Cites meeting is SA’s next step in setting up rhino horn trade


Minister Edna Molewa – South Africa

IF SOUTH Africa decides trade in rhino horn has a chance of saving the species from extinction, it could apply to the next full Convention on Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) meeting, in 2016, to be allowed to sell the horn, Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said this week. MY REPLY – in 2016 based on the facts, there will be no more Rhinos left – I say don’t waste your time having the meeting – unless you still want the free lunch.

South Africa will be able to use home advantage if it applies to Cites for this exemption, as the 2016 conference will be hosted in the country. MY REPLY – free holiday

Rhino horn sales have been banned for more than 30 years under Cites, but increasing demand from Asian countries has sparked an increase in poaching. Rhino horn sells for an estimated $60,000/kg. My Reply – great job done for 30 years worth of work – whatever.

“Depending on the amount of thinking we will have done by 2016, we could put trade on the agenda then, or we could do it at the one thereafter (in 2019). We can’t take short cuts,” Ms Molewa said. My Reply – Molewa – be quite – you don’t know what you talking about and stop thinking – don’t worry about the horns in the state coffers – worry about the Rhino crisis  NOW – seems like your meeting had nothing to do about the living Rhinos that are been slaughtered daily – that is the problem – not the dusty old stock piles of horns in storage.

Although the minister and her delegation did some groundwork on the issue at the Cites meeting in Bangkok in March, she says “a whole lot of work still needs to be done”. My Reply – did some work!! been going on for 30 years – you don’t need to do groundwork, it is all done – take action – looks like Molewa had a nice holiday and a fantastic shopping spree like the rest of the Ministers do – how much money was paid to your delegation – for” the some groundwork done”  

This includes determining which nations would be potential legal buyers, the size of private horn stockpiles in South Africa, the strength of security in South Africa and in buyer nations, and the way trade-control legislation works in buyer nations. My Reply – HAHAHA – what is going to happen with the cash from the sales of the horns – Maybe assist the justice department to get online and solve the IT problem – or – have huge celebration for the Minsters hard work concluding the sales of horns – a farewell to the loss of the Rhinos. – 2016 – maybe with the cash re- open the CPU “Child Protection Unit”

“We are looking for a solution to a big problem and, having listened for a whole year to (people who made submissions at a series of workshops on what to do to save the rhino), the bigger voice says, ‘If you continue to work as you work every day and you don’t even open up discussion on this issue (trade), you are going to be found wanting in 2026,’” Ms Molewa said, speaking to Business Day at Luthuli House, the African National Congress headquarters in Johannesburg. My Reply – Hello Minister – wakeup – you don’t need to look for a solution – it is simple – declare a national state of emergency and deploy the South African Defence Force and South African Air force to patrol the boarders for a start – the tax payer are paying for these soldier sitting at military base camps.

Scientists believe the rhino could be wiped out by 2026 if the poaching rate is not reduced or stopped altogether. My Reply – you see Minister you don’t need to think – Scientist with years of degrees are giving you advise. – Please don’t repeat history again – Ex – Minister of Health – Aids.

South Africa is home to more than 90% of the global rhino population, and scientists have warned that if poaching increases at the same rate as it did between 2009 and 2011, when the yearly tally jumped from 122 to 448, just more than a threefold increase, the species will be extinct by mid-century. It could go into decline by 2016. My Reply – with all you’re thinking Minister – this will become a fact by 2014 – I’m not to convinced about your thinking.

“What is proposed in the RIM report (the document that came out of the rhino issue management work process) is not that we sell rhino horn every day. It would be controlled,” Ms Molewa said. My Reply – Minister, Stop thinking and stop saying things that you have no clue about – get expert advice – you not running a SPAZA shop.

The report, which is yet to be made public, has been presented to the Cabinet. Ezemvelo KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife, various economists and some conservationists have proposed that South Africa use a central selling organisation, as with diamonds, to control horn sales. My Reply – great idea using independent organisation to control the sales of the horns -But – Please don’t hire or contract any family members or any other family members of Ministers or the ANC members – we all have seen how this all works.

However, it will be a tough task to get the 178 parties to Cites to endorse trade in rhino horn. – My Reply – I would too – based on the history of all transactions done in the past – arms deal – to many to mention.

It took the better part of 10 years for South Africa to negotiate a one-off sale of stockpiled elephant tusk at the turn of the century. Ivory trade was banned, despite protests from Southern Africa, in 1990. A two-thirds majority is needed for any pro-trade proposal to be passed. My Reply – why was there a stock pile in the first place – how did we create this stockpile? – does Canada have a stockpile of bear teeth. – It is called mismanagement – how did Robert Mugabe, the ANC side kick manage to sell his stock pile – Besides the ANC – he has no friends.

World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) South Africa rhino programme co-ordinator Jo Shaw says South Africa’s task at Cites, if it were to propose trade, would “definitely” be difficult, and that South Africa would also have to prove that its proposed buyer nations could properly manage such trade. My Reply – I agree with this statement by WWF

One of the more positive steps to come out of this year’s Cites meeting was an agreement to set deadlines for Vietnam and Mozambique to “clean up their act” in terms of their management of the illegal rhino horn trade. My Reply – Cities you behind the times – you also think too much – no more Rhinos left in Mozambique – The have cleaned up their act – the Rhinos are all dead.

Both countries are seen as conduits, and Vietnam has been fingered by wildlife trade tracking organisation Traffic as the world’s main destination for illegally obtained rhino horn. -My Reply – Wow – what a statement – we all know this for years – but thanks for reminding us.

Vietnam and Mozambique face sanctions that would prevent them from trading in any of the 35,000 species controlled by Cites if they do not take concrete steps to improve the ways in which they monitor and prosecute the illegal rhino horn trade, said WWF International spokeswoman Alona Rivord. They have to file progress reports by mid-2014. My Reply – 2012 – The Rhinos are all dead – no need to file progress reports.

Cites has shown it is not afraid to impose this punishment — this year’s conference slapped these trade sanctions on Guinea for not doing more to curb the illegal trade in great-ape species. My Reply too late to slap any sanctions – embarrassing to even make such a weak statement like this – CITES.

According to the United Nations Great Apes Survival Partnership report, launched at Cites, 22,218 great apes were taken from the wild between 2005 and 2011 to be traded illegally on international markets, primarily for the pet trade. My Reply – Nice – good work – this statement is irrelevant to Rhinos – United Nations blowing trumpets – too much unnecessary noise.

The WWF is soon to attend a UN Office on Drugs and Crime meeting where discussions on listing wildlife crime as a “serious crime” that carry a minimum four-year sentence will take place, Ms Rivord said. My Reply – minimum four years for serious crimes – you have to be joking – minimum 10 years – 4 years – good behaviour out in 2 years and we call this “serious crimes”

Ms Molewa said South Africa’s side events on rhino economics, among other issues, at this year’s Cites meeting went well, and she felt some delegates who came ready to oppose the idea of trade left with the understanding that rhino poaching was out of hand and that South Africa was seeking any solutions that might help save the species.  Minister thanks for the luxury hotel room – the Spar treatments was fantastic – Please don’t worry – I’m still thinking what to do.

“We left Cites encouraged that the world was not simply shutting us out, that people were saying, ’Let’s think together,’” she says. My Reply – “let us think together” – and if they carry on thinking – the Rhinos will be saved in 2025.

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