SA, Vietnam take rhino by the horn

2011-09-27 18:08

Johannesburg - The first draft of a pact between South Africa and Vietnam on stopping the trade in rhino horn will be discussed in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

Officials from both countries will seek to find agreement on a memorandum of understanding, the environmental affairs department said.

Also on the agenda was a discussion on illegal hunting and trafficking in wildlife.

The focus would be on fighting the slaughter of rhino in South Africa by smugglers who sold the horns as an aphrodisiac in the East.

"These discussions will work out the detail of the memorandum," department spokesperson Albi Modise said.

"Once the detail is worked out, we will pass the first draft on to the department of international relations and co-operation to be formalised."

Modise said several bilateral discussions between the two governments had laid the groundwork for the memorandum.

  • Ula Gillion - 2011-09-27 18:29

    It's a start of what I hope will be the eradication of rhino poaching altogether :)

  • sabc10 - 2011-09-27 18:34

    Now jail the Groenewalds,vets,south african traders,game rangers/hunters and game farm owners that have contributed to this money making scheme

      mabsie - 2011-09-27 22:47

      Yes - I hope they never see daylight again.

  • I Like Everything - 2011-09-27 18:43

    I like this. I like that we're cooperating with Vietnam on the issue

  • EarthBound - 2011-09-27 20:16

    and what about the most dangerous one ............. China?

  • Ian - 2011-09-27 22:12

    i dont know about this, sounds like talk to me and probally some kickbacks, politicions and doctors and lawyers, money loving scum of the earth

  • DrGonzoSA - 2011-11-04 10:48

    Good news. Need to break the syndicates, there will always be someone to pull the trigger

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