WRSA-EC ANNUAL CONFERENCE, GALA DINNER & AWARDS CEREMONY

Eastern Cape was the first province to host an annual Conference, Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony and the first function was held at Fish River Sun Hotel & Country Club resort on 29 October 2016.

The annual conference aims to address burning issues in the Eastern Cape Wildlife Industry and world-class keynote speakers such as Quinton Coetzee, Dave Pepler, Dr Roelof Botha and Ivo Vegter kept the attention of the delegates captured with their unique and individual presentations.

The conference is followed by a prestigious black-tie gala dinner, where the Wildlife Rancher of the Year awards are presented. An annual auction is held to generate income utilized in serving and sustaining the structure of WRSA-EC and fund some research and transformation projects in the Eastern Cape.

WILDLIFE RANCHER OF THE YEAR AWARDS

The Wildlife Rancher of the Year Awards serves to honour pioneering spirit & outstanding effort, innovation, and commitment to the enhancement of the wildlife industry at large. Candidates from across the province are nominated by fellow farmers.  An independent panel then selects the finalists based not only on the quality of their product, but also their contribution to the enhancement of the industry through social & environmental responsibility, and leadership. The award winners are announced during the annual Gala Dinner.

The following trophies may be awarded to candidates who exceed the selection criteria:

Young Wildlife Rancher of the Year

The Young Wildlife Rancher of the Year is “Proudly Eastern Cape”, and represents a positive contribution towards excellence for the future growth of the industry.

Newcomer of the Year

The Newcomer of the Year is “Proudly Eastern Cape”, represents a progressive force toward growth & sustainability in the Eastern Cape, and serves as an inspiration to all new entrants in the wildlife industry.

Outfitter of the Year

The Outfitter of the Year is “Proudly Eastern Cape”, committed to sustainable & wise use of wildlife, and shows outstanding commitment to setting new benchmarks for excellence in the safari hunting industry.

Game Breeder of the Year

The Game Breeder of the Year is “Proudly Eastern Cape”, and represents top quality rare game produced by a breeder of impeccable integrity, through management systems of the highest standard.

Conservation Rancher of the Year

The Conservation Rancher of the Year is “Proudly Eastern Cape”, and represents a resolute commitment to the enhancement of socio-economic development and sustainable conservation practice in the wildlife industry.

Wildlife Rancher of the Year (Overall Winner)

The Wildlife Rancher of the Year is “Proudly Eastern Cape”, engaged in multiple levels of the value chain, and shows outstanding commitment to setting new benchmarks for excellence across the industry.  The winner is an extraordinary ambassador, representing the essence of the Eastern Cape wildlife industry in the global arena.

2019

  1. Conservation Rancher of the Year
    Warne Rippon – Buffalo Kloof Private Game Reserve
  2. Game Breeder of the Year
    Mark van Antwerp – Vaalkop Game Breeders
  3. Young Rancher of the Year
    Michelle Bosch – Woody Cape Wildlife
  4. Wildlife Rancher of the Year
    Warne Rippon – Buffalo Kloof Private Game Reserve

2018

  1. Conservation Rancher of the Year
    Walter & Jenny Currie – Kasouga Partnership
  2. Game Breeder of the Year
    Mark Cotton – Bulela Wildlife
  3. Newcomer of the Year
    Nonkqubela Mayatula – Miarestate
  4. Outfitter of the Year
    Irvin, Peter & Stephen Tam – Tam Safaris
  5. Young Rancher of the Year
    Mark Fetting – Sipton Manor Game Breeders
  6. Wildlife Rancher of the Year
    Irvin, Peter & Stephen Tam – Tam Safaris

2017

  1. Conservation Rancher of the Year
    Johan Bouwer - L’Ormarins Farms
  2. Game Breeder of the year
    Katjana Ott - Glen Harry Reserve
  3. Outfitter of the year
    Loodt Büchner - Tootabi Hunting Safaris
  4. Young Wildlife Rancher of the year
    Iain Stewart - Emerald Sky Safaris
  5. Wildlife Rancher of the Year (overall winner)
    Warrick Barnard - Woody Cape Wildlife

2016

  1. Conservation Rancher of the Year
    John Rance - Kei River Reserve
  2. Game Breeder of the year
    Rob Hobson - SwartrivierWildilfe
  3. Newcomer of the Year
    Warren Rieger - Benghoil Private Reserve
  4. Young Wildlife Rancher of the year
    Emmanuel Nel - Kwandwe Signature Wildife
  5. Wildlife Rancher of the Year (overall winner)
    Andrew Parsons, Werner Nortje and John Ayliff - Outpost Game Breeders