The Professional Hunters’ Association of South Africa (PHASA) takes it social responsibility seriously. In 2003, PHASA established the PHASA Conservation Fund. Initially, the aim of the Fund was to promote and directly fund worthy conservation projects. In 2005, the Fund extended its mandate, and its name was changed to the PHASA Conservation and Empowerment Fund.
In recent years, the Fund has supported a number of important projects and organisations, including the Magqubu Ntombela Foundation, Conservation Force, the Dallas Safari Club Frontline Foundation, Leopard, Cheetah and Cape Mountain Zebra Research Projects, and the Rhino Anti-poaching Programs of WESSA, EWT, Wildlands Conservation Trust, Zululand Rhino Reserve and the South African National Parks.
As well as, the training of over 1 300 conservation management students from previously disadvantaged communities at the South African Wildlife College in Hoedspruit.
Photo: Conservation students at the SA Wildlife College
Photo: Providing seedlings and encouraging rural people to grow their own vegetables
“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day: teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”
Where and when possible the Fund promotes a hunting advocacy message while alleviating poverty by facilitating self-sufficiency programs to encourage people to fend for themselves, restoring peoples independence, pride and dignity.
In addition to supporting conservation and research projects, the Fund also actively promotes the empowerment and upliftment of previously disadvantaged individuals and communities, primarily through direct funding of training and skills development programmes.
More recently, the Fund has also thrown its weight behind many of the charities, rural community projects and feeding schemes supported and funded by our members. These social responsibility projects range from the building of rural schools, crèches and water provision to isolated communities where many of our members reside.
The urban membership within the association also support a broad spectrum of social responsibility programs, ranging from children’s shelters to special needs schools.
Photo: Meat distribution
Photo: Building a new rural schools
From left to right:
Dries van Coller, Johann Combrink (Chairman), Strauss Jordaan, Stan Burger, Ben Heystek, Fritz Rabe, Sandy McDonald & Peter Ruddle.
The eight directors on the Board are elected by the PHASA membership to serve the Fund in a voluntary capacity for a period of two years. The directors are divided into sub-committees to oversee the programs and projects falling within the following portfolios:
Finance: Rupert Brown, Ben Heystek & Dries van Coller
Conservation: Sandy McDonald, Peter Ruddle & Fritz Rabe
Empowerment: Peter Ruddle, Ben Heystek & Sandy McDonald
Social Responsibility: Fritz Rabe, Rupert Brown, Johann Combrink & Champions
Fundraising: All Board members
Note: Strauss Jordaan has resigned from the Board due to work and family commitments and has been replaced by Rupert Brown.
Although this is a “Team Effort” from the membership and directors to market and promote the Fund, our main marketing and fundraising initiative is headed up by Retha van der Merwe who brings a wealth of experience, passion and energy to the Fund.
Photo: Retha van der Merwe (Marketing)
The Four Cornerstones of the FUND
The Fund is registered as a Non-Profit Company (NPC # 2003/000015/08) and a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO # 930035681), which means that bona fide donations, whether it be a company or an individual, will be entitled to an 18A tax deductible certificate.
We thank all those who have contributed to the Fund and anyone wanting to contribute to the Fund can do so.
Our Banking Details
Bank: First National Bank
Account Name: PHASA Conservation and Empowerment Fund
Account No: 62024778211
Branch Code: 261550
Swift Code: FIRNZAJJ
Reference: Your name & project choice
Email POP: email@example.com
All donors, potential donors and “Friends of PHASA” seeking any information relating to the Fund such as annual reports, requests to be added to the newsletter mailing list or where to drop off any material donations for the Fund.
Our projects are constantly being updated with wish-lists varying from hard cash, food, building materials, clothing, linen, toiletries, etc. Remember that second hand goods that may be one person’s junk is another person’s treasure, we will find a useful home.
Note: All donations received can be earmarked by the donor to benefit any of the projects supported by the Fund.
Tersia Du Plooy
PA to PHASA President
PBO # 930035681 NPC # 2003/000015/08