Get more Mail & Guardian
Subscribe or Login

Buffett’s son donates millions to fight rhino poaching

A R255-million fund has been set up to fight poaching in the Kruger National Park, South African National Parks (SANParks) said on Friday.

The joint fund – between the American Howard G. Buffett Foundation, South African Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) and SANParks – would be used to fight rhino poaching in the park, SANParks said in a statement.

The money would also be used to test anti-poaching tactics that can be applied in other regions of Africa. "The effort in Kruger will create an Intensive Protection Zone (IPZ) using sophisticated detection and tracking equipment and infrastructure on the ground and in the air."

The Kruger National Park is home to more than 40% of the world's remaining 22 000 rhinos, the largest single population of rhinos in the world.

"Kruger's poaching problem is fuelled mainly by illicit criminal networks in Mozambique, South Africa, and East Asia, but evidence suggests that armed groups elsewhere in Africa derive significant funding from poaching activities."

'Transformative'
SANParks chief executive David Mabunda said, "The scale, complexity, and strategic value of this initiative is truly unprecedented for SANParks, and we believe will be transformative in our ongoing efforts to address poaching and the decimation of the rhino population in Kruger National Park."

A total of 172 rhino have been poached in South Africa since the beginning of the year, the environmental affairs department said on Friday.

"The Kruger National Park remains hardest hit by rhino poaching, having lost 113 rhino since January 1," spokesperson Albi Modise said in a statement.

Eighteen rhino were poached in Limpopo, 17 in the North West, and 11 in KwaZulu-Natal. A total of 54 people have been arrested in connection with rhino poaching, he said.

Twenty-four of the arrests took place in the Kruger National Park and 15 in KwaZulu-Natal.

Modise urged South Africans to report any incidents of poaching. – Sapa

Subscribe to the M&G

Thanks for enjoying the Mail & Guardian, we’re proud of our 36 year history, throughout which we have delivered to readers the most important, unbiased stories in South Africa. Good journalism costs, though, and right from our very first edition we’ve relied on reader subscriptions to protect our independence.

Digital subscribers get access to all of our award-winning journalism, including premium features, as well as exclusive events, newsletters, webinars and the cryptic crossword. Click here to find out how to join them and receive a 40% discount on our annual rate.

Sapa
Guest Author

Related stories

Advertising

Subscribers only

Seven years’ radio silence for taxpayer-funded Rhythm FM

Almost R50-million of taxpayers’ money has been invested but the station is yet to broadcast a single show

Q&A Sessions: Zanele Mbuyisa — For the love of people-centred...

She’s worked on one of the biggest class-action cases in South Africa and she’s taken on Uber: Zanele Mbuyisa speaks to Athandiwe Saba about advocating for the underrepresented, getting ‘old’ and transformation in the law fraternity

More top stories

Limpopo teachers put fingers in primary schoolchildren’s underwear, SAHRC hears

The Human Rights Commission in Limpopo is hosting hearings into bullying, corporal punishment and the sexual abuse of learners by teachers in the province

‘We must not allow scavengers to eat the energy sector’

Mineral resources and energy minister Gwede Mantashe said the transition to renewable energy cannot be an overnight accomplishment.

Finding an HIV vaccine: Five lessons from the search for...

The Covid-19 pandemic has shown that vaccine development and testing timelines can be shrunk from decades to months, but not without shortcomings

Pandemic leaves 1.4 billion learners worldwide behind on education

Human Rights Watch warns that learners may take years to recover from the damage caused by school closures
Advertising

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…
×