International commercial trade of rhino horn and derivatives remains prohibited in terms of the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the South Africa's CITES regulations (2010)...
14 Sep 2020
Environmental Affairs minister Nomvula Mokonyane will soon appoint a high-level panel to review policies, legislation and practices on matters of lion, elephants, leopard and rhinoceros...
6 Dec 2018
The Chinese government will be reopening the nation's domestic rhino horn trade, overturning a ban that has stood since 1993...
Hubert Cheung, Duan Biggs, and Yifu Wang 22 Nov 2018
Draft regulatory measures relating to a proposed domestic trade in rhino horn have been finalised, environmental affairs minister Edna Molewa announced on Thursday, 25 January...
26 Jan 2018
Between 2008 and 2016, poachers killed more than 7100 rhinos in Africa...
Harriet Davies-Mostert 18 Dec 2017
South Africa is in the process of finalising a set of regulations that will introduce further restrictions and requirements to regulate the domestic trade in rhino horn...
11 Oct 2017
Forty students from China's Tongji University in Shanghai have spent the last few months contributing to the fight against rhino poaching in Africa...
22 Sep 2017
South Africa is in the process of conducting an audit of all existing stockpiles of rhino horn...
23 Aug 2017
Comments on the proposed South African law to legalise domestic rhino horn trade closed this week, with both sides arguing about the effectiveness of the idea...
Jacob Maslow 30 Mar 2017
South Africa's all-female "Black Mambas" anti-poaching team had never lost a rhino since they were formed in 2013, but the killing of two animals earlier this month shattered their proud record...
30 Sep 2016
WWF has called on CITES to "show its teeth" as the rhino poaching crisis shows no signs of abating...
14 Sep 2016
Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa has filed an application for leave to appeal to the Constitutional Court in the matter involving the moratorium on the domestic trade in rhino horn...
9 Jun 2016
While South Africa, on Thursday, 21 January, announced its first decrease in rhino poaching since 2007, this slight improvement was offset by an alarming increase in the number of rhinos killed in neighbouring countries, says WWF-SA...
22 Jan 2016
The Johannesburg High Court has dismissed the Department of Environmental Affairs' application for leave to appeal against the lifting of the ban on national trade of rhino horn in South Africa.
21 Jan 2016
Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa says she intends to appeal the judgment handed down in the Pretoria High Court, setting aside the moratorium on the domestic trade of rhino horn...
30 Nov 2015
On 31 March 2015, the Minister of Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa, published the Biodiversity Management Plan for the white rhinoceros in the Government Gazette for public comment...
8 Apr 2015
On 26 and 27 March the Rhino Horn Trade Proposal Committee of Inquiry heard public submissions from stakeholders and concerned organisations on the re-opening of international trade in rhino horn...
1 Apr 2015
No decision has yet been taken over the legal trade in rhino horn by South Africa, says Minister of Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa...
20 Nov 2014
The Endangered Wildlife Trust's Rhino Project has won the Rhino Rescue Award Category of the Mail and Guardian's Greening the Future Awards.
27 Jun 2014
Delegates who attended the Outraged SA Citizens Against Poaching (OSCAP) conference on rhino horn trade, agreed to work together to ensure that all South Africans were made aware of the risks associated with legalising rhino horn trade.
14 Apr 2014
The South African government could choose to be a global player or a lonely outlier by alienating itself from unprecedented international efforts to crack down on illicit trade and poaching of wildlife such as rhinoceroses, says IFAW director, Jason Bell.
9 Apr 2014
A list of high-profile speakers from across the world will attend a rhino conference to debate the risks of rhino horn trade.
1 Apr 2014
The Outraged SA Citizens Against Poaching (OSCAP), organisers of a key conference about rhino conservation and the merits or otherwise of introducing a legal trade in rhino horn, claim that advocates of trade are threatening to boycott the conference because their point of view will not be represented. The conference is scheduled for 8-9 April 2014.
18 Mar 2014
While the issue of legalising trade and exporting rhino horn is frequently debated in the conservation corridors of Washington, Nairobi and Brussels, Outraged South African Citizens Against Poaching (OSCAP) has decided to bring the debate to SA's doorstep.
28 Feb 2014
PRETORIA: South Africa is pushing hard for the legalisation of trade in rhino horn. And understandably so. With more than 20 tonnes of stockpiled horn, the country stands to make a fortune if the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) ban is lifted.
Sharon van Wyk 7 Jan 2014
After a lengthy process of evaluation and adjudication of bids submitted on 5 July 2013, in response to SANParks request for proposals (issued in April 2013), SANParks has announced that the successful bidder is the Skukuza Airport Management Company, owned jointly by Lion Sands, Federal Air and Airlink.
4 Sep 2013
In response to Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa's support of a proposal that would legalise trade in rhino horns, WESSA has propoosed the precautionary principle be practised in situations of scientific uncertainty where actions could cause harm to the environment.
10 Jul 2013
As part of their global campaign against illegal wildlife trade, particularly rhino horn trade in Vietnam, the WWF and TRAFFIC have developed a series of advertisements to discourage Vietnamese citizens from buying or consuming rhino horn.
21 May 2013
Toxic infusions are the latest weapon to counter the thriving industry of rhino poaching in the big game areas adjoining South Africa's Kruger Park. Consumers of the powdered horn in Asia risk becoming seriously ill from ingesting a so-called "medicinal product", which is now contaminated with a non-lethal chemical package.
Andrew Parker 4 Apr 2013
Demonstrating its continued commitment to the WWF's rhino conservation work for the year, Bidvest company, Konica Minolta South Africa has handed over a cheque for R285,600, bringing the total donated for the first half of this financial year to more than R560,000.
21 Feb 2013
The latest rhino poaching statistics released by the Department of Environmental Affairs is a cause of serious concern. Since the beginning of the year, South Africa has lost 455 rhinos due to illegal killings. WWF-South Africa says this means more rhinos have been killed in 2012, compared to the total number killed in 2011.
22 Oct 2012
The South African National Parks (SANParks) Anti-Rhino Poaching campaign has received more support, with Incredible Connection donating six laptops and antivirus software, which will be used in the managing, monitoring and protection of animals within the parks.
10 Sep 2012
Nu Metro Cinemas and Nu Metro Films have announced a unique and innovative release for the local film SNARE - a gripping adventure thriller set against the backdrop of the rhino poaching crisis - to coincide with World Rhino Day on 22 September 2012.
5 Sep 2012
Independent Newspapers reports that experts say surging demand for Rhino horns is threatening to wipe out the world's estimated 28,000 remaining animals, mainly in South Africa.
11 Apr 2012
The Veterinary Genetics Laboratory (VGL) of the University of Pretoria at Onderstepoort, received a R100 000 boost from the SA Hunters and Game Conservation Association (SAHGCA) to help fund the upkeep of its Rhino DNA Index System (RhODIS).
7 Mar 2012
An intense debate is under way about whether the ban on rhino horn trade should be lifted as a way of tackling poaching, The Daily News says. A number of organisations and individuals say the ban, imposed by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) in 1976, is not working and is at least partly, if not mostly, responsible for the rocketing poaching figures.
1 Feb 2012
South Africa is considering legalising rhino horn trade - in a bid to combat rampant rhino poaching, but the suggestion has been met with mixed reaction in Southern Africa, the BBC reports. Demand for rhino horn is at an all time high and South Africa, which has the largest reserves of the wild animal, is a prime hunting ground for poachers.
31 Oct 2011
The Department of Water and Environmental Affairs (Dwea) has commissioned a feasibility study to look into legalising the rhino horn trade, said department spokesperson Albi Modise. "The department, as part of the outcomes of the Rhino Summit held in October last year, has commissioned a feasibility study on the viability of legalising trade in rhino horn in South Africa."
4 Oct 2011