I was doing some research on legislation in RSA, during which I bumped into something scary and also a little hopeful while reading the Minsters speech on the Budget 2013/14. Scary because convicted offenders can still get licences to be Professional hunters and Outfitters in alternate provinces in RSA. WTF? I thought a licensing process might actually screen the crooks out. The proposed National changes would close this "loop hole". I sure hope so. Minister Bomo Edna Molewa tables Environmental Affairs 2013/14 Budget Vote National Assembly, Parliament, Cape Town, 28 May 2013 War against Rhino Poaching Honourable Members, this year the National Environmental Management Biodiversity Act is 9 years old. As we mark the 9th anniversary of NEMBA, we are conducting an in-depth review to assess its impact at national and local government level. In the process, we will consider to include and additional chapter on the sustainable utilisation of indigenous biological resources. The aim of these legislative amendments is to intensify the biodiversity sustainable development policy of South Africa through coordination and strengthening of existing industries within the biodiversity sphere. In addition, the amendment of legislation seeks to ensure increased contribution of biodiversity economic development initiatives to the rural economy through creating new industries for sustainable livelihoods in the context of new entrants to the biodiversity economy. The Department will also be looking at some legislative amendments to tighten regulatory gaps in the National Environmental Management Act. The National Environmental Management Laws First Amendment Bill that aimed at strengthening the regulatory and enforcement provisions to prevent abuse of the hunting permitting system is at an advanced stage in the Parliamentary process. Once promulgated, the Bill will make provision that a person who is involved in an illegal restricted activity, but who does not physically carry out the restricted activity can also be found guilty of an offence. Presently, professional hunters, hunting outfitters and trainers only register in individual provinces and if they are non-compliant in one province, they can apply to operate or continue to operate in another province. To address this loophole, the Bill compels the national registration of professional hunters, hunting outfitters and trainers involved in the hunting industry. In this way, action can be taken against those who facilitate the carrying out of illegal restricted activities by their clients.