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17 March 2017

Rustenburg – The first ever Mebala Ya Rona Biodiversity Transformation Wildlife Auction was held on Friday, 10 March 2017, at the Molokwane Lodge & Conference Centre in Rustenburg. 

Following the many other critical hindrances to growth and transformation of the sector, the auction culminated the official launch of the Roma-Nna Legacy Foundation to address the key funding challenges to the development of the new entrant’s projects. 

In heeding the clarion call by the Honourable Premier of the Bokone Bophirima Province, SOR Mahumapelo, to be fearless in achieving greatness; the Department of Rural, Environment and Agricultural Development (READ), has taken the first step in responding to the need for radical transformation of the sector by accelerating the outcomes of the Mebala Ya Rona Biodiversity Conference held in October 2016.

MEC Manketsi Tlhape inaugurating the Mebala Ya Rona Trans Provincial Biodiversity Transformation Advisory Committee.
MEC Manketsi Tlhape inaugurating the Mebala Ya Rona Trans Provincial Biodiversity Transformation Advisory Committee.

About 155 lots of game including rare and high-value species from various sellers and some donations from private game farmers were on auction. 

Speaking about the initiative, the MEC for READ, MEC Manketsi Tlhape stated that it was significant for the Department to fulfil the mandate of the 5th Provincial administration by implementing the five (5) concretes with a Vision to Rebrand, Reposition and Renew (RRR) the Province in line with the National Development Plan (NDP), Vision 2030, using our precious biodiversity resources. The five Provincial concretes included the Agriculture; Culture & Tourism (ACT); Villages, Townships & Small Dorpies (VTSD); Reconciliation, Healing & Renewal (RHR); Setsokotsane and the Saamtrek-Saamwerk Philosophy. 

The MEC Tlhape further inaugurated the Mebala Ya Rona Provincial Biodiversity Transformation Advisory Committee, which comprises of 10 independent members of the public industry with the purpose to serve, support and advise on the implementation of this biodiversity transformation initiative including the management of the Roma-Nna Legacy Fund. 

As a Province, the Department of READ recognises and appreciates the support from the industry; private businessmen and the general public in making this initiative a success.

...extracts of READ press release

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