Hunting brings much to SA economy

2012-10-30 07:45

Johannesburg - The hunting industry has contributed millions to the country's economy in past years, Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa said on Monday.

In the 2010, hunting season, for which comprehensive information was available, total revenue of approximately R1.1bn was generated by the local and trophy hunting industries collectively.

"This amount only reflects the revenue generated through accommodation and species fees. The true revenue is therefore substantially higher, as this amount does not even include revenue generated through the associated industries as a result of the multiplier effect," she said.

Molewa was speaking at the launch of the first Hunting Indaba in Sun City.

The event, which would run until Tuesday, was aimed at bettering communication between government and hunters.

"Although government and industry will sometimes not agree on other matters, I am of the firm belief that the hunting industry and the game farming industry are important partners, who play a key role in terms of conservation, tourism, and economic development," said Molewa.

She said statistics had shown that controlled hunting had helped to conserve endangered species such as the white rhino.

"Statistics compiled in 2010 indicate that there are approximately 18 800 white rhino in South Africa and the number of white rhino has increased over tenfold since hunting and live-sales started," she reported.

She stressed that poaching still hampered efforts to protect the rhino. Over 280 rhino had been poached this year alone.

Molewa pledged that her department would have a good working relationship and would co-operate with the hunting sector.

"I am committed to strengthening and improving the relationship between my department and this sector," she said.

  • Piet - 2012-10-30 08:07

    Yes. If it pays it stays and also Multiplies!!!

      ed.gutsche - 2012-10-31 10:10

  • Blixum - 2012-10-30 08:16

    Jippie! At last somebody is getting the message about hunting. Wonder how much it has contributed to the Dept of Tourism's nice looking visitors figures. Our game has become a commercial asset and this can help to save the rhino, believe it or not.

      phil.losopher.3 - 2012-10-30 17:33

      Ahh I see. So feeding the need to kill, of the world's psychopaths, is a good way to protect our animals and rhinos. While we're at it, why don't we pimp our toddlers in orphanages to to the worlds perverts? Think what it will do for tourism. We can also use that money o build more orphanages and get more kids off the street.

      denny.cray - 2012-10-30 19:34

      You are equating hunting to pimping toddlers and hunters to psychopaths? How do butchers and cattle farmers fit into your world view?

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-10-30 08:23

    \Statistics compiled in 2010 indicate that there are approximately 18 800 white rhino in South Africa and the number of white rhino has increased over tenfold since hunting and live-sales started,\ she reported.\r\n\r\nShe stressed that poaching still hampered efforts to protect the rhino. Over 280 rhino had been poached this year alone....Excuse me you don't even care about the poaching of the rhino and where do you get your figure of 280???? Its more like 486 please don't talk about our rhino like you really care!!!!! \r\n\r\n\r\nM

      rosemary.lange.5 - 2012-10-30 20:02

      Correct the number of rhino poached PLEASE!!!! Try 455 - & growing daily!!! Almost double your figures! Wake-up people - nails and hair does NOT cure cancer and killing unarmed animals does NOT make you a man!!!

  • khethu.ndlovu.3 - 2012-10-30 08:23

    I am a south african and i want to hunt for only 1 impala, the thing is i dont have enough money to do it the legal way, so i have to sit back and watch these rich guys from overseas hunting a whole week, killing lions, buffalo, leopards etc, it is nt fair.

      jim.dickson2 - 2012-10-30 08:38

      Unfortunately it is true that hunting can be an expensive luxury. I hunt for the table but see it as part of my annual holiday. Couple of days less at a seaside resort = a nice springbok, impala, blue wildebeest on the table.

      sean.murphy.165 - 2012-10-30 15:23

      Life is not fair. Get used to it. I would like to drive a Ferrari but can't afford one so I have to watch guys drive them. Booohooo. Life ows you nothing. You can have what you can afford.

  • zahne.schutte - 2012-10-30 08:26

    Over 455 rhinos have been poached this year...a far cry from the 280 mentioned in the article! Get your facts right!!

  • abner.malema - 2012-10-30 08:26

    Bulk of it comes from rhino hunting. The Asian people brings a lot of money to poach rhinos

      assis.pontes.7 - 2012-10-30 13:32

      Where do you are facts from ?

      beverly.young3 - 2012-10-31 06:53

      You are insane @ abner

  • SarelJBotha - 2012-10-30 08:26

    She says one thing at public gatherings but nothing changes in practice,where they have one aim and that is to push white farmers of their farms.

  • craig.sweet.750 - 2012-10-30 08:27

    It is excellent hearing this endorsement from Government. Hunting has had such a bad rap for a long time, yet its contribution is positive in so many facets of our economy AND society. The anti's (who will no doubt be getting vocal here, very soon), are in my opinion, largely a group of emotionally driven people. They are happy to criticise with from a position of ignorance - just like most still eat meat and wear leather, but will happily ignore the trauma animals suffer at an abattoir.

  • jim.dickson2 - 2012-10-30 08:36

    Dear Minister, Civilian firearm ownership is a must for the local hunting industry to be maintained. Just a thought......

      beverly.young3 - 2012-10-31 06:54

      LOL! she forgot that part

  • veldt66 - 2012-10-30 08:42

    It also contributed to large scale poaching"

      mofstok - 2012-10-30 10:09

      Without the game farmers and hunters there would be no privately owned rhinos to poach you troll.

  • kswanepoel - 2012-10-30 08:57

    Agree, so perhaps it's time that a monthly levy is collected from all Game Farm Owners which can contribute towards Anti Rhino Poaching! Must be honest, it's a pity that this Industry is also now one where a quick buck wants to be made and that local Hunters have to pay exorbitant prices for local game! Not all of us have the Surnames Troskie or Rhamaposa! In my opinion, there should be 2 Price lists - 1 for Overseas Hunters

      beverly.young3 - 2012-10-31 07:58

      @kswanepoel you are as insane at the minister

  • wendy.burrows.71 - 2012-10-30 09:16

    Its contributed untold misery and death for many innocent animals to appease mans sick blood lust. However I would pay to see Gladiator type stuff with the playing fields levelled to watch criminals kill each other in mortal combat instead of wasting my tax money sitting on their jacks in jail at my expense.

      JohnnoBfree - 2012-10-30 11:00

      You vegetarians really pee me off. Your ignorance about the benefits of hunting astounds me. Next time while munching on your Waldorf Salad spare a moment to think of the millions of hectares worldwide cleared to grow the food you are eating. Land that was once home to many species of wildlife now departed. Thank the Lord for hunting or else which farmer in his right mind would spent millions of Rands stocking his farm with game if there was no profit involve. Enjoy you next salad, lovie!

      kenpeg.dawson - 2012-10-30 11:13

      Wendy, Plant carrots and try convince tourists to come here and eat them. I will keep my game farm thank you.

      assis.pontes.7 - 2012-10-30 13:38

      Hunting as also contributed to rebirth and happiness for many more animals as well...There s now more wildlife in South Africa than 40 years ago thanks to the commercialization of hunting. Welcome to life... where you get the good and bad all roll into one.

      vic.pitro - 2012-10-30 13:42

      @johnobfree. You obviously have absolutely zero understanding on the amount of land required for animal feed. The turndown ratio for cattle and similar size animals is around 16:1. So you can feed a lot more people on a vegetable based diet as opposed to a animal protein diet. The fact that there are very few animals left anywhere in the world can be attributed to idiots like you who go and kill them for the fun of it.

  • ricki.allardice - 2012-10-30 10:53

    I see few problems with hunting if it is well regulated. Ethical issues do arise every now and then when it comes to canned hunts etc, but there can be no doubt that hunting does contribute to conservation on a certain level. Also it allows farmers to farm game instead of crops which keeps the environment intact, this leads to a huge amount of other "less glamourous" species being conserved.

      beverly.young3 - 2012-10-31 07:30

      @ricki, yes and no....the 'game farming' arose to en extent as it was a method of lucrative farming requiring LESS staff. Think back....1999--to-date. THOUSANDS of families were kicked off farms, when the government decided that ALL staff were to be given acres of land on the farms. In a wink, thousands of people were displaced and converged into the small 'locations' and townships. People who had traditions going back generations. Some of the now staffless entities, turned the 'farming' into larney lodges, and others, the sensible ones, into breeding farms to sell the livestock to these lodges. What happened as a side-line, was that 'skelem' 'game-capture' okes blossomed. i.e. you can buy a giraffe for say R12000.00 ne? its costs another R12000.00 for the delivery etc. You pay this money up front, and if you are lucky, you are given a healthy beast. If you are really lucky, it hasnt been stolen. Look, we are all so 'blaming the past' but in essence, the 'settlers' were the worst hunters of them all. It only took 10 years for them to wipe out the game in the OFS, and most of the Eastern Cape...circa 1810-1836. err I have no idea why I am I get carried away..."go back to sleep beverly"

  • mart.botha - 2012-10-30 13:54

    Yes, there is no arguing that the hunting industry brings plenty money into circulation in South Africa, but so does the drug trade, human trafficking and things like prostitution. I like many of my fellow detractors or anti- hunting lobbiests believe that you must eat what you shoot, and hunting for the pot, providing the hunt is equitable, and by equitable I mean that the beast is wild and free and is stalked and shot, using 'enough gun' and on foot no nearer than 200 meters from a motor vehicle, is quite acceptable. I have heard an American wife brag that her husband shot a lion,he was leaning on the bakkie as he lined up his shot, and the meat didn't go to waste because it was given to the villagers to eat !!! The illegal trade in wildlife is one of the most prolific vehicles for laundering money and financing terrorism, so it is not to be believed that the local hunting fraternity has not been influenced by making quick money at the expense of their morals. I also find it rich that these 'trophy hunters' claim to have saved a species from extinction, when in fact almost their sole purpose was/is to ensure that they have 'sufficient stock in trade' to make more money out of, that's all. These hunts of which the hunters speak are so heavily weighted against the prey, that how any of these men and women can pretend they have '√°chieved something √ć do not know. If it's all about the money then why don't we encourage more to come and launder their ill gotten gains here!

      beverly.young3 - 2012-10-31 07:15

      I HATE HUNTING! All the claptrap aside. Botswana have banned hunting as of tomorrow...(dates to be verified) YAY!!!BTW my family own a game farm. We cull, old, maimed, or suffering animals. The staff are 'owners' of these beasts totally. There is not enough space here to debate the pros and cons of hunting. Back to Bots, only old elephants, are going to be culled, and small antelope allowed for the the 'Bushmen tribe' of the Kalahari. I was there recently, and you can google it.... Before I get shot, lets understand, that this 'sport' is out of hand. Again I say lack of understanding, by government (bah)...who are fed figures by consultants....YES the spin-offs...tourism etc....HOWEVER, if you do the research, you will see that this aspect of tourism is NOT the top earner. (I get carried away here, after 12 years in tourism)...people come here for the BIG 5! ne? 1. Victoria Falls, 2. Soweto. 3. Johannesburg. 4. Cape Town. 4. KZN... (the falls as they cannot understand the borders) They shop, cluck, look at 'township tourism', shop, go on game drives, cluck,go birding, cluck, shop, buy jewellery, (diamonds) cluck, and so on. just my 5 cents worth....

  • mshiniboys - 2012-10-30 15:03

    Because they create contacts to come back and pouch rhinos at a later stage.

  • mshiniboys - 2012-10-30 15:04

    Because they create contacts to come back and poach rhinos at a later stage.

  • leslene.dunn - 2012-10-30 16:13

    Yes, I would love to go hunting....... humans!!!!

      beverly.young3 - 2012-10-31 07:16

      Lol or give the beasts a gun and make it fair?

  • David Matthey - 2013-03-05 16:10

    Such ignorance is so depressing... Sure maybe it does turn over some money. But do you really think we as the people of this country see a cent? haha no no the populations and competition organizers get the money. I can garentee you no houses were built for the poor with the revenue of this hunting. No hungry have been fed. Not to mention this is a sport for fat lazy people who have no other talents besides shooting a defenseless animal from 200+ meters away. Its a joke that some people encourage this...

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