Department of Water and Environmental Affairs Minister, Edna Molewa, pledged R75 million over the next two years to SANParks to curb rhino poaching during her budged speech to the National Assembly on 28 May this year.
The Minister also detailed the government’s views and vision on moving towards a green economy, hunting, conservation and biodiversity. The budget speech can be downloaded at the DEA website. On 3 July 2013 the Minister also held a media briefing on the Cabinet’s recent approval that South Africa prepares and submits a rhino horn trade proposal for consideration at CITES CoP 17. The event will be hosted in South Africa in 2016. For more information visit www.environment.gov.za