Community to benefit from rhino tender

2012-01-04 13:34

Durban - Proceeds from the tender to hunt a white rhino advertised by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife will benefit impoverished residents of KwaMduku in Mkuze, the conservation body's CEO said on Wednesday.

"Proceeds of the tender will go to the community and they will use the money for conservation purposes," Bandile Mkhize said.

Animal rights groups had criticised Ezemvelo for putting out a tender to hunt a white rhino last year. A KwaZulu-Natal businessman reportedly won the right to kill the rhino for R969 000.

"The tender was advertised at the request of the community that owns the reserve as they needed funds for conservation," Mkhize said.

"We are working with professionals. All decisions are made on scientific evidence and we do our homework before we take the decision to issue out a tender to hunt a rhino."

He said they were not breaking the law because the hunting was done in a controlled environment and the animal not sold on the black market.

"Hunting is legal if it is done within the prescribed laws."

According to Mkhize KwaZulu-Natal was amongst the three provinces that had reduced rhino poaching in the past two years.

For 2012 Ezemvelo has advertised tenders to hunt animals including giraffe, nyala, zebra and warthog.

  • Steve - 2012-01-04 13:47

    so how will the money be spent and will the community benefit when all the animals have been hunted?

      Piet - 2012-01-04 13:59

      Steve that happens when people poach animals not hunt them commercially. Why do we still have cows when we kill millions every year?

      David - 2012-01-04 14:17

      What's next? Will they issue a permit to shoot corrupt politicians too? They are NOT an endangered species. For 960K I'll carve him up real nice and feed him/her to the KZN crocs.LOL.

      Spyker - 2012-01-04 14:48

      At least when there are no more rhinos left in the known universe, this 'community' can tell their (ever-growing number of) off-springs, how much they benefited from the demise of the rhino...

      Michael - 2012-01-04 15:44

      @piet one of the issues here is also the fact that the community will obviously not benefit. This is for Bandile Mkhize's new BMW secondly, do they have a breeding program that allows them to "cull" rhino? Thirdly, your response, comparing cows with a protected species that is almost extinct = EPIC FAIL

      alexander.lombard - 2012-01-04 16:22

      @Michael. Although I do not think people should hunt Rhino as it holds no real benifit for humans as we can not eat them and I also do not beleive the community will benifit and as you said they are endangered. I however agree with Piet, if peope can understand that breeding animals could become a bigger comodity than just killing them then Rhino and other animal speces wil grow. Game farming has become big bussiness in SA over the past few years. This has opened up commercial land that was previously used for cattle farming to "whild" animals.

  • acsteyn - 2012-01-04 13:50

    How does the community use the money for conservation purposes? That is crap. If this extremely controvesial and immotive issue continues, the money must go directly to the Dept. of Conservation. Can you imagine how many more Rhinos will be killed for theimpoverished community? What are these people smoking?

      Piet - 2012-01-04 14:00

      Maybe the community will start to protect the Rhinos if they can get something out of it. Ever thought about that?

      Gungets - 2012-01-04 18:07

      Thanks Clinton and Piet. The reason KZN is able to reduce poaching is due to the inclusive relationship they ALREADY have with the local communities. It is the same reason that causes Limpopo to have the highest poaching rate. If the local communities do not see the benefits they will make any conservation effort impossible.

  • Alva - 2012-01-04 13:52

    This sends out the wrong message. RSA have lost over 440 rhino this year to poachers, yet it is okay to add one more to the total of dead rhino? At this point Ezemvelo should stick to making money from giraffe, nyala and zebra. As for working with professionals, who got caught up in Limpopo for poaching rhino? 2 x vets! How professional is that? Until such time as our rhino population is no longer under ANY threat, there should be a moratorium on hunting and zero tolerance to poaching. If Ezemvelo have spare rhino, well done guys! BUT...Please sell off your spare rhino to other parks in RSA. Don't shoot them!

      Piet - 2012-01-04 14:02

      And if the targeted animal dies of old age in the next two to three years? Why not hunt him for a million? He cannot be relocated anymore....And how do you suppose will the poaching stop? You people are not thinking further than your noses!

      Alva - 2012-01-04 14:11

      If we had an abundance of rhino, the shooting of one rhino would not be an issue. This reads that every time a community is short of cash, shoot a rhino! Under the present circumstances is that a good moral choice? What type of person would want to shoot a rhino anyway? If Ezemvelo have marked a specific rhino for hunting, is this not canned hunting? If the successful bidder has R960 000 to pay to shoot a rhino, for the love of God, be a hero, spare the rhino and donate the money to the community!

      Michael - 2012-01-04 15:46

      @piet, we are all looking past our noses actually, and into a future with no more Rhino. I think you are arguing just for the sake of arguing.

      Sue - 2012-01-04 15:56

      Well done velarstardust - you seem to be the only one realising the concern that it is the rhino being killed - the one creature they've chosen to reduce the number even closer to reaching extinction. If for the purpose of benefits to communities the income is what counts - so kill everything else that is in abundance. Yet another rhino off the already close to non-existent list remaining won't help the community in any bdetter way whatsoever given that it is only the money they want.

      Gungets - 2012-01-04 22:23

      Velardust, Michael, Sue. What is your counterproposal. If this is just wrong, and must be stopped, what is your viable proposal to funding conservation in SA. This is a genuine question, it is a solution everyone is looking for. Personally, I hate the fact that we are forced to sell animals to raise money but I can see no other way.

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  • Deeteem - 2012-01-04 13:56

    When I wake up tomorrow morning, I will look like Michael Jackson !!! Which story do you believe ?

  • Piet - 2012-01-04 14:02

    And the greenies are going to protest again about something they do not know anything about.

      Morné - 2012-01-04 14:51

      Your attitude is as unhelpful as that of the community thinking with their harts and not their heads. Using blanket derogatory terms like greenies and bunny huggers shows your own arrogance and disregard for all issues pertaining to conservation. You are lumping all ideologies into one, including conservationists, environmentalists, animal rights activists and those that merely want a healthy safe environment to live in. Maybe what you should have said is that this is a conservation issue and not an animal rights issue. That the overall conservation status of the species can be assessed, taking into consideration such aspects as mortality rates (natural and as a result of poaching), birthrates and population growth as well as genetic diversity. According to the conservation status of the species, the culling of individuals can then be considered, provide the are no longer able to add to the conservation status of the species. Instead you antagonize any and all with a soft spot for conservation. Well done!

  • acsteyn - 2012-01-04 14:02

    I would like all of you to join me in begging this potential hunter of this Rhino to withdraw his offer. If he has R 960,000.00 to spend on killing an animal, I would implore him to use the money more fruitfully and perhaps decide to build a school for that impoverished community.

  • jcadman3 - 2012-01-04 14:04

    Totally double standards!!! Thought they were meant to be protected not hunted !!!

  • mario.dippenaar - 2012-01-04 14:09

    Econ 101. Farmer can hire more farm workers, workers get a salary, they spend their hard earned cash at the spaza shop and the cycle continues, generating wealth for everyone. To be honest, I feel that the rhino should be seen as a martyr, his 'sacrifice' will improve a lot of peoples lives, directly and indirectly.

      Piet - 2012-01-04 14:14

      He now also confirms that a Rhino is worth one million. If I had any I would make sure they live trouble free and I would surely get my stock to breed. This is what the greenies are missing., They think that trophy hunter shout animals indiscriminately. That is what poachers do. Trophy hunters do more for conservation than people tend to believe.

      Piet - 2012-01-04 14:15


      Alva - 2012-01-04 14:31

      The trophy hunter will mount head of rhino number 444. What a big toss he will be! How to become the most unpopular person alive in one shot!

  • Dinky - 2012-01-04 14:13

    I do not believe Mkhize - not a single word. You obfuscate Sir and I am not using obscene language. WHY oh WHY do Africans eat the last seed instead of keeping it to regenerate itself ? Why not auction ? Will other Parks not pay or is their money not good enough ?. He can demand a female calf from this male. Barter for benefit for all, sir. So your "reason" is so weak its laughable. To the hunter - you had better not be a white man and if you are - emigrate right now mister and take your horn with you. Your name will be leaked and you will be known. OR ...back out now while you can - sell your option to another Park. Let this male Rhino at his peak, spread his seed, please. A man of the right colour will remain anonymous and sell his trophy to Asia for a profit. That is how Africans do business. Pointless my begging this entity.

  • Slyporkie - 2012-01-04 14:16

    ..considering stud bulls have sold for more than the price of that hunt, I am sure that someone would pay more for a live Rhino. Perhaps, if Governments would start legalizing the culling of the Human population (which is on a record high), Animal poaching would decrease and the Global economy would begin to rise.

      Gungets - 2012-01-04 18:13

      Porkie - please post links to the stories of stud males going for more than a million. I have looked in vain.

  • WotzisName - 2012-01-04 14:19

    These people are disgusting soul-less money-greedy idiots! What choice does the poor rhino have while these cruel heartless humans gamble with it's life! These neanderthals should be shot for cash, not the rhino!

  • Piet - 2012-01-04 14:28

    You are all missing the point. If we remove the monetary value they will be extinct in the next 15 years. Why must a game farmer keep them? Instead then of commercial hunting what you are proposing is that the farmer kills them for their horns and do not give a hell about a breeding stock for the Trophy hunters. That is what happened with the Groenewald's. How many of his own Rhino did he kill?

      Slyporkie - 2012-01-04 15:17

      ..actually, I was proposing nothing of the sort. Why hunt animals as trophies at all, they are food? Vietnam has no more Rhino's, zip, nada, zero. All hunted to extinction in 2010. Removing the monetary value from anything, makes it undesirable amongst humans...nobody cares if you have a trophy kill of a pigeon on your wall, do they?! Why is that?

      Gungets - 2012-01-04 18:15

      If the Vietnamese had allowed ethical hunting there would heva been an incentive to keep them alive. Was there a single Vietnamese rhino in a reserve - and if not, why not.

  • Andre - 2012-01-04 14:32

    the community must ask the Anc to give them more than the R 900 000 just from their centenery party costs-wow.All people thinking like this are obviously uneducated and typically like the rest of Africa,where everything is damaged and disrespected,typically.

  • Bongani - 2012-01-04 15:04

    I have read all these arguments on both sides and still I'm not convinced that we should be killing any Rhinos. I fully agree with Velastardust, I think it would be disgusting putting up a Rhino trophy in one's house. I find the lion farms equally disturbing. I don't care if you breed these animals by the million every year and then sell them to blood thirsty humans to shoot and make money, it still doesn't make it right. Who are we the lowest form of life on this planet, with our relentless destruction, to decide what animal should live and which should die. And the comment in the news report that the community will use these funds for conservation? Yeh right.

  • Lebza Dikgetsi - 2012-01-04 15:07

    Mkhize is lying through his/her teeth, they only now want to justify their selfish interest. What they are doing is to encourage poaching

  • Rod - 2012-01-04 15:19

    Please can anyone explain this one to me. Well over 10% of remaining rhino killed in 2011, yet we still have leagel hunting ???Piet, civilised nations stoped the decline of whales without any commercial gain, should we not look after our wild life for free as well

      Piet - 2012-01-04 17:33

      Rod History has taught us the opposite. When I grew up you had a cattle farm and a camp for some game. Today the whole farm is for Game. Why is that? Maybe because I can make a living out of it. I can sell my game when they start to reach unsustainable numbers. Who farms Whales? Who is going to place a Rhino on his property if he cannot make any money out of the animal in the long run. Being hunted or relocated. Nobody Rod, Nobody! That is the sad sack state of game management. The Rhino being offered is past its prime. He contribution now is money...Sad ne!

      Ronald - 2012-01-04 18:16

      Piet, a simple example of what you are saying is presently affecting our lives. Have you noticed how much the price of lamb has jumped in the past year? Also, you cannot for the love of money buy a whole sheep or mutton from your local butcher. One of the reasons for this is the massive profit that the middle man slapped onto the sheep in relation to what the farmer was getting, and sales dropped. As profits were down, the farmers changed to larger animals, i.e. beef, moved over to game farming or planted crops. The price of lamb at present is R100-R120 per kilo, and will rise steadily as the sheep population declines. @Rod. At present all catches taken at sea only carry the cost of the licences, capital equipment and wages.If people had to pay rates and taxes on the areas of ocean inhabited by the whales, or anything they harvest from the sea for that matter, I think that the scenario would have been drastically different. The same goes for land dwelling animals. Conservation and management of herds on private property compared to National Parks is much better and effective because the owner of the land has to make a sustainable living off the land or starve. That is why the anti-poaching measures on private land are also more effective with more innovations tried on a regular basis.

      Gungets - 2012-01-04 22:19

      Rod - the comparison with whales is way too simplistic. It is not possible to recruit a few poor locals to go out, shoot a whale and then carry out 5 tons of blubber. Deny the poor locals living next to our reserves a living from conservation and they will take it, and there is little that can be done. I am interested in suggestions on how to make our reserves sustainable. All I hear till now is a lot of moaning but not one, NOT ONE solution to fund raising. Not Earthlife Africa, not the Outraged Citizens, not HORN, have not dug into their pockets. R6 million is all it will take to stop all the advertise hunts in Hluhluwe Imfolozi. Drop in the ocean for all many critics here, show me the money.

      Charl - 2012-01-12 23:07

      Estimated white rhino population 20 000, poacing losses in 2011 circa 400 = 10% ?

  • Sam - 2012-01-04 15:27

    I suggest a bounty of R1 billion on the Great White Hunter. His intromittent appendage, when dried, powdered and packaged with a certificate of authenticity, should fetch an absolute fortune on the Oriental market, where every penile nanometer counts. I mean, this brave hunter must have the good stuff popping out of his ears!

  • J.p. - 2012-01-04 16:19

    I said it before, I cannot believe how many Africa envrionmental specialists we have in this country and abroad. The decision to hunt the rhino was made by specialists in their field. Animal rights groups are using this to get free mileage. Where were they when 440 rhinos were poached over the past year? A squeak here and there, but Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife is an easy target and a hunting tender supplies an excellent vehicle to hype up a predominantly poorly informed international community to open their wallets. So for the 'Outraged' group this was an unexpected but highly welcome Christmas present. If Bloch and his cronies want to make a difference go after the Asian poaching syndicates, but they will not do it because it is too much of an effort and will cost too much. Remember, animal rights are in it for the money as well and they more than often use misinformation and emotion to earn their bucks. Should the rhino be 'saved' it will go one way. It will grow old and will not be able to feed and digest its food properly and will eventually die of hunger while occupying scarce conservation space that could have been utilised by animals in their prime... and E KZN Wildlife loose money that could have been spend on conservation. That rhino does not hold any benefit to the species as he is past his prime, but animal rights always concentrate on the individual without any real conscent for a species as a whole... and it supplies easy bucks!

      Piet - 2012-01-04 17:34

      Well Said.

  • christo.boshoff1 - 2012-01-04 16:23

    Still....a Rhino...are they actually thinking...uhm NO!!!C Scientific my ass!!!

  • Michelle - 2012-01-04 17:29

    So you raise funds for conservation by killing wildlife? Including edangered wildlife? That's CRAZY!!!

  • traceyannlee - 2012-01-04 17:50

    @ Piet - your last comment negates all your previous comments as it hilights how unenlightened you actually are: the reason there are so many more cows, chickens, lambs / sheep etc is because mankind has been very successful at farming them. The same cannot however be said for many "wild" species eg. rhinos, sharks (the kind killed for man's greed of sharkfin soup), dolphins, etc. Only God can control the rate at which these breed and mankind is killing many of these species faster than God can replensih them. You don't have to be a rocket-scientist to figure that one out !

      Gungets - 2012-01-04 18:20

      Twaddle. People breed domestic animals for money. They have a value. Man has been VERY successful at "farming" rhino - they were all but extinct not long ago. Stop man benefitting at all from rhino and they will go the same way as the Wild Dog, Vietnamese Rhino, Northern White Rhino. And God decides breeding - hahhahha .. nope. Man does. It's called artificial insemination, and even humans are doing it.

      Garth - 2012-01-05 07:49

      Well aren't you a contradiction in terms TAL. In one foul swoop of your fingers over the keyboard you state ` . . . mankind has been very successful at farming them.' and then you qualify the depth of your ignorance with `Only God can control the rate at . . .'. And there are no such thing as `rocket scientists', truth be told, it is correct to name them `rocket mechanics'. Piet has some of the few, not the only, posts of intelligence and reason backed by knowledge of the industry and the species. I am a conservationist and I love Rhinos - but, unfortunately, there is no place in our human world for animals that do not pay their own way and this old boy is gaining some dignity in death, by being sold for way above his standing value. The bleeding heart sentiment on this forum is worthless and displays ignorance to the highest degree - which is something that will be the death of all that we hold dear. Professional hunting is not poaching. Ethical hunting is sustainable. Ethical hunting is intrinsic to conservation.

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  • Johnnie - 2012-01-04 22:17

    That the community will benefit is the biggest lot of nonsense out. Please tell the community who the real beneficiaries will be. What will happen when all the animals are killed? Once this animal is killed the tenders will keep coming all the time.

  • Claire Knoechl - 2012-01-05 04:51

    What a load of crap! The other day he said it was for fundraising for the organisation and now it's for the community? I think it's actually for someone's back pocket! If you have to hunt anything - does it have to be a rhino?

  • Bruce - 2012-01-05 05:12

    I would not spent money to go to this reserve if you paid me a million! The money is to be spent for conservation, what a joke, kill one thing to conserve another?!

  • Michelle Kirsten - 2012-01-05 10:06

    Am I the only one wondering what's next? Paedophiles offering to donate a children's hospital for the benefit of the community as long as they can get one or two kids for themselves? And what else will "the community" allow as long as they get a sweet deal?

  • Nick - 2012-01-05 11:53

    I still believe this is a ploy from the people at Ezemvelo-they are just trying to hide what they think is a huge profit that they can make.The hunter paysApprox.1,000,000 rand shoots the animal sells the horn gets over $1,000,000 for the horn, split the profits, give some crumbs to the communityi.e. R1,000,000 and then go buy themselves the Bmw's mercs etc.We are the muggins who think these people are being scientific and taking care of the communities! WAKE -UP FOLKS!!!

  • Nick - 2012-01-05 11:59

    Rhinos should be completely protected by the state! It is an endangered species, will become extinct soon, and these people think they should shoot the animal? In the past the conservationists worked extremely hard to get the numbers up and save them from extinction! and here we are killing the animal as someone things he is a scientist??-PURE GREED nothing short of that! You should all hang your heads in shame! you are doing a disservice to mankind and should leave the running of parks to the real conservationists!

  • mikepops - 2012-01-08 10:09

    Why is it that thousands of people all over the world are trying to save the animals from being on the endangered list, and one company is trying to kill that same animal for money, don't give me that crap about using the money for the community, there are plenty other ways of making money for them, what are they going to say when the rhino are all gone and the money is all spent, "sorry for the rhino, but we had one helluva party", let me tell you this , there are many more of the "save the animals" than "don't care about the animals" so I predict your organization is going to suffer more than you can imagine, I for one want nothing to do with Ezemvelo, and I know that there are thousands that will agree with me, SAVE the animals don't kill them, HIGHLY DISGUSTED

  • Jean-Louis - 2012-01-12 12:50

    And they have the guts to say something like that - just after they found 8 dead rhinos in the KP - 8 in 12 days already !!!!

  • Jean-Louis - 2012-01-12 12:54

    David - 960K for a politician's carcass - a lot of money for nothing - hunt them for free - I bet you a lot off yankees would love have a frot polititian head on a plank above their cheminee !!!!

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