13 March 2017 - In Praise Of 'Enviropreneurs' - If enviropreneurs are thwarted at every turn by environmental Luddites, we have reason to be pessimistic about our environmental future. Instead of celebrating the fruits of human ingenuity, we will have to watch wildlife and its habitat suffer. In this political season, let us hope that some leaders are willing to unshackle
10 March 2017 - Giant Panda Is No Longer Endangered Species - In an update to their Red List of Threatened Species on Sunday (Sept. 4), which assesses a species' conservation status, the IUCN reported the giant panda population has improved enough for the endangered species label to be downgraded to "vulnerable."
03 March 2017 - Record Price Paid For Springbok Ram - His left horn measured 17 5/8" and the right horn 18 1/4" when measured during December 2016 at an age of 3 years and 6 months. Hercules is the result of cross-breeding between Damara genetics and Kalahari animals
03 March 2017 - Eastern Cape Roads Must Be Maintained - Agri Eastern Cape is proud to announce that, after a two year process, finality has been achieved on the issue concerning the repair and maintenance of the gravel roads of the Eastern Cape. The High Court in Grahamstown has given an order to the Provincial Roads Department that:
22 February 2017 - Goue Wildebees-Splits Slaggate Van Aankoop - "Split" is 'n algemene term wat in 2009 in die handel van die Suid Afrikaanse wildbedryf onstaan het en sedertien vrylik in die wildmark gebruik word. In die bedryfstaal verwys die term "split" na 'n dier wat die aangeteelde kruising van 'n ouer (A) wat die voorkoms van 'n spesifieke kleurvariant het en 'n ouer (B) wat die tiperende gewone kleur van die betrokke dierspesie verteenwoordig.
20 February 2017 - Trends In Colour And Geographic Variations - Mention the words ‘colour variation’ in the context of game and one is likely to elicit a wide range of opinions on the subject. From laymen to expert, everyone will have an opinion and in most cases will gladly entertain a lengthy discussion about it. Rarely will the topic be avoided. Mix this term with a few others like ‘conservation’ or ‘biodiversity’ and one is likely to quickly find people in opposing
20 Feb 2017 - Presentation on Fall Armyworm - Limpopo: reported by farmers as widespread Musina, Pontdrift, Levubu, Tshakuma, Punda Malia, Vivo, Marken, Dwaalboom, Thabazimbi, Lepalele, Makopane, Mashashane, Chuniespoort, Mokgopong, Letsitele, Bochum, Bela
Bela, Settlers and Rust De Winter)
20 Feb 2017 - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service' Wings Clipped? - In a dramatic about-turn in the United States of America, the House passed Resolution 69 the first hurdle in reversing a final regulation adopted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) that prohibits and restricts legal forms of hunting on National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska. On February 16, the House passed H.J. Res. 69 with a bipartisan vote of 225 to 193.
17 February 2017 - South African Economy's Influence On Game Ranching - It would be difficult to quantify the exact percentage of the drop in prices that can be attributed to the above-mentioned drought and negative economic and political circumstances, but one must accept that these circumstances did play a major role therein.
17 Feb 2017 - Nkwinti’s Populist Statements Highly Irresponsible - Minister Nkwinti who has been implicated in a corrupt land deal, has chosen to deflect the attention on him by making a highly irresponsible statement in Parliament yesterday. The taking of land without compensation has never been on the table from the side of government, as this is contrary to the protection afforded to property by the Constitution
14 Feb 2017 - CHASA On Wildlife Utilisation, Hunting And Conservation - CHASA recognises the right of the landowner who has chosen wild species over domesticated stock or crops as a farming activity to make a living off the land and therefore accepts that the landowner must strive to profit, as an essential element of sustainability, from the chosen ranching/farming activities
14 Feb 2017 - Agri Eastern Cape Reacts On New Minimum Wage - We’re part of NEDLAC and we will continually be negotiating with the government through the channels we have. You must remember that we are the only organised agricultural sector that has a direct line to the government and we will use that and we will certainly continuously be addressing that issue because it’s going the hurt the very people
14 February 2017 - Agri SA Media Release On Minimum Wages - “Agri SA places a high value on the labour force in the agricultural sector. This sector is still afflicted by drought in many parts of the country and various farmers have not yet recovered from the impact thereof. According to Hamman, the sector is also still recovering from the big increase in wage levels introduced in 2013.
13 February 2017 - AGRI SA Commentary On The SONA - "Amidst trying circumstances president Zuma carried himself well when delivering the SONA last night, says Johannes Moller, president of Agri SA. Proceedings prior to him delivering his address might have had entertainment value but most certainly does not portray a country where people seek to enhance the well-being of all citizens in an orderly and disciplined fashion".
13 Feb 2017 - Cyril Signed Minimum Wage Deal - Following a meeting of social partners in Cape Town yesterday, representatives of government, business, the community sector and two or three labour federations represented at Nedlac signed agreements on measures to strengthen labour stability and collective bargaining and on modalities of a national minimum wage.
13 Feb 2017 - Pelham Jones Reacts On Behalf Of PROA - Since the establishment of the Private Rhino Owners Association (PROA) a specialist chamber of WRSA in late 2009, we have objected to the trade Moratorium introduced earlier that year by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA). The objection was based on a breach of our Constitutional Rights to ‘Sustainable Utilization’
09 February 2017 - Chairman of WRSA on hopes for SONA 2017 - “There was no mention of wildlife ranching in SONA 2016, but we are nevertheless grateful to government for their continued endorsement of the concept of sustainable utilisation and their recognition of the critical role the private sector plays in the country’s conservation, food security and the socio- economic development of poor and rural communities.
09 February 2017 - Draft Regulations In Trade Of Rhino Horn Published - Edna Molewa, Minister of Environmental Affairs, published various draft regulations that may have a serious impact on and legalising the trade of rhinoceros horn. This regulation came as a surprise in light of the government's recent viewpoints regarding the trade in rhino horn.
03 Feb 2017 - The Colour Game Changer - The breeding of colour variations proofs to be a thorn in the flesh for some people and institutions. Many times, a new year begins with assumptions about the colour game, mostly by the same people with the same one-sided view on distorted facts
31 January 2017 - Newsletter January 2017 - I would like to use this opportunity to wish each RSA Eastern Cape member a blessed and prosperous New Year - this year promises to be a very interesting and exciting year. I believe that everyone has had some rain and will have a lot of follow-up rain.
30 January 2017 - Giraffe Under Threat - The iconic giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis), one of the world's most recognisable animals and the tallest land mammal, has moved from 'Least Concern' to 'Vulnerable' in the newly released International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. Recent genetic-based research by GCF, Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Change Research Centre and other partners, suggests that there are four distinct species of the giraffe
07 January 2017 - Game Farm Sizes Reconsidered - Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti has announced this week in parliament that he plans to reduce the maximum sized game farms to 5 000 hectares. During his budget speech in June 2015 he announced that the ceiling for a viable small commercial farm should be 1,000ha; for medium-scale commercial farms 2,500ha and for large-scale commercial farms 5,000ha.
22 January 2017 - Blue Wildebeest - This broad-shouldered antelope has a muscular, front-heavy appearance, with a distinctive robust snout. Young blue wildebeest are born tawny brown, and begin to take on their adult colouration at the age of two months. The adults' hues range from a deep slate or bluish gray to light gray or even grayish brown. The back and flanks are slightly lighter than the ventral surface and underparts.