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Breakthrough in rhino poaching welcomed

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Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has congratulated the investigating team that spearheaded the arrest of two people in Gauteng for allegedly dealing...

Soldiers part of multi-agency collaboration taking on rhino poachers

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Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said the arrest of 10 alleged poachers in the Kruger National Park was yet another example of...

Joint SADC border patrols envisaged to track down wildlife poachers

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South African Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa wants to see the Southern African Development Community (SADC) expand its conservation and anti-poaching efforts...

Slight drop in rhino poaching in 2017

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No less than 21 people in the South Africa law enforcement sector were arrested for poaching related offences last year, Environmental Affairs...

All South Africans must work together to end rhino poaching –...

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Environmental Affairs Minister, Edna Molewa, calls on all South Africans to join hands with government to put an end to rhino poaching...

Minister welcomes arrest in rhino case

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Environmental Affair Minister, Dr Edna Molewa, has welcomed the arrest of a Chinese national for rhino horn smuggling and the recent sentencing...

Audit into SA stockpiles of rhino horn underway

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South Africa is in the process of conducting an audit of all existing stockpiles of rhino horn in an effort to prevent...

South African game ranger corps becoming an anti-poaching force – Molewa

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As South Africa battles threats against its natural heritage on numerous fronts across the country it has necessitated a change in approach...

Minister lauds rhino horn bust

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Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has welcomed the arrest of an alleged rhino horn smuggler at the OR Tambo International Airport. "The action...

Arrests in connection with rhino poaching top the 350 mark

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More proof of the Kruger National Park's "attraction" for poachers is that well over half of arrests nationally in connection with wildlife,...

Rhino kill numbers down slightly in first six months of 2017

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South Africa's rhino population decreased by 529 in the first six months of this year, 13 less than the same period last...

Drop in rhino poaching reported for 2016

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The 2016 calendar year saw poachers kill 1 054 rhinos, down from the previous year's all-time high of 1 175, Environmental Affairs...

Rhino kills in Kruger down, attempted poaching incursions up

In the first four months of this year there have been nine recorded incursions a day into the Kruger National Park with...

Rhino conservation – Quo Vadis

The seventh and final item on Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa's budget vote speech in the National Assembly this week dealt with...

KZN coastal protection contract cancelled, could impact on ocean economy

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Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa's latest additions to South African marine protected areas (MPAs) will bring ocean protection within the country's exclusive...

US donates high-tech equipment to help fight rhino poaching

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South Africa's stock of high-tech equipment to track down and apprehend poachers has been boosted to the tune of more than R12...

Rhino kill in 2015 slightly down, Minister says poaching has “stabilised”

Last year South Africa lost 1,175 rhino to poachers – 40 less than 2014's all-time high of 1,215 – which Environmental Affairs...

Environmental Affairs Minister confident war on rhino poaching will be won

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Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has told a briefing in Cape Town that the sectoral approach now in operation against rhino poachers...

Environmental Affairs Minister tells UN conference rhino poaching won’t happen “on...

South African Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has told a joint Interpol/UNEP (UN Environmental Protection) conference that the forces for good in...

Kudos to anti-poaching unit

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Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has congratulated the 26-member Black Mamba anti-poaching unit for being awarded the United Nations top accolade –...

Four Cabinet ministers show support for anti-rhino poaching operations

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A Cabinet show of force with four ministers present was at the weekend used to indicate the high level of concern government...

Environmental monitors are another addition to the rhino anti-poaching arsenal

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Environment Affairs Minister Edna Molewa used the commemoration of World Rangers Day to update South Africans on another rhino protection initiative –...

Unofficial rhino kill figure just short of 600

As of today there has been no official update on rhino poaching in South Africa but a reputable non-government organisation (NGO) said...

Positive results from UAVs trialled as anti-poaching tool in Kruger

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SANParks is, understandably, tight-lipped about intelligence provided by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) currently being tested in the Kruger National Park but indications...

Rhino kill figures up on last year

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Environment Affairs Minister Edna Molewa maintains South Africa is not losing the war against rhino poaching but statistics show otherwise. By the end...

South Africa still losing rhino at a rate of more than...

While official rhino kill figures have only been made available once this year, statistics collected and maintained by conservation NGOs indicate around...

Lack of rhino poaching statistics unacceptable

Even though Government has rated rhino poaching a priority crime this does not mean information as to the number of animals killed...

Rhino poaching continues apace

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Environment Minister Edna Molewa's acknowledgement that rhino poaching figures remain "worryingly high" looks set to re-occur again this year with no less...

Rhino kills at an all-time high

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The resources South Africa is putting into the front line of the war to at least cut the number of rhino being...

South Africa still fighting a war against rhino poachers

South Africa, through Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa, believes the country is at war with rhino poachers and it is a war...

Call for emergency measures as rhino kills near 900

With year-end fast approaching, South Africa is still losing more than three rhinos a day to poachers and if the killing continues...

Transnational crime syndicates use brutal methods says environment minister

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Environment Affairs Minister Edna Molewa believes the increase in rhino poaching in particularly the Kruger National Park shows the "sinister and brutal...

Police pitching in to prevent rhino poaching

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Deputy Police Minister Maggie Sotyu told Parliament a dedicated special investigation unit under the command of the SA Police Service's Detective Services...

Calculated hot pursuit suggested as option to halt rhino poaching

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With Parliament setting aside three hours tomorrow for a debate on rhino poaching and its impact on national heritage, the timing of...

SA signs new Benguela Current pact

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South Africa has signed and adopted the new Benguela Current Commission (BCC) with Angola and Namibia, which will see the three countries...

Hot pursuit of rhino poachers happening

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National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega has confirmed hot pursuit has been added to the arsenal available for South African law enforcement to...

Rhino counter-poaching ops boosted by millions of rands

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Tucked away in Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa's budget vote address last week was a sentence that will boost the efforts of...

Over 400 rhino killed so far this year – Kruger still...

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The massive injection of funds into South Africa's national anti- rhino poaching effort in March does not yet appear to have filtered...

Mozambique/SA conservation MOU includes rhino safeguarding

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The priority crime rating rhino poaching has been given is an indication of the seriousness government attaches to it. Sadly when it...

More UAVs for rhino counter-poaching duty

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Part of a more than R230 million foreign grant to boost capacity in South Africa's ongoing battle against rhino poaching will go...

Rhino killing continues unabated

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The Kruger National Park's rhino population remains under heavy threat from poachers with no less than 63 carcasses found in the world...

More than a thousand rhinos killed last year

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Last year, for the first time since rhino poaching records have been kept, South Africa lost over 1 000 of this Big...

South Africa lost more than two rhino a day to poachers...

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Indications are South Africa did not reach the four figure mark of rhino killed by poachers last year. Latest information from the Department...

Hot pursuit of poachers could be on the way

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By the end of January the man heading SANParks anti-poaching operations should know whether his men will be given the hot pursuit...