Call for all rhino NGOs to register

2013-09-16 00:00

THE Department of Environmental Affairs has asked all non-governmental organisations and individuals who collect funds for rhino conservation and anti-poaching measures to register with the department before monthend.

Spokesperson for the department Albi Modise yesterday said the department wants to create order and determine who is currently doing what for rhinos.

“We are very worried about the increase in the number of organisations and individuals who are illegally collecting money for rhino conservation,” he said.

Deputy director of bio-diversity and conservation, Fundisile Mketeni, had said earlier this year that the department is aware of some 1 400 groups and individuals that are collecting money for rhino conservation. “Many of these people are tin shakers at shopping centres.”

Modise said the registration of the NGOs was necessary to support legal collectors in their attempts to stop poaching and weed out the illegal collectors.

Modise said in terms of legislation, all NGOs must be registered with the Department of Social Development in order to provide audited financial statements.

He said Environmental Affairs has noticed that many of the NGOs that have been taken off the list because they did not submit financial statements, were still collecting money for rhino conservation.

Registering NGOs with Environmental Affairs will contribute to the orderly collection and channelling of funds for rhinos, Modise said.

He said the department would also co-ordinate efforts to ensure that work is not duplicated.

Modise said many foreigners phone the department and ask to whom they can donate funds for rhino conservation.

A list of the names of registered NGOs to whom the public can donate funds, knowing the money would be used as advertised, should be available before year-end, he said.

NGOs that want to register must e-mail the name of their organisation, as well as a summary of their activities, to

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