Ministers to tackle rhino poaching

2013-06-12 21:50

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Johannesburg - Environment Minister Edna Molewa will discuss rhino poaching with Mozambique's Tourism Minister Carvalho Muaria, an official said on Wednesday.

"The talks are expected to focus on the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area, established in 2002, with an emphasis on the scourge of rhino poaching presently affecting South Africa," department spokesperson Albi Modise said.

The area links the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique, the Kruger National Park (KNP), and Zimbabwe's Gonarezhou National Park, Manjinji Pan Sanctuary, and Malipati Safari Area.

The number of rhino poached in South Africa since the start of the year had risen to 408, including 265 in the KNP, Modise said.

Forty-six rhino had been poached in North West, 38 in KwaZulu-Natal, 30 in Limpopo, 26 in Mpumalanga, two in the Eastern Cape and one in Gauteng.

The number of people arrested countrywide on rhino poaching-related charges was currently at 121. Fifty-six of them were arrested in the KNP.

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