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Game sale trends in SA Trends in the private game industry in South Africa represent ever-increasing prices for scarce game and colour variations at auctions nationwide. Prices for buffalo, sable and roan are booming. While this sounds like a good thing, not everyone is equally impressed with the state of affairs. 

Calls for SA to trade in rhino horn Michael Eustace,  conservationist and investment analyst holds the view that the trade in rhino horn is the only solution to poaching. According to Eastace: The trade ban is not working and has never worked. It has favoured criminals exclusively and has been at huge cost to the rhino and rhino owners." He says because  SA owns 70% of the world’s rhino, it  needs to take the lead in developing and promoting a more intelligent plan for the rhino. No-one else is going to do it and the present situation is absurd

Do one thing (for rhinos) says Malherbe Braam Malherbe, director of the Institute for Accountability in Southern Africa, said he was vehemently opposed to legalising the trade in rhino horn for many years, but he now sees no reason not to at least test the market with natural mortality horn and possibly with registered dehorned stockpiles.He believes in the DOT principle. Do one thing...

New moths species discovered in wetland Two new moth species from the same family were discovered in the  iSimangaliso Wetland, which is SA's first World Heritage site. Read more about this discovery.

Conservation Projects

Tinyarhi Conservation Projects

Tinyarhi Conservation Projects (Tinyarhi) is the conservation vehicle for SA Hunters and Game Conservation Association, which was founded in 1949 and has approximately 37, 000 members nationally represented in 73 branches all over South Africa. Tinyarhi is registered with SARS as a Section 18A(1)(a) Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) with registration number 930035936, and is authorised to issue all donors with tax deduction certificates in terms of Section 56(1)h of the Act for relevant donations as described in Section 18A of the Income Tax Act.   .Tinyarhi is also a Department of Social Development registered non-profit association with registration number, 071-086-NPO and is authorised to issue BBBEE points certificates to donors who do not want to undertake their own socio-economic development projects in terms of BBBEE legislation.


Plans to curb animal road kills

Awareness of roads as a threat to wildlife has been highlighted recently by the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Wildlife and Transport Programme (EWT-WTP). Consequently, public concern over road kills and its impacts on biodiversity has been raised. SAHGCA members can help to assess the scope of animal road kills through the collection of field data, which improves our understanding of the threat and helps to identify important areas for mitigation. Through the process of citizen science, members of the public can assist in data collection to enable the comprehensive identification of ‘hotspot’ areas throughout the country, and to improve our knowledge of the impact of roads towards implementing effective mitigation measures.


Amending the Red List of Mammals of South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho

The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), in partnership with the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) and Mammal MAP, is revising the Red List of Mammals of South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho. Red Lists are an international system for determining how threatened or how well-conserved species are. In the previous assessments, the contribution of game on private land was excluded from the assessment, but the valuable contribution game ranchers are making towards conservation are recognised in this assessment. SAHGCA requests members who are land owners, to provide the data required to support this very valuable initiative.

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