Botswana banks on fierce reputation as anti-poaching funds shrink

Botswana has become the final frontier for the continent's last free roaming rhinos
Botswana has become the final frontier for the continent's last free roaming rhinos

Anti-poaching activities have not been spared in the Government-wide spending cuts in the current and upcoming financial years. However, environment minister, Tshekedi Khama has an ace up his sleeve: the country’s reputation of helping poachers meet their Maker. Staff Writer, MBONGENI MGUNI reports

With 200 rhinos awaiting translocation to the safe haven and final frontier that is Botswana, Budget cuts in anti-poaching could not have come at a worse time.  In the group waiting to come over are 40 black rhinos, the beasts that were declared extinct in Botswana in 1992, with only a few existing today in conservation parks.

For the upcoming financial year, which begins on April 1, 2017 the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Tourism’s development budget has been slashed from P213 million to P165 million.

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