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No secrecy over rhinos There is increasing pressure on the Department of Environmental Affairs to release rhino poaching statistics more frequently. On 7 March 2015, DA deputy shadow minister for the environment, Terri Stander  posted a petition on the global campaign-network, Avaaz, calling on all South Africans who support the right to know, to sign the petition, which she would personally deliver  Molewa. The petition calls for the minister to publish rhino poaching incidents, arrests and conviction statistics on a weekly basis.

New! Committee of inquiry to deliberate possible trade in rhino horn

Gun laws to get tougher President Jacob Zuma has acknowledged calls for a review of gun control laws and reiterated the government’s intention to look into more stringent gun regulations. During his National Council of Provinces address, Zuma said the government was concerned about the increase in the number of guns and the level of violent crimes in South Africa.

Game a boost for industry The decision by South Africa's conservation bodies to turn game into an economic asset for private landowners, led to a huge increase in game numbers, says Dr George Hughes, former CEO of the then Natal Parks Board. Hughes was the guest speaker at the SA Hunters and Game Conservation Association's annual dinner. He also said the media never gave South Africa credit for creating the best game industry in the world.

Legalising the trade in rhino horn considered South Africa is slowing the rate of increase in rhino poaching and is considering advocating the legalising of rhino-horn trade to stop the killing of the animals, according to the Department of Environmental Affairs.

Authorities have six months to contain alien invasive plant (Sanbi) said government departments and municipalities had failed to develop plans to tackle invasive species or lacked the capacity to deal with the scourge, which threatened the survival of indigenous species and posed a threat to human health.
The Kloof Conservancy applied to the courts in December 2012 to compel the minister of water and environmental affairs to publish and apply the national list of invasive alien plants.

UP researcher finds ways to improve the well-being of wildlife Although wild animals have been captured and chemically immobilised for years (by using a form of anaesthesia induced by drugs in a dart), very little is known about the short- and long-term consequences of capture and the effects of immobilising drugs on wild animals. Dr Leith Meyer, Veterinary Sciences Pharmacology researcher at the University of Pretoria, is committed to finding solutions to improve the well-being of wild animals. The results of his research will help wildlife veterinarians and other conservation practitioners to ensure that the best methods of capture are practised and optimal immobilising drug cocktails and treatments are used.

Inyathi Park News April 2015

Dear Colleague,

After a peaceful Easter weekend, cooler weather conditions have settled in. I also noted that quite a number of SAHGCA members have already taken time off for their first hunt of the season.

Activities to Retain Dedicated Sport Shooter Status

I want to reiterate that members wishing to retain their Dedicated Sport Shooter status from SAGHCA must comply with the accreditation requirement of participating inat least three SAHGCA shooting events in any year. We come across many instances where members who participate in sport shooting events organised by other associations or groups want their participation to be recognised as sport shooting participation to retain their Dedicated Sport Shooter status with SAHGCA. Unfortunately, SAHGCA does not recognise participation in these actiavities because it does not meet our accreditation requirement.

Hernuwing van Vuurwapenlisensies

Ek herinner lede daaraan om die geldigheidsdatums van hul vuurwapenlisensies na te gaan. Die eerste “nuwe lisensies” wat tien jaar gelede vir jagwapens uitgereik is verval vanjaar en moet hernu word. Talle mense vergeet doodgewoon van die hernuwing van vuurwapenlisensies. Onthou om minstens 90 dae voordat ‘n lisensie verval reeds die hernuwingsaansoek in te dien.

Dit gebeur toenemend dat die SAPD deur die plaaslike Distriksvuurwapenbeampte (DFO) of die Sentrale Vuurwapenregister individue per SMS in kennis stel dat hulle lisensies verval het en dat hulle moet aansoek doen om die lisensies te hernu. In Gauteng aanvaar die SAPD wel “laat aansoeke vir hernuwing”, maar in die Vrystaat weier die SAPD om hierdie aansoeke in ontvangs te neem en word aansoekers weggewys.

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Inyathi Park News March 2015

Reporting Dedicated Status

The Firearms Control Act and Regulations (Act 60 of 2 000 as amended) compel all accredited hunting and sportshooting associations to report the membership status of its dedicated members at the end of every year. Associations that do not adhere to this requirement may lose its accreditation status. It is important to note that the requirement to retain dedicated status is part of the accreditation requirements of SAHGCA. Please note that these requirements cannot be changed unilaterally.

Toegewyde Jagters

Sowat 2879 toegewyde jagterslede het nog nie hulle statusverslae ingehandig nie. Ons het individuele e-pos boodskappe aan hierdie lede gestuur en hulle versoek om verslae sonder versuim in te stuur.

Dedicated Sportshooters

We are also still waiting for 1554 dedicated sports shooters to confirm their activities if they wish to retain their dedicated status. We sent final requests by e-mail to these members to submit their reports without further delay.

Nasionale Takvoorsittersforum

Die NTVF is die afgelope Saterdag byeengeroep en 63 uit die 74 takke was verteenwoordig. Dit is hoofsaaklik deur takvoorsitters bygewoon.

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HUNTEX2015

HuntEx2015 is an international consumer show that takes place at the Gallagher Convention Centre, in Midrand, Gauteng from 25 to 27 April 2015. The show is aimed at hunters, sportshooters, game farm owners, game breeders, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts.

The show focuses mainly on firearms for hunting and sportshooting purposes and gives local and international firearm dealers the opportunity to exhibit their products. HuntEx is by far the largest small calibre firearm show on the African continent and attracts visitors from all over South Africa to view and buy their newest products. 346 exhibitors will display and sell their products and services in more than fifty different categories at HuntEx2015. The organisers are confident that the visitors numbers will exceed the previous year's record of 40 221 visitors.

SCOPE AND GROWTH

HuntEx was held for the first time in 2011 and celebrates its fifth anniversary this year. A bigger variety of exhibitors join HuntEx each year to be part of the most popular expo of its kind in country. Foreign dealers in firearms, hunting and outdoor products discovered a new market for their products in South Africa and return year after year. HuntEx offers a new market for exhibitors from Europe and America and gives them access to the continent. One such example is the Italian firearms manufacturers from the Gardone Val Trompia in northern Italy whose collections of high quality firearms attracted huge attention among firearm enthusiasts and collectors in 2014.

Adriaan Woudstra, organiser of the show, and his team closely monitor emerging trends in the hunting, wildlife and leisure industry to ensure that HuntEx remains relevant and provides new opportunities for exhibitors and visitors. The South African hunting and game industry, which contributes about R9 billion to the economy per annum, are loyal supporters of HuntEx. The South African Hunters and Game Conservation Association (SAHGCA), which has a 50% share in HuntEx, will also exhibit. SAHGCA is the biggest hunting association with more than 38 000 members in 74 branches across the country.

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MEDIA RELEASE BY THE SA HUNTERS AND GAME CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION
18 February 2015

Hunting body calls for regulation of intensive commercial game breeding practices

The South African Hunters and Game Conservation Association (SAHGCA) wants government to implement mechanisms to regulate selective and intensive game breeding practices in the interest of protecting the country’s biodiversity and its international reputation as a leader in conservation.

Selective and intensive game breeding practices in the private game breeding sector are aimed at enhancing or altering genetic characteristics of game species for commercial purposes and include artificial and unnatural manipulation of wildlife to achieve unusual coat colours and excessive
horn lengths. Although SAHGCA fully supports an extensive game farming sector and appreciates its contribution to the economy, the Association believes that certain uncontrolled practices might have detrimental effects on biodiversity and holds unwanted consequences for the wildlife industry as a whole.

Dr Gerhard Verdoorn, President of SAHGCA, says the Association is very concerned about trends in the private game ranching sector where game breeders produce a growing assortment of unnatural colour variations among indigenous game. “These practices of deliberately selecting and breeding animals for specific traits, similar to stock farming, to produce unusual coat colours or very large horn-lengths are not compatible with conservation principles.”

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