A number of government initiatives for education and unemployment have been issued in the last few years, but it seems too late for the current generation.
The reason poachers poach is the same reason rangers do what they do. For a source of income.
As Ken Maggs, the head of the environmental crimes unit in SANParks explains about rangers,"You'll get some individuals that are really heart and soul conservationists, but generally speaking, it is a job, and jobs are not easy to come by. To have a job is really important."
When asked, most poachers would choose a safer, more reliable method of bringing home a paycheck if there was an option.
As one local poacher explained, "I don't bear a grudge against the rangers. We're all just trying to do the best for our family. If I was offered a job as a ranger, I wouldn't have to poach." But, the fact is that there just are not enough jobs to go around.
The reality is communities are fighting against one another in a war in which there are no winners. They're trying to put food on the table for their families, while the wealthy do as they've always done; the Asians following a pointless trend of horn, the politicians turning a blind eye and basking in their own luxuries. And of course, an innocent species caught in middle.
President Zuma's home complete with amphitheater and pool. (Photo: Marco Longari/AFP/Getty)