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Government Game Auction: Less Animals to Earn the Same Cash


East Cape News (Grahamstown)
June 2, 2003
Posted to the web June 2, 2003
Thozi Ka Manyisana

The number of wild animals for sale at the annual government sale at Thomas Baines Reserve outside Grahamstown this weekend has dropped by 670 from 1892 last year to 1 220 this year.

However, the department of Finance, Economic Affairs, Environment and Tourism believes it will raise R6.5m -- which is about the same as last year.

Departmental spokesperson Zama Mpondwana said the popular auction of game from government nature reserves had earned the province "more than" R12 million in the past two years.

The sale is hosted by the environmental affairs directorate and the Eastern Cape Tourism Board.

Mpondwana said the sale of two white Rhinos from the Greater Fish River Complex was expected to raise interest among buyers.

For sale are buffalo, mountain zebras, impalas, waterbuck and mountain reedbuck from Tsolwana, Mpofu, Commando Drift, Oviston and the Karoo nature reserves.

Mpondwana assured ECN that Tom, the 40-year-old rhino reputed to have the world's longest horn, would "definitely not (subs: not) go under the hammer on Saturday.

He said Tom had been in "demand" for more three years but the government had no intention of selling him.
" He is an asset."

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