Media invitation: South Africa hosts a bi-lateral meeting with Vietnam to discuss wildlife protection and law enforcement issues

27 September 2011

South Africa will host a bi-lateral meeting with a Vietnamese government delegation to discuss the ongoing scourge of rhino poaching and find ways to combat the illegal smuggling of rhino horn.

The bi-lateral meeting which  takes place on Wednesday, 28 September 2011 in Johannesburg, will amongst other things discuss issues of wildlife protection and in particular issues pertaining to hunting and illegal killing of rhinoceros and the subsequent illegal trade in rhino horn. 

A Vietnamese delegation led by their Vice Prime Minister visited South Africa recently and it was agreed that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on wildlife trafficking would be finalised. 

A draft bi-lateral MoU between the two countries to collaborate among others on wildlife protection and law enforcement is expected to be agreed upon at the meeting.  The final MoU between the two countries will be finalised once all the due processes have been followed.

A press briefing will be convened on the completion of the bi-lateral meeting.  Media is invited to the briefing.

 

MEDIA BRIEFING DETAILS:

 

Date:              Wednesday, 28 September 2011
Time:              12h30
Venue:           Crowne Plaza Rosebank Hotel, Corner Tyrwhitt & Sturdee Avenues, Rosebank.

 

For media RSVPs contact:

Lucky Sindane
Cell: 072 188 9216
E-mail: LSindane@environment.gov.za

 

Ernest Mulibana
Tel: 012 395 1770
E-mail: EMulibana@environment.gov.za

 

For media queries contact:
Albi Modise
Cell: 083 490 2871