'Mr fix-it' called in to tackle poaching

Mavuso Msimang outlined key areas to tackle the scourge of rhino poaching.

Rhino, victims of poaching syndicates in South Africa. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The man called in to curb rhino poaching on Friday outlined four key areas that need urgent attention.

Mavuso Msimang, known as 'Mr. fix-it', has been pulled out of retirement by the Department of Environmental Affairs to explore the problem.

He will come up with possible solutions to curb the issue.

Msimang is the former Director General of Home Affairs and CEO of South African National Parks (SANParks).

He said the slaughter must stop.

"I was asked to engage with all stakeholders to get an informed and objective way of stopping the slaughter of rhino."

Msimang said the issue is extremely complex.

He believes rhino poaching figures must drop, overseas demand for horns must decrease, and the population of rhino needs to be boosted.

He added private game farm owners must also come on board to help tackle the issue.

By May 2012, 220 rhino were lost to poaching in South Africa alone.