Indaba: Hunting has important role

2012-11-02 00:00

THE professional hunting community in South Africa has an important role to play in nature conservation and economic growth, said the Department of Water and Environmental Affairs.

The department, led by Minister Edna Molewa, earlier this week hosted the first ever hunting indaba in the North West Province. It was attended by government departments, nature conservation bodies and the professional hunting community.

Albi Modise, the department’s chief director of communications, said the engagement was aimed at creating a platform for dialogue regarding hunting and its role and contribution to conservation, transformation and economic growth.

“Hunting is a popular sport in South Africa … The indaba was an important event that will bolster the contribution of the hunting sector to the conservation successes and the economic growth of the wildlife sector in South Africa.”

“The industry is ideally placed to contribute to South Africa’s broader development objectives such as poverty eradication, addressing unemployment and transformation, as well as a contributor to the regeneration of the rural economy in general,” Modise said.

Dr Herman Els, the manager of hunting and conservation at the South African Hunters and Game Conservation Association, said the hunting indaba laid the foundation for a brighter future.

He described the industry as big business that contributed billions to the economy.

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