Dear WRSA members,
We attach hereto a WRSA/Agri-SA branded permit to be used by WRSA members, which must be issued to each hunter before leaving his/her destination.
Please remember the following:
- The permit will allow a subsistence hunter to travel across borders to visit your hunting area, with the hunting camp on-site, with the purpose to source game meat. It does not allow for recreational activities.
- The permit attached hereto and issued in terms of the National Disaster Management Regulations, does not replace any hunting licences, permission to hunt forms, permission to transport meat back home, etc., which are normally being issued before a hunt can take place.
- Permit books for the transport of warthog and bushpig from, to or through KZN, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, Gauteng and North West are available to WRSA members from the WRSA office. Please contact Ms Kunene on email@example.com, should you need to purchase a permit book.
- Should the hunter hunt more or different species than specified on the permit, we advise that you then issue a new permit with the correct details, before the hunter departs back home.
We would also like to remind you of the current regulations regarding traveling, which should also be brought under hunters’ attention:
In terms of the Disaster Management Regulations, private vehicles shall not carry more than 60% of the licensed capacity, and that all directions in respect of hygienic conditions and the limitation of exposure of persons to COVID-19, must be adhered to.
Health & Safety at the hunting area:
For your information, the TBCSA (Tourism Business Council SA) protocol for the Tourism Industry Operations is available on our website: https://www.wrsa.co.za/tbcsa-protols-for-tourism-industry-operations/
The protocol should provide landowners with some helpful information regarding the health & safety measures to be in place. Please note that these are not gazetted directives.
WRSA expresses our appreciation to the Department of Environmental Affairs for confirming on the 4th of June 2020, that:
- Hunting may be done for subsistence purposes; i.e. the primary aim of the hunt is to obtain meat for personal consumption;
- Persons may travel across district, metro or provincial borders to the hunting destination, as hunting is a wildlife management service. Regulation 33(4) makes provision for such travel, amongst others, for any permitted service;
- The landowner must issue a permit to each person that travels for the hunt, indicating the following information on the permit:
- Name of each hunter
- Date/ period of the hunt (start date and end date)
- Species and number of animals that will be hunted
- The hunter/s may stay over in the hunting camp of the landowner (i.e. accommodation must be provided on-site)
- The landowner is responsible to maintain health and safety protocols.
The above may change, depending on the amended regulations to be published by the Minister of COGTA within 14 business days of the judgment made by the High Court on 2 June 2020.