New tech to curb poaching

SANParks is confident a new agreement signed with Denel will rapidly reduce rhino poaching.

A dead rhino at Hartzhoogte Game Reserve. Picture: Matshidiso Madia/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Officials from South African National Parks (SANParks) on Tuesday said they were confident a new agreement signed with defense equipment giant Denel would rapidly reduce rhino poaching.

SANParks singed the memorandum of understanding yesterday, following a spate of attacks on rhinos in the North West province.

The new agreement will see authorities using state of the art technology to detect poachers at a much earlier stage.

SANParks said while they cannot reveal much about the new technology, it is similar to the equipment used in the West Coast, to curb abalone poaching.

SANParks spokesperson Ike Phaahla said rangers at all of South Africa's official game parks will also receive specialist training to combat poaching.

"They are going to be providing training for some personnel, so that we can also continue training other people."

The technology will unfortunately only be made available to official game parks, leaving private farms to fend for themselves.