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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 Nov 2014

Hierdie is my eerste nuusbrief met boodskappe uit die stoel van die HUB van die SAJWV. Baie dankie dat u my die geleentheid bied om op hierdie wyse met u in gesprek te tree. Ek waardeer dit opreg. Ek beplan om op gereelde basis op hierdie wyse met u te probeer kommunikeer om boodskappe vanaf die Raad en die Vereniging aan u oor te dra oor ‘n verskeidenheid van onderwerpe.

Omdat daar ‘n hele klompie sake is waaroor ek inligting sou wil deel mag hierdie boodskap langer wees as dit wat u normaalweg sou verwag.


I will deliberately use both Afrikaans and English to communicate with you. I know there are some members who prefer to only receive communication in Afrikaans while there are also some members who can only read and understand our communication in English. I am a pragmatist that believes that all of us are required to give or offer something to the benefit of the Association as a whole, hence the approach to provide some information in either of the languages. In this way everybody offers something to the process. I also believe that it would be an inappropriate use of time to sit and translate the full document to have it available in both Afrikaans and English. I would prefer using the time and money of the association much better than to merely sit and translate documents or have it done on my behalf.

Waar daar krities belangrike inligting is sal ek die moeite doen om dit wel te vertaal maar waar dit bloot gaan oor die deel van inligting met lede en goeie kommunikasie, moet u asseblief aanvaar sal daar dele van die nuusbrief in elkeen van die tale wees wat nie vertaal sal word nie.


Inyathi Park News September 2014

Dedicated activity and non-activity returns

Members are reminded that Dedicated Activity Returns need to be received by Inyathi Park by the end of October. If you already comply with the requirements for maintaining your dedicated status you would have received a confirmation sms by the time you receive this communication, and you do not need to do anything more. If you have not received a sms but you have entered your activities, please check your profile on the website – we may have the wrong contact details. If you are unable to enter your activities on the website, you will need to fill in an activity report (download the report here) and send it to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Members need to be aware of the minimum activity requirements for the maintenance of the relevant statuses:

Dedicated Hunter:

A minimum of two (2) activities per year. Hunting trips and SA Hunters related branch/shooting activities are considered, which include attendance of any official Branch, Regional or National SA Hunters event, or serving as Range Officer during any of these events. Non-SA Hunters shooting activities are not considered.


Rhino poaching: 3140 rhinos killed in four years... and counting

To trade or not to trade (legally) in rhino horn is a conundrum that environmentalists, conservationists, hunters and activists have been debating ad nauseam over the past few years in South Africa and across the globe.

With 3140 rhinos poached for their horns in South Africa since 2011, all this talking and debating seemed to have achieved little in stopping the carnage. According to the latest official release, the total number of rhinos poached during 2014, was 1020 (20 November 2014).

In April 2011, the South African Hunters and Game Conservation Association (SAHGCA) launched its Rhinos Alive! campaign to raise awareness and funds to benefit rhino conservation in South Africa. At that time, SAHGCA was one of the few conservation organisations that publicly advocated legalising international trade in rhino horn. SAGHGA was widely criticised for its stance by various animal rights organisations at the time.


Inyathi Park newsletter August 2014

Transvaal branch Ford Figo competition.

The Transvaal branch of SAHGCA launched what was probably its largest project to date in April 2014. The competition, which was in aid of the establishment of a new, safer shooting range for Transvaal branch members, as well as members of the public, had as first prize a Ford Figo 1.4 Ambiente, made available by Action Ford Krugersdorp. In addition to the car, prizes were also donated by Hot Power, Camdix and others. Tickets for the Ford Figo were sold at HuntEx, the Veteran Motor show of Krugersdorp, the Bokkoorsfees in Ventersdorp and at many other smaller events.

7800 tickets (at R20) were sold, realising R156 000 in total. The draw for the Ford Figo takes place at Action Ford, Krugersdorp at 7:00pm on Thursday 4 September. The Transvaal branch cordially invites all those who entered the competition to the occasion. Who knows – you may be the winner!

Magnum offer

Members are reminded that the introductory Magnum magazine discount offer is still open.  SAHGCA members with an South African postal address can subscribe to MAN Magnum for one year (12 editions) at a special price of R 320.00 (including VAT and postage), which is a R94 saving on the magazine's cover price. You can find the MAN Magnum subscription form on our website.