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South Africa; hunting; game; enforcement; government; tourism; economy; management
Game farming and hunting contribute significantly to SA's economy - however, if any hunter behaved irresponsibly, then he would be dealt with, said Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism Marthinus Van Schalkwyk on Tuesday.
Speaking at the annual general meeting of the Professional Hunters Association of South Africa, he said a key issue was sustainable utilisation.
"We are equally determined to ensure that our laws and international commitments are respected and upheld, and will not hesitate to act swiftly and harshly against unethical or irresponsible hunters who overstep or ignore our regulations."
Van Schalkvyk said that the professional hunting sector had an "important partnership role to play in our approach both to conservation and tourism".
"I am fully committed to strengthening and improving the relationship between our department and this sector... Game farming and hunting contributes significantly to conservation, tourism development, job creation and...