Game reserve not closing

2013-10-04 00:00

PONGOLA’S Magudu Game Reserve will not be wound up following a settlement agreement reached with part-shareholders Martinus and Elsa Coetzer.

In terms of the agreement, which was made an order of court by Judge Anton van Zyl yesterday, the Coetzer Family Trust agreed to transfer all its shares to the Magudu Game Company at a nominal price within 60 days from October 1, and will resign as members of the Magudu Game Reserve Association.

In exchange, the Magudu Game Company, and the other parties to the application, will pay to erect an electrified game fence along the Coetzers’ boundary, will pay the Coetzers’ R4 300 000, and ensure that specific game is present on, or returned to, the Coetzers’ land.

The game specified in the court order includes 13 rhino, 45 buffalo, 17 giraffe, 10 waterbuck, 70 blue wildebeest and 30 zebra.

The Coetzers had approached the high court earlier this year with an application for the provisional liquidation of the Magudu game reserve as a result of numerous disputes they had with their neighbour and the major shareholder in Magudu, Hendrick Greef, in particular, over the management of the reserve.

One of the issues that was hotly debated in court documents related to the removal of 54 white rhinos from Magudu game reserve to Wintershoek near Kimberley.

The Coetzers alleged that they feared the animals were being relocated in order to be hunted for profit by professional hunting outfits.

Wiaan van der Linde, the owner of Wintershoek, denied this in an affidavit, as did Greef. He said the rhino s were moved to protect them against poaching. The rhinos were removed in August this year in terms of an agreement.

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