The department of environmental affairs plans to appoint a panel to review the implementation of recommendations from a committee into the feasibility of a legal trade in rhino horn. Minister Nomvula Mokonyane intends to appoint an advisory committee that will look into “existing policies, legislation, and practices related to the management, breeding, hunting, trade and handling of elephant, lion, leopard and rhinoceros”, the department announced in the Government Gazette on Monday. In February 2015, then minister Edna Molewa announced the appointment of a committee to probe the feasibility of a legal trade in rhino horn in response to the onslaught on the animals by poachers. It’s chair, Nana Magomola, said if issues around security and demand management, among others, are not addressed, it “could enable wildlife crime to grow” and “impede the government’s ability to conserve rhino in its natural habitat”. The committee presented the state with four options, one of which includes ...

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