|Black rhino concessions on tender|
|Written by Edson Haufiku|
|Wednesday, 29 May 2013 20:37|
The Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) has placed on tender the trophy hunting of two aged male black rhinoceros in eastern Kavango during the current hunting season which ends in November.
The hunting on state land began in 2009, after the practice was approved by Cabinet in 2007. This will mark only the second time that black rhino’s will be offered for hunting since the UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) approved an annual quota of five rhinos.
In 2012, Cabinet endorsed the killing of the two black rhinos, having already approved three black rhino concessions during the last three hunting seasons.
According to a MET tender notice released this week, the individual animals to be hunted will be determined by the ministry, while all hunts will be accompanied by MET officials.
In the release, the ministry invited the Namibia Tourism Board (NTB) and other registered Namibian companies, owned by or having in its employment a Namibian MET registered big game professional hunter to provide the ministry with financial offers for one rhinoceros per company.
A 20% discount will be afforded to companies with at least a twenty percentage ownership by formerly disadvantaged Namibians and 10% for companies employing formerly disadvantaged Namibians as professional big game hunters.
The funds generated from the venture go to the MET’s Game and Products Trust Fund (GPTF). Questions forwarded to MET permanent secretary Simon Negumbo on how much revenue the GPTF has collected in the last three hunting season went unanswered by the time of going to print.
Last December, Cabinet approved a number of other trophy-hunting concessions which will go on auction during the course of 2013, with a directive to exclude previous concession holders who failed to honour previous contracts with government.
The concessions up for auction include western Kavango, Mangetti National Park, Waterberg Plateau Park and Daan Viljoen, in addition to the black rhino concessions in eastern Kavango.
The species to be hunted include elephant, leopard, spotted hyena, blue wildebeest, duiker, steenbok, buffalo, sable, eland, giraffe, Hartman zebra, kudu, impala, eland, warthog and Oryx. Namibia’s trophy-hunting industry ranks third in Africa after Tanzania and South Africa