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Wildlife Ranching Magazine Issue 5 2018

In 2013, it was estimated that approximately 17 percent of land in South Africa make up the private wildlife industry. Value chains include: • Breeding, which includes high-value and plains game; • Hunting, which includes biltong and trophy hunting; • By-products, such as game-meat, leather products, horns and curios; • Ecotourism, such as photographic safaris, game viewing and trails. Wildlife Ranching magazine content is conceptualised and produced based on editorial pillars that represent the wildlife ranching industry value chains, with a focus on the issues that matter most. For more information, e-mail:

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transform trade

Whenever reference is made to trade with wildlife or wildlife products, people tend to immediately think of rhino horn or, unfortunately, illegal wildlife trade. It is also unfortunate that illegal wildlife trade in Africa is often confused with the legitimate wildlife industry. Our late Minister of Environmental Affairs, Dr Edna Molewa, said on World Wildlife Day 2018: “We will not allow our wildlife – ranging from plants such as cycads, fish, and reptiles to iconic species such as lion, rhino and elephant – to be plundered. South Africa, through our bold conservation practices, serves as an example worldwide of how species can be saved from extinction and how sustainable utilisation of our wildlife can be successfully implemented.” TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network (a non-governmental organisation working globally on trade in wild…

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transformeer handel

Wanneer daar ook al na handel met wild of wildsprodukte verwys word, kom renosterhorings en ongelukkig ook onwettige wildhandel dadelik by mense op. Dit is ook betreurenswaardig dat onwettige wildhandel in Afrika dikwels met die wettige wildbedryf verwar word. Op Wêreld-wildlewedag in 2018 het wyle dr. Edna Molewa, toe die minister van Omgewingsake, gesê: “Ons sal nie toelaat dat ons wildlewe – van plante soos broodbome, visse en reptiele tot ikoniese spesies soos leeus, renosters en olifante – gestroop word nie. Suid-Afrika, weens ons kragtige bewaringspraktyke, dien wêreldwyd as voorbeeld van hoe spesies van uitwissing gered en volhoubare benutting van ons wildlewe suksesvol toegepas kan word.” TRAFFIC, die wildhandelmoniteringsnetwerk (’n nie-regeringsorganisasie wat wêreldwyd met die handel in wilde diere en plante in die sin van biodiversiteitsbewaring en volhoubare ontwikkeling werk), verwys na…

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publishing editor’s note

Global trade, also known as international trade, is simply the import and export of goods and services across international boundaries. South Africa is the second largest producer of gold in the world and has earmarked tourism as a key sector with excellent potential for growth, inclusive of wildlife tourism and trade – the wildlife economy. The wildlife industry value chain is centred around wildlife ranching activities, including breeding, hunting, tourism and wildlife products. Trade offers both benefits and challenges. In our lead article, ‘Wildlife trade and trade-offs’, Michael ’t Sas-Rolfes states that the future of wildlife trade – and therefore wildlife ranching – will greatly depend on the extent to which an enabling market environment remains. South Africa’s wildlife consumption culture and the benefits of a market-oriented, sustainable-use approach to conservation is poorly…

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inspired to continue doing the right thing

I am not a politician – I never was and never will be – so it is important to place this message in context. The prices of rare game have declined significantly since 2017. There have been many speculations about the causes: colour variants; an over-supply of animals; the slow recovery of the global economy since the financial crisis; the local economy; the four-year-long drought; South African politics; expropriation without compensation (EWC); and many others. Comments like “the bubble has burst” and “those nasty game ranchers have got their just desserts” have been made. In reality, the slowdown is a clear sign of a lack of confidence. A lack of confidence in the world economy (Trump, China, North Korea, Brexit and so on); a lack of confidence in South African politics (factions…

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so, what can we contribute?

• As game ranchers, we can play a major role in the world’s fastest growing industry, namely tourism. This is especially achievable by working together, dropping fences and creating co-operative, sustainable-use biospheres in which local communities are integrated. The R20bn contribution of our industry to the country’s GDP can thus be increased to R30bn. • We can contribute to food security. South Africa currently imports R6bn worth of protein annually. Consider the huge impact that this income will have in the rural areas where the majority of the poor are to be found. Can we achieve this? Absolutely. If there are just 10 million animals (as some sceptics are saying) and the reproductive rate is just 40% (it is lower in national and provincial parks but higher on well-managed game ranches),…

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geïnspireer om aan te hou om die regte ding te doen

Ek is nie ’n politikus nie – ek was nog nooit en sal nooit wees nie – dit is dus belangrik om hierdie brief in konteks te sien. Die pryse van skaarswild het sedert 2017 aansienlik gedaal. Daar is wyd gespekuleer oor die oorsake: kleurvariante; ’n ooraanbod van diere; die stadige herstel van die wêreldwye ekonomie ná die finansiële krisis; die plaaslike ekonomie; die vier jaar lange droogte; Suid-Afrikaanse politiek; onteiening sonder vergoeding (OSV); en vele ander. Opmerkings soos “die borrel het gebars” en “daardie gretige wildboere het hul verdiende loon gekry” is gemaak. In werklikheid is die afname ’n duidelike teken van ’n gebrek aan vertroue. ’n Gebrek aan vertroue in die wêreldekonomie (Trump, China, Noord-Korea, Brexit, ensovoorts); ’n gebrek aan vertroue in Suid-Afrikaanse politiek (faksies in die regerende party, die…