PHASA facts vs fiction

2018-05-09T13:13:37+02:00December 1st, 2017|

On behalf of the Professional Hunters’ Association of South Africa (PHASA) we would like to set the record straight by separating the facts from fiction. Under the previous PHASA constitution, the 2015 Resolution was fatally flawed, it could not be enforced and was inconsequential. PHASA is now in a far SUPERIOR position to apply stricter hunting regulations on ranched lions and can now legally implement disciplinary action against members who contravene the new 2017 Resolution. To clarify any misperception; PHASA vehemently rejects any and all forms of canned or illegal hunting. The PHASA Constitution was changed to facilitate higher standards of good [...]

PHASA adopts new constitution and resolution at 2017 AGM

2018-05-09T13:43:49+02:00November 24th, 2017|

At the 40th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Professional Hunters’ Association of South Africa (PHASA), a bold and brave step was taken by members within the Association to adopt a new constitution, which bring accountability and credibility to the Association.  A total of 79% of our members who voted, endorsed the introduction of the new constitution.  Under the new constitution the Executive Committee (EXCO), has the freedom to guide and govern the Association on behalf of the members, but remains accountable for their actions, in accordance with terms and good corporate governance. The driving factor that necessitated this change was [...]

Professional Hunters SA joins police to curb corruption at Or Tambo International

2018-05-09T13:46:23+02:00July 18th, 2017|

“ZERO TOLERANCE FOR CRIME AND CORRUPTION AT OR TAMBO” SAYS PROFESSIONAL HUNTERS SA SOUTH AFRICA - The Professional Hunters’ Association of South Africa (PHASA) said today that they are collaborating with national anti-corruption detectives to root out corrupt officials at the OR Tambo international airport (Johannesburg). On 13 July, five visible policing officers appeared before Kempton Park’s Magistrate Court on corruption charges, while another police officer arrested for defeating the ends of justice is facing drug charges. “OR Tambo is the first point of contact for our overseas clients and we will do everything possible to ensure that their trip to [...]

Call to legalise International Rhino horn trade

2018-05-09T13:43:34+02:00July 17th, 2017|

“NOW IS THE TIME TO LEGALISE INTERNATIONAL RHINO HORN TRADE” SAYS PROFESSIONAL HUNTERS SA SOUTH AFRICA - There is no better time than the present to reconsider putting effective measures into place to legalise, better regulate and permit the international trade in rhino horn, says the Professional Hunters’ Association of South Africa (PHASA). Currently, only domestic trade in rhino horn is legal in the country. “After careful consideration and debate, we believe legalising the international trade in rhino horn to be one of the most effective, sustainable and ethical long-term solutions to safeguard the future of rhino populations,” says Tharia Unwin, [...]

Professional Hunters Association’s response on firearm court ruling

2018-05-09T13:52:01+02:00July 5th, 2017|

“GOVERNMENT SHOULD CONSULT PRIVATE SECTOR” PROFESSIONAL HUNTERS' ASSOCIATION'S RESPONSE ON FIREARM COURT RULING The Professional Hunters Association of South Africa (PHASA) congratulates the South African Hunters and Game Conservation Association (SA Hunters) on their triumph in court today. The Gauteng High Court ruled Sections 24 and 28 of the Firearms Control Act (Act 60 of 2000) unconstitutional. “There is a valuable lesson to be learned, and that is that Government cannot and should not develop and implement legislation in isolation,” says Tharia Unwin, chief executive officer of PHASA. “The implementation of the legislation was not well thought through and therefore one-sided. [...]

Limpopo brothers not members of Professional Hunters SA

2018-05-09T13:54:26+02:00June 23rd, 2017|

IMPOPO BROTHERS NOT MEMBERS OF PROFESSIONAL HUNTERS SA The two Limpopo brothers, Dawie and Janneman Groenewald, who were arrested by Interpol for violating the US Lacey Act, amongst others, are not members of the Professional Hunters’ Association of South Africa (PHASA). “PHASA supports legal, ethical and sustainable hunting as part of responsible conservation, and condemns unethical and unsustainable illegal wildlife use. People guilty of the latter, are not hunters, but poachers,” says Tharia Unwin, chief executive officer of PHASA. ISSUED BY PROFESSIONAL HUNTERS’ ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH AFRICA MEDIA ENQUIRIES: CONTACT US

Hunting and safari sector to spearhead leopard research in SA

2018-05-09T14:01:52+02:00June 8th, 2017|

A research project aimed at addressing the lack of scientific data currently available on the status of leopards (and other selective predator species) in South Africa is being launched by the country’s private hunting and safari sector in conjunction with the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT). The project, headed up by TUT’s big predator behavior specialist, Dr Nkabeng Maruping-Mzileni, is the brainchild of the Limpopo Hunters Liaison Forum (LHLF). They are channeling it through the Professional Hunters’ Association of South Africa’s (PHASA) Conservation Research Fund (CRF), which forms part of PHASA’s Hunters Care initiative. Phillip Bronkhorst, PHASA member and chairman of [...]

On inflated media reports re Burger’s resignation

2018-05-09T13:58:02+02:00May 29th, 2017|

PROFESSIONAL HUNTERS SA ON INFLATED MEDIA REPORTS RE BURGER’S RESIGNATION The misleading, opportunistic, and inflated media reports that Stan Burger resigned as president of the Professional Hunters’ Association of South Africa (PHASA) earlier this week because he “reeled under the pressure of some captive-bred lion hunting supporters” are unfounded. “PHASA acknowledges that our members have different and strong opinions on how the association’s resolution on the hunting of captive-bred lions (CBL) should be implemented, and that this has caused conflict within the association. This is, however, not the only reason that led to Stan’s resignation on 23 May,” says newly elected [...]

“Zero quota a huge mistake” Professional Hunters SA

2018-05-09T13:59:38+02:00January 20th, 2017|

PRESS RELEASE For immediate release “ZERO QUOTA A HUGE MISTAKE” - PROFESSIONAL HUNTERS SA PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - The Professional Hunters Association of South Africa (PHASA) today said they are “profoundly disappointed” in the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) decision to extend the zero quota for the hunting of leopard to 2017. The zero quota has been in place since January 2016. “To the best of our knowledge, there is currently no reliable scientific evidence to substantiate the zero quota for the second consecutive year,” says Tharia Unwin, chief executive officer, PHASA. DEA’s statistics for 2015 show a legal offtake of [...]

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