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South Africa and Mozambique to sign Memorandum of Understanding in the field of Biodiversity, Conservation and Management

09 April 2014

 

The Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa, and the Mozambican Minister of Tourism, Mr Carvalho Muária, will sign a Memorandum of Understanding in the field of Biodiversity, Conservation and Management at Skukuza in the Kruger National Park on 17 April 2014.

Mozambique is regarded as a priority country for South Africa within the SADC region and South Africa recognises the need for engaging with Mozambique on wildlife management. This is particularly with respect to addressing the scourge of rhino poaching within the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park (GLTP), as escalating incidences of poaching have become a major challenge within the GLTP to rhino populations.

The signing of the MOU between the two countries follows extensive negotiations, and less than a year since a bilateralmeeting took place on 14 June 2013 in Maputo, Mozambique, between Minister Molewa and Minister Muária.

It was acknowledged at the June 2013 meeting that a government-to-government MOU on Cooperation in the field of Biodiversity, Conservation and Management was required to assist in addressing wildlife crimes, including rhino poaching.

The conclusion of the agreement comes as the number of rhinos poached in South Africa since the start of 2014 increased to 277.  The number of alleged poachers arrested since January 1, 2014, has risen to 86.

A total of 166 rhinos have been poached in the Kruger National Park, 34 in Limpopo, 32 in North West, and 24 in KwaZulu-Natal.

South Africa are urged to report incidents of poaching and tip-offs to the anonymous tip-off lines 0800 205 005, 08600 10111 or Crime-Line on 32211.

Rhino poaching statistics

 

South Africa 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
KNP (SANParks) 146 252 425 606 166
MNP (SANParks) 0 6 3 3 0
GP 15 9 1 8 0
LIM 52 74 59 114 34
MP 17 31 28 92 10
NW 57 21 77 87 32
EC 4 11 7 5 6
FS 3 4 0 4 4
KZN 38 34 66 85 24
WC 0 6 2 0 1
NC 1 0 0 0 0
 Total 333 448 668 1004 277

 

Rhino poaching arrests statistics

 

South Africa - Arrests 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010
KNP 32 133 73 82 67
MNP 0 0 0 0 0
Gauteng (GP) 0 10 26 16 10
Mpumalanga (MP) 0 34 66 73 16
Eastern Cape (EC) 8 0 0 2 7
Limpopo (LP) 2 70 34 34 36
North West (NW) 20 26 32 21 2
Free State (FS) 0 7 6 0 0
KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) 24 63 20 4 25
Western Cape (WC) 0 0 0   2
Northern Cape (NC) 0 0 1 0 0
Total 86 343 267 232 165

 

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