MAKUYA’S INSPIRATIONAL FIGHT TO SAVE ITS HUNTING CULTURE
Inspired by its court victory to save its hunting culture, Limpopo-based Makuya hunting community has now called upon other Southern African communities to join it in the “The Mother Of All Battles For Ivory Trade.”
by Emmanuel Koro
In most Southern African rural communities, including South Africa’s Limpopo Province-based Makuya hunting community, hunting revenue promotes wildlife and habitat conservation. It also reduces rural poverty.
Sadly, the Makuya hunting culture faces local and foreign threats.
In 2019, a Limpopo Provincial Government Department that issues hunting licences singled out Makuya and shockingly cancelled its hunting licence, without explanation.
Esther Netshivhongweni is Africa’s only known black woman, actively involved with hunting. She explains the Makuya hunting licence cancellation losses and how she led the media and court fight to save their hunting culture.
Strained relations with a provincial government agency. Excellent relations with the national government. This is Makuya’s curious situation. This year, the National Department of Environment Forest and Fisheries (DEFF) is releasing a US$3 million grant for the construction of the Makuya Wildlife Training College and the Makuya Nature Reserve conservation projects and infrastructural development.
The ownership of natural wealth can be a blessing and a curse. Commercial forces are reportedly seeking to control and loot Makuya’s rich natural resources.
Foreign interference is another threat. The Western animal rights groups are said to have strong anti-wild-trade influence over the UN international wild trade regulating agency, CITES.
Therefore, Makuya invites wildlife-rich Southern African rural communities to join them in taking to the International Court of Justice, the brave fight against the Western animal rights groups’ violation of Africans’ constitutionally protected rights to hunt and benefit from the ivory trade. The COVID-19 pandemic hit – and cash-strapped Africans wish to use the wild trade revenue to conserve the continent’s iconic species and habitats.
The last option is to show the world how the Western animal rights group- influenced wild trade bans, and taught Africans to convert national parks into crop and mining fields.
Script Writer: Emmanuel Koro – February 2021