SA needs reforms
THE ORGANISATION for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) yesterday laid down the marker for South Africa to embrace wide-ranging structural reforms that will set the economy on a new growth trajectory.
THE GOVERNMENT is moving ahead with draft regulations for a domestic trade in rhino horn, despite critics’ concerns that a legal market will spur rhino poaching. Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said yesterday that anyone possessing a rhino horn would need a permit, and that South Africa continues to recognise a ban on the international trade in horn that was imposed in 1977. South Africa is home to most of the world’s rhinos. Earlier this year, South Africa’s Constitutional Court rejected a government appeal to preserve a 2009 ban on the domestic trade in rhino horn. A South African rhino breeder is planning an online auction of horn, which is set to take place next month. Rhino breeders say a regulated trade would undercut poaching. Some international conservation groups disagree.