) World Conservation Congress (WCC) has commenced in Hawaii on 1 September. At the Congress, the IUCN’s 1300 member organisations, some of the most influential government and civil society organisations from more than 160 countries, will collectively decide on actions to address the most pressing and sometimes controversial conservation and sustainable development challenges.

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24 August 2016

Die Suid-Afrikaanse Jagters-en-wildbewaringsvereniging (SAJWV) asook ander bewaringsinstansies is met reg bekommerd oor die departement van landbou en visserye se “eensydige” besluit dat wildboere nou met 12 wildspesies mag teel soos met vee om nuwe variëteite te vestig.  Die “vreemde” of meer korrek, resessiewe kleurvariante wat nou vry algemeen deur wildtelers dmv selektiewe teelmetodes geproduseer word, hou sonder twyfel ‘n groot bedreiging in vir natuurlike wildbevolkings.  Resessiewe kleurvariante is ‘n natuurlike verskynsel, maar diere wat kunsmatig geselekteer en geteel word om sekere “unieke” uiterlike kenmerke na vore te bring, skep ‘n besliste risiko vir wild wat in die natuur voorkom. Dit geld veral wanneer sulke geneties gemanipuleerde diere se getalle deur inteling tot kommersiële vlakke vermeerder word – en dit is presies wat nou op groot skaal aan die gebeur is.  

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12 August 2016

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) recently added twelve wildlife species to the list of tame and domesticated animals regulated under its Animal Improvement Act (No. 62 of 1998). This amendment will allow genetic manipulation and cross-breeding of wildlife in the same way that cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, horses and poultry are bred to obtain animals with specific characteristics for agricultural purposes.

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17 February 2016

Dit is algemeen bekend dat Brandsiekte onder diere soos wildsbokke en vee voorkom. In die wolbedryf is brandsiekte ‘n ernstige en aanmeldbare siekte waarvoor boere op die uitkyk moet wees en betyds skape moet behandel om enstige ekonomiese skade te voorkom. Dit is egter grootliks onbekend of roofdiere ook brandsiekte kan opdoen en is daar al in die Karoo en Limpopo rooijakkalse met brandsiekte waargeneem.
 
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01 February 2016

The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) held the 2nd national stakeholder engagement workshop on the intensive and selective breeding of colour variants in game in Pretoria on 2 December 2015. Presentations were made by scientists, local and international conservation organisations, government, local and international hunting organisations and game breeders.  

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02 February 2016

In compliance with signed international conservation treaties and agreements as well as national legislation, the Government has a responsibility to ensure conservation and sustainable utilisation of South Africa’s biodiversity resources. As part of this responsibility, the Scientific Authority of South Africa, appointed in terms of the National Environmental Management Biodiversity Act, must make a non-detriment finding (NDF) to confirm that the trade, including export of CITES I listed species (such as leopard), will not impact negatively on the survival of that species in the wild.

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04 August 2015

Wildstropery, oftewel onwettige jag, is een van vele uitdagings waarmee wildboere daagliks te doen kry. Hoewel die stroop van Suid-Afrika se renosterbevolking wêreldwyd opslae maak weens die geweldige impak wat dit op die voortbestaan van hierdie bedreigde spesies het, loop baie  ander wildspesies ook deur onder stropers.

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31 July 2015

Internasionale Dag vir Veldwagters word op Vrydag, 31 Julie regoor die wêreld gevier om hulde te bring aan veldwagters wat in die uitvoer van hulle pligte gesterf het. In Suid-Afrika val die klem veral op die veldwagters wat daagliks hulle lewens in gevaar stel om renosterstropers in nasionale parke en reservate te stuit.

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