What is the situation where a qualified PH or Field Guide has applied for a competency certificate (ie. meets all the criteria, done the course, written the exams etc) but has not yet received the Competency Certificate from SAPS?
Can he lawfully, in the course of his employment, carry a rifle owned by and licensed to an operator who employs him, before he receives his competency certificate?
If the firearm is still licenced under the old act ie it is a green licence no competency is required.
If the firearm is licenced in terms of the FCA a competency certificate is required, normally SAPS makes a business licence holder sign an undertaking ito the act stating they will only issue firearms to a competent person. Nothing can be found in the Act that specifically covers this for business firearms other than security service providers. Bearing in mind the general requirements for competency it makes sense to only let a competent person use a business firearm. One should always act cautiously and conservatively when allowing a third party to use a firearm.