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Wildlife Ranching Magazine Issue 1 2019

Wildlife Ranching is the official publication of Wildlife Ranching SA (WRSA). The magazine strives to serve WRSA members and wildlife ranching industry professionals with intelligence across the industry value chain – via a synergy of its print and digital products – with the goal of supporting readers through quality and original content to profitably grow their businesses.The main aim of Wildlife Ranching magazine is to create an entertaining and engaging voice for WRSA.

South Africa
MLP Media Pty Ltd
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6 Issues


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25 years of democracy – how far have we come?

Tebogo Mogashoa Two events of a historical nature are likely to define the political landscape, set the tone and be the defining features of the year 2019. On 27 April this year South Africa will be marking exactly 25 years since the first democratic elections in 1994. There was an air of euphoria and the atmosphere was pregnant  with expectation as the leaders of the world descended upon South Africa to witness the inauguration of Nelson Mandela as the first black president of South Africa on 10 May 1994. The second event is that this year the people of South Africa of voting age will cast their vote to elect a party of their choice to lead the country into the future. It is hardly necessary…

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25 jaar van demokrasie – hoe ver het ons gekom?

Tebogo Mogashoa Twee geskiedkundige gebeurtenisse sal waarskynlik die politieke landskap definieer, die toon aangee en die bepalende kenmerke van die jaar 2019 wees. Op 27 April vanjaar sal dit presies 25 jaar wees sedert Suid-Afrika se eerste demokratiese verkiesing in 1994. Daar was ’n gees van euforie en ’n atmosfeer van verwagting terwyl die leiers van die wêreld in Suid-Afrika aangekom het om die inhuldiging van Nelson Mandela as die eerste swart president van Suid-Afrika op 10 Mei 1994 by te woon. Die tweede gebeurtenis is dat die stemgeregtigde mense van Suid-Afrika vanjaar sal stem om ’n party te kies wat die land die toekoms in sal lei. Dit is kwalik nodig om alle stemgeregtigde Suid-Afrikaners aan te moedig om deel te neem aan die…

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publishing editor’s note

When we considered the 2019 themes for Wildlife Ranching magazine, a focus on strategy was an obvious choice. One of the most effective tools for strategic planning is to use the PESTLE analysis as a guideline.PESTLE is an acronym for six macro influences affecting every and all businesses, regardless of the industry, products or services. It’s important to know about them and how they will impact the future of our sector and our businesses.The six influences, and the Wildlife Ranching themes for 2019, are:PoliticalEconomicSocialTechnologicalLegalEnvironmentalIn our first 2019 Wildlife Ranching issue, we contemplate current POLITICAL influences.In our lead article, ‘The Bigger Picture’, Michael ’t Sas-Rolfes introduces a shift in his focus to the more current and immediate ‘big picture’ issues facing those involved in private or commercial wildlife management, while…

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co-operative community spirit

Dr Peter Oberem 2018 has been a tough year for the business world and people in general. The world economy is still vacillating from the crises between Presidents Trump and Kim Jung Il, Brexit woes for the UK and Chinese growth down from its traditional highs. The South African economy has had enough challenges with a weak currency, State capture, non-performing SOEs, slow growth, exacerbated by populist political rhetoric and the threat of expropriation of property without compensation. Add to this the severe drought experienced in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Free State, North West Province and other areas. In the south western bushveld of Limpopo (Waterberg District) this rainy season (at least the first part of it) is the fourth year of below average rainfall…

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samehorige gemeenskapsgees

2018 was ’n moeilike jaar vir die sakewêreld en mense in die algemeen. Die wêreldekonomie wankel nog weens die krisisse tussen President Trump en Kim Jung Il, Brexit-kopsere vir die Verenigde Koninkryk en die Chinese groei wat gedaal het van sy tradisionele hoogtes. Die Suid-Afrikaanse ekonomie het genoeg uitdagings gehad met ’n swak geldeenheid, staatskaping, staatsbeheerdeondernemings wat nie funksioneer nie, en stadige groei, vererger deur populistiese politieke retoriek en die dreigement van grondonteiening sonder vergoeding. Voeg hierby die erge droogte in die Wes-Kaap, Oos-Kaap, Vrystaat, Noordwes en ander gebiede. In die suidwestelike bosveld van Limpopo (Waterbergdistrik) is hierdie reënseisoen (die eerste deel daarvan, in elk geval) die vierde agtereenvolgende jaar van onder-gemiddelde reënval en die derde seisoen wat ons damme heeltemal leeg was – vir die eerste keer…

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on the cover

Sable ( Hippotragus niger ) breeding bull, ‘Rapella Jr’, measuring 52 1/ 8" at five years four months. ‘Damascus’, measuring 52 6/ 8" at four years nine months. At Crown Game Breeders, our love and passion for sables are infectious! We believe that when you do something you love, you will get the results. Our Matetsi sables are living proof of this belief.We are privileged to have had the legendary ‘Rapella’ as our flagship breeding bull. He has given us his best years and we are sad to say that he passed away on 7 February 2019.He has had some phenomenal progeny over the years. To our knowledge, there are 20 bulls of 52"+ at the moment and approximately 25% of them are…