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PRIVATE GAME | WILDLIFE RANCHING With its magnificent and diverse wildlife heritage, Southern Africa plays a vital role in conserving the world’s biological diversity. The region boasts an extensive network of public parks, including international icons such as the Kruger, Hluhluwe-iMfolozi, Kgalagadi, Etosha, Chobe and Hwange, several of which also form part of larger transfrontier conservation areas. The region is known for its excellent track record of conserving threatened species such as elephant, rhino, Cape mountain zebra, bontebok, black wildebeest, cheetah and lion. An important aspect is the unique and vital role the private sector and market-based approaches play in supporting both wildlife conservation and socio-economic development in the region. Southern Africa’s wildlife industry has become a contemporary world leader in conservation innovation, providing considerable ecological, biodiversity and economic benefits to the region.” Wildlife ranchers love nature and are conservationists at heart – that is why they choose this lifestyle. Conceptualised by the executive editorial team of the popular publication Wildlife Ranching magazine, PRIVATE GAME will build on the successes achieved by Wildlife Ranching, whilst providing an engaging voice for the private wildlife sector.

South Africa
MLP Media Pty Ltd
R 39,90
R 279,99
4 Issues

in this issue

6 min
game ranchers’ forum

Game ranchers love nature and are conservationists at heart – that is why they choose the lifestyle. What the 3 500 odd game ranchers in South Africa have over the past few decades achieved is to take 20 million ha of marginal, often degraded agricultural land and improved the broader biodiversity in this huge area (20% of South African agricultural land) through introducing and increasing the numbers of indigenous game species with the consequential improved sustainability of the land, diversity and health of all plants and animals found there. All game ranchers, game ranches and game animals on this agricultural land were supposedly administratively controlled by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), now known as the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF). This comes at a huge cost, not only…

7 min
game ranchers’ forum

Wildboere hou van die natuur en is natuurbewaarders in hul harte – daarom kies hulle dié leefstyl. Wat die ongeveer 3 500 wildboere in Suid-Afrika die afgelope paar dekades bereik het, is om 20 miljoen ha marginale, dikwels verswakte landbougrond te neem en die breër biodiversiteit in hierdie enorme gebied (20% van Suid-Afrikaanse landbougrond) te verbeter deur die bekendstelling en die verhoging van die aantal inheemse wildspesies met die gevolglike verbeterde volhoubaarheid van die land, diversiteit en gesondheid van alle plante en diere wat daar aangetref word. Alle wildboere, wildplase en wild op hierdie landbougrond was veronderstel om administratief deur die Departement van Omgewingsake (DEA), nou bekend as die Departement van Omgewingsake, Bosbou en Visserye (DEFF), beheer te word. Dit kom teen ’n groot koste, nie net finansieel nie, maar ook…

2 min
publishing editor’s note

One of the most effective tools for strategic planning is to use the PESTLE analysis ( P olitical, E conomic, S ocial, T echnological, L egal, E nvironmental) as a guideline to examine opportunities and threats. Thus far, the 2019 issues of the magazine featured content on political, economic, social and technological factors. South Africa has some important legislation that is currently under revision at the highest level, and all private game sector stakeholders need to understand that government can change the business environment with the stroke of a pen. Laws shape politics, economics and society in many ways… Let’s consider some laws that we have the opportunity to shape. In our lead article, ‘THE BIGGER PICTURE’, Michael ‘t Sas-Rolfes explains the countries that have demonstrated the greatest success in maintaining or…

3 min
wildlife wisdom wildbedryf wysheid

REMOVE OUTDATED LEGISLATION Wildlife ranching and harvesting are totally over-legislated in South Africa. Although game farmers have ownership of game in most instances, the administration burden to comply with in trading with your own possessions (wild animals) is hampering the wildlife industry’s trade and therefore jeopardising the full development of the Green Economy Principle to enable the industry to create more jobs and to become more sustainable. To move animals legally from one province to another is normally a nightmare and could easily take longer than 30 days. Imagine one needs a permit to buy groceries and to obtain such permit takes 30 days or longer. If you change your mind while shopping or you realise you also need to add, say, milk to your shopping list, you have to re-apply for…

1 min
on the cover

Saving the life of any species on planet Earth is one of the greatest achievements a human being can accomplish. It’s also a challenge that enterprising conservation organisations such as the Thaba Tholo Game Ranch in South Africa, which has the largest population of East African black rhino (Diceros bicornis michaeli) outside of its historic home range, love to take on. However, for the Limpopo-based Thaba Tholo, keeping the East African black rhino population with the view of translocating some of them back to East Africa where they were being poached to extinction, was a delicate and daunting task. Thaba Tholo’s four successful translocations of these rare rhino species back to Tanzania and Rwanda, where they faced extinction, were rare and historic achievements. There is a dedicated team, the ‘rhino keepers’, that ensures…

7 min
the bigger picture

“The countries that have demonstrated the greatest success in maintaining or even growing wildlife populations and habitat are those that have implemented legal reforms to devolve property rights and management decision-making authority from central government to autonomous agencies and local levels.” Sensible laws and regulations are vital for the effective functioning of a nation’s economy and its various sectors. Legal frameworks that enjoy widespread legitimacy and support can shape society in constructive ways, guiding them towards the achievement of broader social objectives such as those outlined in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. In their popular and important 2012 book Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty, economists Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson demonstrated how the fates of countries with essentially similar geographies and people can vary dramatically under…