AN INITIATIVE BY THE PROFESSIONAL HUNTERS ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH AFRICA (PHASA) TO QUANTIFY THE HUNTING INDUSTRY’S HUMANITARIAN EFORTSThe Professional Hunters’ Association of South Africa (PHASA) has launched a new humanitarian initiative aimed at consolidating the existing social responsibility initiatives of all the members of PHASA under a single umbrella with a view to providing a fuller understanding and account of the professional hunting industry’s contribution to community development, food security and rural education.
Since its establishment in 2003, PHASA’s Conservation and Empowerment Fund has donated over R15 million to the training of rangers and guides from historically disadvantaged backgrounds, wildlife research and anti-poaching initiatives, as well as other social responsibility projects.
However, members of the association have their own social responsibility programmes and those who operate in provincial parks are required to submit a community development plan in order to win a government-held concession. It is estimated that each member contributes around R100 000 a year towards humanitarian work.
The total contribution of professional hunting to community upliftment in South Africa has therefore been significantly understated and PHASA’s ability to give a full assessment of the industry’s humanitarian impact had been hampered as a result of the diverse nature of its members’ contributions.
In the wake of increasing criticism levelled at the hunting industry – taking place against a background of a general misunderstanding of what it does and how this benefits both conservation and empowerment – it is no longer feasible to talk about hunters’ humanitarian efforts in terms of rands and cents alone.
Anecdotal evidence no longer suffices when the hunting industry is asked to substantiate its claims of community engagement. All the schools, roads, clinics and crechés it builds, all the monetary donations it makes, all the jobs and dependants it supports, and all the carcasses it gives for food – all of these have to be measured so that the hunting industry can give the public a proper account of its positive impact on rural development.
The food security that professional hunting provides, particularly in areas where livestock-reared meat is expensive and difficult to access, is key to countering the misperception that professional hunting is a wasteful activity. It is estimated that professional hunting produces around 2.6 million tonnes of meat every year, a significant proportion of which is donated to schools, orphanages, old age homes and villages.
Local consumption hunting enjoys far greater support than its professional counterpart, despite the fact that both sustainably use their quarry. At the end of the day there is little difference between the two: a local hunter will keep the skull to hang above his bar and a professional hunter will take the meat for his own use, sell it or donate it to a charitable cause. It’s a misperception that needs to be addressed or the professional hunting industry risks losing its social licence.
The beneficial spin-offs of hunting are evident to the communities living in wildlife hunting areas but less so to urban society. Unfortunately, public opinion is formed by city folk and unless the industry properly accounts for its humanitarian work it risks not only our profession but the livelihoods of those who depend on hunting.
For further information contact Johann Combrink
Chairman of PHASA’s Conservation and Empowerment Fund
on 082 329 2110
Mandela Day at JJ De Jong School – Attridgeville
PHASA has installed computer and internet facilities at the JJ De Jong School Library on Monday the 18th July 2016 as part of our Nelson Mandela day initiative!!
We wish to thank IT Window for their generous contributions towards this day! (www.itwindow.co.za)
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. ~ Nelson Mandela
Boere In Nood
PHASA’s Conservation and Empowerment Fund recently donated R10,000 towards drought relief. Here PHASA executive member Strauss Jordaan hands over the cheque to Carina of the NGO, “Boere in Nood” (Farmers in Need) in Bloemfontein.
2015 Was a very busy year for us and we were blessed to be able to do the following:
Cradock Good Samaritan Home
We totally fund the whole childrens project of this entity. This includes the paying of caregivers, cook, driver and also the provision of lunch for the children on a daily basis after school. We are also responsible for the expenses of the facility petrol, insurance, etc. We do not receive any funding from the governement or any other institutions and this and these 158 children are totally reliant on us to support them throughout the year. We also supplied the children with a brand new bus, see picture as well as building the Amy Bell Children Centre for them, where they come to eat, play and have educational lessons given by the caregivers. See attached pictures
Cradock Pre Primary School
This school was given a R20 000 donation to assist the young students that were unable to purchase their own uniforms or school stationery etc.
We have also assisted this school with R30 000 which takes care of children that require specialized assistance, due to certain disabilities.
Nomzama Special Day Care
This school is for children with mental disabilities and is very poorly funded by the state, R37 pday per child which includes the teachers salary, principals salary and also breakfast and lunch. We are at present assisting them with R2000 pm for food. On the 17 October we held our function in Cradock attended by 200 people to raise money for our different projects and managed to raise in the region of R250 000. We are also busy setting up a trust to assist deserving children financially that will be attending NMMU from our area or the Eastern Cape. We have already pledges for R3 000 000 for this cause.. We have attached photos of some of the facilities and children that we are assisting. Along with the Bell family from Midland Texas we also assisted in distributing goodies from the SCI Blue Bags This is just a very brief description of what our group is doing for our community especially the very needy.