COUNTDOWN TO THE WRSA SAFARI NATIONAL GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS

Published On: 9 Jul 2022By Categories: News & Events, Latest News

The WRSA Safari National Championships are well underway with loads of interest and support from the corporate industry, suppliers, friends, and colleagues. Currently eight golf courses throughout South Africa are participating.

Limpopo province:

  • Zebula Country Club (Bela-Bela)
  • Sesambos

Gauteng:

  • Irene Country Club

North West

  • Pecanwood Golf Club

Free State:

  • Schoeman Park Golf Course

Eastern Cape:

  • PE Golf Club

Western Cape

  • Stellenbosch Golf Club
  • Mosselbay Golf Club

The most popular course, Irene Country Club, is almost fully booked. We are still in need of green sponsorships and action prices and would appreciate any contributions from our members and suppliers. Remember to tune into Groot FM and Die Groot Ontbyt on 28 July to support our telethon where we will be pledging donations for WRSA and WRSA Foundation. For 4 ball entries follow this link.

Funds raised will be used to strengthen antipoaching activities on private land as well as communal owned properties with significant rhino numbers.

Fundraising

WRSA represents the breeding, production, management, and conservation of Agro Sustainable Biodiversity Wildlife in South Africa.

Rhinos are an indispensable part of maintaining the balance in the biosphere they inhabit. Protecting and conserving rhinos fulfils our mandate to protect and conserve the biodiversity of South Africa. White rhinos are selective grazers which feed on certain grass species that promotes biodiversity. Similarly, black rhinos eat many woody plants and trees which results in more grasses growing, which benefits other animals.

The 2022 estimate of the white rhino population in the Kruger National Park stands at 2,300 animals – a distressing decrease of nearly 75% in the last decade. The SA population was at all time high at 18 933 in 2012, since near extinction in 1895 with only between 20-50 rhino left in KwaZulu-Natal.  The 2021 total South African white rhino population is estimated at 14,000 of which the privately owned population was estimated to make up 56% (7,900 animals) in 2021. Currently (2022) there are around 8,000 white rhinos on private land.

The rate of poaching is far above the sustainable growth rate of the rhino population. When poachers kill a young cow, they remove as many as 10 rhinos from the population-continuum as one rhino cow can have up to ten calves during her productive years.

Herein lies the problem, there is currently no government managed park that is safe from the unnatural predations of the poaching complex. The skewing of herd numbers means the population growth of the species is negatively affected, leading to a downward trend in population growth in addition to the loss of individual rhinos to poaching.

The comparatively lesser affected private ranches have been able to maintain an average annual growth of 14,4% from 1984 to 2021, significantly greater than the natural biologic growth rate of around 6%, and the IUCN/CITEC target of 5%. Currently, it is estimated that 65% of white rhino in South Africa are on private land.

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