WHO IS WRSA?
WRSA is the national wildlife ranching organisation comprising individuals in the wildlife industry. WRSA’s strength lies in its members including land owners with an interest in game, game ranchers, professional hunters, hunting outfitters, taxidermists, game reserves and mixed farmers.
THE PURPOSE OF WRSA
WRSA is the national representative body of the wildlife ranching industry. It promotes, serves and protects the interests of wildlife farmers and enhances the economic viability and growth of the industry by:
- Influencing, shaping and guiding national and provincial regulation and policy relating to wildlife ranching in partnership with government.
- Creating awareness of the benefits of wildlife ranching in South Africa.
- Undertaking, directing and influencing applied research in wildlife ranching that will assist decision making processes and best practice approaches of its
- Encouraging and facilitating appropriate biosecurity protocol measures to protect against the threat of diseases.
- Facilitating and promoting broader participation and transformation within the industry.
- Building a community of industry membership through its chambers, study groups, magazine, newsletters, website, seminars and social events.
- Developing and embracing 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 in Pretoria from where it coordinates with representative regional chambers across South Africa.
WHY JOIN WRSA?
Support and membership of all wildlife ranchers will allow WRSA to truly represents the interests of all wildlife ranchers and the entire wildlife industry at all levels. WRSA cares for the game farmers’ interest – whether established, part-time or commercial.
WHAT WRSA DOES FOR ITS MEMBERS
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 inputs regarding legislation, permit systems, scientific research and findings, etc.
The following are a few examples of WRSA’s contributions to ensuring 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
An ombudsman has been appointed to evaluate conflict between wildlife ranchers and cattle farmers. 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. During 2014, WRSA obtained recognition in terms of international ISO standards for the processing of game meat. WRSA expects that the game meat regulations to be finalised during mid 2016, which allow the industry to roll out formal, functional, game meat processing plants.
(e) Permit books
WRSA members have the benefit of obtaining their permit books for the transport of warthog and wild pig meat directly from WRSA and does not need to apply for the permit books through the normal channels. Permit books are available to all paid-up WRSA members, from the WRSA office in Pretoria.
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 role players in the industry. Matters of mutual interest are discussed and solutions to problems are proposed. WRSA keeps it members updated with regular newsletters, a bi-monthly magazine which is also available on the shelve, as well as an updated and informative website, www.wrsa.co.za.
WRSA also has a Facebook page: Wildlife Ranching South Africa.