I must confess I have become more and more confused with everything I read!
First of all, we are a public entity and accountable to the South African public. Based on that fact we have always been upfront in taking the public into our confidence on matters pertaining to South African National Parks.
Somebody had to respond to the allegations in the Sunday times. This is reactive and not proactively upfront with the public. What about the statement that things are not for public consumption.
It is safe to say that the previous census of 2010 which was peer reviewed, showed that there is an estimated rhino population of between 8,500 and 12,000 in the Kruger National Park not the 7 000 and 7500 which has been mentioned. The public must appreciate that we cannot hold a census every year because of the enormity of this project.
This confirms there has been no census since 2010. It says an estimated 8500 - 12000 in 2010. So it is possible that right now it is 7000 - 7500? We will wait for the latest figures.
South African National Parks has on its books a number of service providers, whose relationship is governed by legal agreements. Pathfinder is but one of those service providers. Their contract was legally terminated after SANParks reviewed the service they were providing. Affordability is one of the key considerations in continuing with services of this kind, followed by value for money. All those factors were considered when terminating their relationship with SANParks, remembering that the organisations’ mandate is that of conservation, we continue to believe that issues of law enforcement should be left to relevant authorities, however we believe we also have some role to play in this.
Should all these factors not be considered when signing a contract with said service providers?
Our studies indicate that measures that have been put in place in the fight against rhino poaching are beginning to show results.
More rhinos than ever before are being killed in Kruger. It just gets worse with each update from the DEA.
As mentioned above, SANParks is guided by proven scientific research when taking decisions on rhino and other management matters.
Provide the data to show that rhino horn has medical uses, that it can cure cancer. Why do you then want to sell it.