29 January 2021 HUNTING INDUSTRY KEY TO ECONOMIC GROWTH AND TRANSFORMATION CYRIL RAMAPHOSA In November 2020 the activist group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) released what it claimed was an expose detailing the involvement of Phala Phala Wildlife in the trophy hunting industry. By virtue of my ownership of Phala Phala Wildlife, PETA sought to generate negative publicity for and cause embarrassment to the office of the President and to the country. A number of unsubstantiated allegations were made against Phala Phala and me personally. PETA subsequently attempted to garner greater international coverage for its alleged expose in [...]
Non-US citizens, who visited South Africa, Brazil, the UK, and or Ireland, and or any of the 26 European countries (that allow travel across open borders), are not allowed into the US with effect from 30 January. Travel from South Africa into the USA is ONLY allowed for returning US citizens. Should this change, members will be notified. US citizens must present a negative COVID-19 test certificate obtained no longer than 72 hours before departure and observe a possible self-isolation period upon entering their country. According to reports, the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) wouldn’t consider granting temporary [...]
COVID-19 UPDATE ~Issued by the Tourism Business Council of SA It is with great sadness that we mourn the loss of the many lives affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, in our industry and beyond. This pandemic has been the cause of many challenges and calamities that continue to taunt our industry as we face restrictions, once again. The year 2020 was a challenging year for us as an industry and the situation continues to be critical, well into 2021. With this in mind, the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) would like to encourage all members to continue to follow [...]
View PHASA's submission to the High Level Panel here The human rights of the local communities living adjacent protected areas and the rights of landholders who facilitate wildlife conservation and benefit the wildlife economy through creating wealth from wildlife must be fully recognized and protected......
MESSAGE FROM CEO OF TBCSA Mr Tshifhiwa Tshivhenga The President of the Republic, Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the country will be moving to Alert Level 1, international travel will resume for both business and leisure purposes and the country’s boarders will reopen gradually and cautiously, effective 1 October 2020. This is a great triumph for our industry and is a testament of the work that has been done for the past months and achievements in collaboration with the public and private sector. Now the real hard work begins. Although this move by the government comes with a vote of confidence in [...]
Dear Sir Article by Elize Tempelhoff – Beeld – My Wêreld, 17 Sept 2020 “Creecy sê ja vir trofeejag” Disappointment is an understatement after reading the widely shared article in the Beeld – My Wêreld section, on 17 Sept by Elize Tempelhoff titled “Creecy sê ja vir trofeejag”. In particular, we are disappointed following an earlier set of correspondence with your Deon van Dyk in June of this year, where we’d questioned the editorial position of Beeld regarding the hunting and wildlife sector, also catalysed by articles you published by Elize Tempelhoff. In this exchange you took great pains to say [...]
~Courtesy of NHSA 1. The State Attorney has informed SA Hunters that the Minister of Police wants to have the interim order in the 2009 SA Hunters court case, set aside. 2. The 2009 interim court order in the SA Hunters court case ordered that all green licences would remain valid until the main court case had been heard. The main court case has over the past 11 years not been heard. That is the reason why the State Attorney has by order of the Minister of Police written the letter to SA Hunters on this matter. 3. SA Hunters have [...]
Statement by Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane – Tourism related activities under COVID-19 Risk Adjusted Level 3 and response measures 30 July 2020 Since the country entered level 3 of the Risk-Adjusted Strategy, the tourism sector also began its march towards full operation. The reality of the COVID-19 pandemic and the fluctuating risk of the virus spread has dictated that we pace ourselves in our efforts to reopen the sector. However, we believe that so far, one step at a time, we are walking in the right direction. The impact of the pandemic has been devastating for the sector. Many businesses are at [...]