Conservation News and Articles

Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, Ms Barbara Creecy, tables the Department of Environmental Affairs Budget Policy statement 2019/20, National Assembly, Parliament

11 JULY 2019

Honourable Chairperson of the Session;
Honourable Deputy Minister Ms Makhotso Sotyu
Honourable Ministers and Deputy Ministers;
Honourable Fikile Xasa, Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee,
Honourable Members of the Portfolio Committee;
Honourable Members of Parliament;
Members of the Executive Councils from Provinces present;
Director General Ms Nosipho Ngcaba
Chairpersons and Chief Executives of Public Entities;
Representatives of Business, organised labour and civil society;
Distinguished guests;
Ladies and gentlemen;

VulPro, an NGO that works tirelessly to safeguard Africa’s vulture populations through rescue and rehabilitation, has experienced an alarming number of rehabilitation cases for the months of December 2018 and early January 2019.  Most of these cases have coincided with the fledgling stages of our endemic Cape Vulture (Gyps coprotheres) and African White-backed  (Gyps africanus) vulture species.  

Ontleding van die hofuitspraak in die saak tussen die nasionale diere beskermsvereniging en departement omgewingsake, bosbou en vissery rakende uitvoer kwotas vir leeubene 

Hierdie interpretasie van die hofuitspraak is gebaseer op die hofuitspraak self en my ervaring in die skryf, interpretasie en administrasie van omgewingswetgewing en is nie bedoel om te dien as ‘n regsopinie nie.


Die Hooggeregshof in Pretoria het kwotas wat vir 2017 en 2018 vasgestel is vir die handel in leeu-bene as ongrondwetlik en ongeldig verklaar in Augustus 2019. Die Nasionale Dierebeskermingsvereniging het die saak teen die Minister van Omgewingsake aanhangig gemaak.