SABC News - SA, Mozambique to sign MoU on rhino poaching:Friday 11 April 2014

SA, Mozambique to sign MoU on rhino poaching

Friday 11 April 2014 20:05

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277 rhino have been killed in South Africa since the beginning of the year.

277 rhinos have been killed in South Africa since the beginning of the year.(SABC)

Environmental Affairs is to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with its Mozambican counterpart next week, to curb rhino poaching in Southern Africa.


About 277 rhinos have been killed in South Africa since the beginning of the year. This, while awareness initiatives continue unabated.
Most of the rhino poached this year were from the Kruger National Park.  


SANParks says the agreement with neighbouring Mozambique will allow South African rangers to pursue poachers even if they cross the border.  "Our Minister of Environmental Affairs and her Mozambican counterpart will actually be signing a MoU which will ensure that measures which we are putting on this side of the fence in South Africa are also put in Mozambique," says SANParks Rey Thakhuli. 
 

Meanwhile, outraged SA Citizens Against Poaching (OSCAP) says it will act against any proposals to legalise rhino horn trade.
Speaking at the end of a Rhino Trade Conference in Pretoria on Thursday, OSCAP director Allison Thomson affirmed their stand against rhino poaching.


Thomson says they are working hard, both domestically and internationally, to put a stop to any proposals to legalise rhino horn trade. Thomson said the conference ended on a positive note with participants resolving to ensure that all South Africans were made aware of the risks associated with legalising rhino horn trade.  

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