1 175 Rhino poached in 2015- Molewa

BY MARC JACOBSON - JANUARY 21, 2016

A total of 1 175 rhino were poached in South Africa in 2015. Of these, 826 were in the Kruger National Park.  This represents a decline of 40 rhinos as compared with the 1 215 that were killed in 2014.

This was revealed by the Minister of Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa, on Thursday when she reported on the progress on the Integrated Strategic Management of Rhinoceros.  This is the South African government's multi-sectoral, multi-disciplinary strategy to combat the threat posed by rhino poaching.

"For the first time in a decade, the poaching situation in South Africa has actually stabilised," said Molewa in a briefing in Pretoria.

"In the face of an increased and relentless rise of poaching activity into protected areas, this is great news and cause for optimism," she said.

“South Africa welcomes the inclusion of wildlife conservation and combating the illegal trade of wildlife on #FOCAC2015 agenda,” Molewa said.

“SA and China are cooperating on measures to reduce illegal trade in wildlife and the sustainable utilisation of Africa’s flora and fauna.”

She had also announced that the Inter-Ministerial Committee will soon meet to approve the Report of the Committee of Inquiry into the rhino horn trade or not.

“The IMC will in due course formulate recommendations for Cabinet’s consideration and approval,” she said.

“This application will result in the suspension of the operation and execution of the court’s decision to review and set aside the moratorium.

“It is heartening to see all South Africans are behind us and working alongside us to save our rhino.

"Let us make 2016 the year we can declare that we have all stood up and done our part to fight poaching."