1. The SA Hunting Industry
The SA Government identified tourism as the industry
sector with the largest potential for long term growth and job creation. Hunting,
as a sub-set of tourism, is experiencing strong
upward movement. Visiting "trophy" hunters are most
important to us, but it is essential that we improve our customer
service to world class levels through internal self-controls.
Hunting legislation is decentralized to provincial level. Essential
principles around commercial hunting is much the same across the provinces.
Levels of implementation is reasonable (by SA law enforcement standards).
3. Clubs & Associations
Besides bodies representing other types of shooting sport, there are
registered hunting clubs in SA. By far the largest is SA Hunters
("SA Jagters") with 16000 members and branches all over the country. Acceptance criteria for membership of most clubs do
not include any formal training or qualifications.
The Confederation of Hunters Associations of South Africa (CHASA)
represents affiliated clubs. They encourage hunters to undergo their
training course for improvement of safety standards and hunting skills.
I support that.
These clubs generally subscribe to ethical hunting
principles, and spread the gospel of
4. The PH &
It is a legal requirement that visiting hunters be
guided by a Nature Conservation qualified Professional Hunter. PHASA
membership is strongly recommended. Only outfitters issued with a
permit may recruit hunters from
5. Hunting Ranches
Game ranchers have recently started clustering forces to forward
Visit their website and pick the venue for your next safari.
In my opinion they need a paradigm shift in attitude towards customer service.