WRSA is a registered nonprofit organisation representing the national and international interests of the industry, including the sustainable breeding, conservation, production and marketing of wildlife in South Africa.
WRSA’s purpose is to promote, serve and protect the interests of wildlife farmers and to enhance the economic viability and growth of the industry by:
- influencing and guiding national and provincial regulations and policies relating to the wildlife industry in partnership with government;
- creating awareness of the benefits of wildlife ranching in South Africa;
- undertaking and directing applied research in the wildlife ranching industry that will assist members to make good decisions to follow best practices;
- encouraging and facilitating appropriate biosecurity measures to protect against the threat of diseases;
- facilitating and promoting broader participation and transformation within the industry;
- building a community in the wildlife industry through chambers, study groups, magazines, newsletters, website, seminars and social events;
- enhancing the reputation of the industry, locally and globally;
- providing the appropriate leadership infrastructure, capacity and capability to achieve all of the above.
WRSA’s National office is based in Pretoria, with regional chambers across South Africa.
The support and membership of every game rancher is important to ensure that WRSA represents the interests of every game rancher and the whole industry.
WRSA strives to be an inclusive organization and caters for the needs of developing, part-time and commercial game ranchers.
WRSA, as the acknowledged and official mouthpiece for wildlife ranchers, regularly liaises with government departments, provincial nature conservation authorities, scientific institutions and NGO’s to address and discuss issues pertaining to wildlife ranching. These collaborations include input regarding legislation, permit systems, scientific research and findings, etc.
The following are a few examples of WRSA’s contributions to ensure sustainable wildlife ranching:
a) National & Provincial environmental legislation:
Reviewing of draft Bills and Regulations, engagement with the authorities and submission of comments.
(b) Firearm Legislation:
WRSA is acknowledged by the SAPS Central Firearms Registrar as a wildlife organisation. The amended Firearms Control Bill now also recognises wildlife ranching as a business practice and therefore wildlife ranchers can licence firearms for business purposes. In order to do so, the business must be accredited at the Central Firearms for business purposes. The WRSA office can provide guidance and assistance to all its members in this regard.
(c) Malignant catarrhal fever
A permit system for the movement of wildebeest and wildebeest products has been implemented for record purposes.
(d) Game Meat Scheme
Since 2008, WRSA has been involved in efforts to finalise the SA Game Meat Regulations and Game Meat Scheme. WRSA expects that the game meat regulations will be finalised soon, which will allow the industry to roll out formal, functional game meat processing plants.
(e) Permit books
Paid-up WRSA members have the benefit of buying permit books to transport wildebeest, warthog and wild pig meat directly from WRSA.
Permit to transport wild pig meat:
Permit to transport warthog and wild pig meat out of an African swine fever controlled area – issued in terms of the Animal Diseases Act, 1984 (Act No. 35 of 1984).
Permit to transport warthog or wild pig meat cuts from a single carcass (without the head, legs, skin, viscera and lymph nodes) from the property as named herein, to the place of destination by the person authorized herewith. It is applicable to the following provinces: Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Gauteng, North West and KZN.
Wildebeest movement record:
Movement record to transport wildebeest or the meat products of wildebeest from the property mentioned to the destination as indicated.
WRSA regularly fund and support necessary research projects to ensure the sustainable future of our industry.
(g) Communication Channels
WRSA provides multiple opportunities to liaise with various roleplayers in the industry. Matters of mutual interest are discussed and solutions to problems are proposed. WRSA keeps members informed with regular newsletters, a bi-monthly magazine, website and Facebook page: Wildlife Ranching South Africa.