February 2018

February newsletter comprise of snippet of news relating to Niel Viljoen's study tour to America and his observation that South African livestock farmers are one step ahead of America regarding predator control; March 2018 will see the start of the second year of the functioning of the Predation Management Information Centre (PMiC) and progress on DCA Norms and Standards.  Read here

Januarie 2018

January newsletter comprise of a notice that the Scientific Assessment is now in its final stages, PMF to join forces with baboon damage interest group, "Roofdiere en boere, ken jy vyand", a second part of an article by Dr. Gerhard Verdoorn that highlights the importance of spoor identification by predators.  Read here.

Januarie 2018

January newsletter comprise of a notice that the Scientific Assessment is now in its final stages, PMF to join forces with baboon damage interest group, "Roofdiere en boere, ken jy vyand", a second part of an article by Dr. Gerhard Verdoorn that highlights the importance of spoor identification by predators.  Read here

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Predation Management Training

The Predation Management Forum (PMF) has taken the initiative to develop a framework of minimum standards in training of livestock producers and farm workers on principles of ethical- and best practices in predation management. This is implemented within the framework provided by the Sector Education and Training Authority for Agriculture (AgriSETA).  The National Wool Growers’ Association of SA (NWGA), as member of the PMF, is an accredited service provider with AgriSETA and a qualified predation management specialist providing training to producers within this framework under NWGA accreditation, who subsequently oversees quality standards of training.

Predation courses presented within this framework were developed by specialists and a consultant was contracted by NWGA to assist with the development of training materials that comply with AgriSETA requirements. Minimum standards/requirements set for training are contained in the appropriate Unit Standards that can be obtained from the website of the SA Qualifications Authority (SAQA).  The course content developed by NWGA and used for training is however, more comprehensive than required by these set standards.

The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has developed draft Norms and Standards for the management of damage-causing animals in South Africa, which will come into effect shortly. The draft norms and standards propose that a person who applies or uses certain methods in respect of damage-causing animals(generally those methods that are regulated by means of a permit), must be adequately trained. The issuing of permits for eg. hunting at night, are to be linked to required competency levels acquired through training.

DEA is in the process of collaborating with provincial conservation authorities and industry representatives to agree on the level of competency required (which is more comprehensive than SAQA approved standards) in order for permits to be issued. Subsequently, provincial conservation authorities will approve the trainers who are to provide training to professionals who will require a permit to provide their services at a fee. The Eastern Cape was the first province to adopt and implement this new approach in practice, which is most probably going to be rolled out nationally. Skilled and experienced predation specialists may however, qualify for recognition of their knowledge through a process referred to as “recognition of prior learning (RPL)” and the full training course will not necessarily be required to qualify for the issuing of a permit.

Accreditation with a SETA in order to provide training in respect of the management of damage-causing animals is currently not a legal requirement; therefore any person who wishes to provide the training, but is not accredited with a SETA, will not be excluded from being recognised by government as a training provider. However, such a person will be required to present his or her course/s at the same standard.

Any enquiries and comments may be directed to the PMF secretariat at 041 365 5030 (t), 041 365 5035 (f), www.pmfsa.co.za, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Predation Management Training

The Predation Management Forum (PMF) has taken the initiative to develop a framework of minimum standards in training of livestock producers and farm workers on principles of ethical- and best practices in predation management. This is implemented within the framework provided by the Sector Education and Training Authority for Agriculture (AgriSETA).  The National Wool Growers’ Association of SA (NWGA), as member of the PMF, is an accredited service provider with AgriSETA and a qualified predation management specialist providing training to producers within this framework under NWGA accreditation, who subsequently oversees quality standards of training.

Predation courses presented within this framework were developed by specialists and a consultant was contracted by NWGA to assist with the development of training materials that comply with AgriSETA requirements. Minimum standards/requirements set for training are contained in the appropriate Unit Standards that can be obtained from the website of the SA Qualifications Authority (SAQA).  The course content developed by NWGA and used for training is however, more comprehensive than required by these set standards.

The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has developed draft Norms and Standards for the management of damage-causing animals in South Africa, which will come into effect shortly. The draft norms and standards propose that a person who applies or uses certain methods in respect of damage-causing animals(generally those methods that are regulated by means of a permit), must be adequately trained. The issuing of permits for eg. hunting at night, are to be linked to required competency levels acquired through training.

DEA is in the process of collaborating with provincial conservation authorities and industry representatives to agree on the level of competency required (which is more comprehensive than SAQA approved standards) in order for permits to be issued. Subsequently, provincial conservation authorities will approve the trainers who are to provide training to professionals who will require a permit to provide their services at a fee. The Eastern Cape was the first province to adopt and implement this new approach in practice, which is most probably going to be rolled out nationally. Skilled and experienced predation specialists may however, qualify for recognition of their knowledge through a process referred to as “recognition of prior learning (RPL)” and the full training course will not necessarily be required to qualify for the issuing of a permit.

Accreditation with a SETA in order to provide training in respect of the management of damage-causing animals is currently not a legal requirement; therefore any person who wishes to provide the training, but is not accredited with a SETA, will not be excluded from being recognised by government as a training provider. However, such a person will be required to present his or her course/s at the same standard.

Any enquiries and comments may be directed to the PMF secretariat at 041 365 5030 (t), 041 365 5035 (f), www.pmfsa.co.za, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Predation Management Training

The Predation Management Forum (PMF) has taken the initiative to develop a framework of minimum standards in training of livestock producers and farm workers on principles of ethical- and best practices in predation management. This is implemented within the framework provided by the Sector Education and Training Authority for Agriculture (AgriSETA).  The National Wool Growers’ Association of SA (NWGA), as member of the PMF, is an accredited service provider with AgriSETA and a qualified predation management specialist providing training to producers within this framework under NWGA accreditation, who subsequently oversees quality standards of training.

Predation courses presented within this framework were developed by specialists and a consultant was contracted by NWGA to assist with the development of training materials that comply with AgriSETA requirements. Minimum standards/requirements set for training are contained in the appropriate Unit Standards that can be obtained from the website of the SA Qualifications Authority (SAQA).  The course content developed by NWGA and used for training is however, more comprehensive than required by these set standards.

The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has developed draft Norms and Standards for the management of damage-causing animals in South Africa, which will come into effect shortly. The draft norms and standards propose that a person who applies or uses certain methods in respect of damage-causing animals(generally those methods that are regulated by means of a permit), must be adequately trained. The issuing of permits for eg. hunting at night, are to be linked to required competency levels acquired through training.

DEA is in the process of collaborating with provincial conservation authorities and industry representatives to agree on the level of competency required (which is more comprehensive than SAQA approved standards) in order for permits to be issued. Subsequently, provincial conservation authorities will approve the trainers who are to provide training to professionals who will require a permit to provide their services at a fee. The Eastern Cape was the first province to adopt and implement this new approach in practice, which is most probably going to be rolled out nationally. Skilled and experienced predation specialists may however, qualify for recognition of their knowledge through a process referred to as “recognition of prior learning (RPL)” and the full training course will not necessarily be required to qualify for the issuing of a permit.

Accreditation with a SETA in order to provide training in respect of the management of damage-causing animals is currently not a legal requirement; therefore any person who wishes to provide the training, but is not accredited with a SETA, will not be excluded from being recognised by government as a training provider. However, such a person will be required to present his or her course/s at the same standard.

Any enquiries and comments may be directed to the PMF secretariat at 041 365 5030 (t), 041 365 5035 (f), www.pmfsa.co.za, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Illegal hunting with dogs

GUIDELINES:  ILLEGAL DOG HUNTING

Agri SA’s Rural Safety Committee recently spent considerable time discussing the problem of illegal hunting with dogs.  Although this is a growing problem, land owners should take extreme care in their actions that could make them liable for prosecution:

The following practical guidelines were compiled:

  • Gathering of evidence and protecting the crime scene by:
  • Keeping evidence of the crime scene uncontaminated until recorded and collected by police, e.g. vehicle tracks, suspect and animal spoor.
  • Ensuring that there are no further suspects in the area.
  • Protecting evidence that may be destroyed.
  • Entry point, open gate, damage fence.
  • No eating, drinking or smoking at the crime scene.
  • Gathering names and addresses of possible witnesses.
  • Not discussing facts with witnesses.
  • Making notes on position of vehicles, suspects, dogs, gates, fences etc.
  • Where possible, take photographs of vehicles, dogs and suspects.
  • Nature Conservation Organisations should immediately be involved and to assist with complaints with illegal hunting.
  • Get the nearest SPCA involved who can also deal with the confiscation of dogs.
  • Farmer Associations should involve the local National Prosecuting Authority at their meetings, where assistance on how to deal with issues of illegal hunting should be discussed.
  • Get involved with the local police and Sector Community Policing Forum.
  • Utilise the Local Priority Committee to develop action plans to deal with the problem, such as patrols and increase awareness programmes.
  • In the event of damages caused by dogs, land owners must also open a case of malicious damage to property and insists on a compensatory fine declaring the value of the property.
  • If hunting was previously permitted and the land owner now wishes to cease hunting, a legal procedure should be followed to inform neighbours, tenants, community members etc that it will no longer be permitted.

Click here for the full English report.

Click here for the full Afrikaans report.

Article appeared in Farmers Weekly

Article appeared in Landbouweekblad

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November 2017

The November newsletter contains articles relating to municipalities and stray dogs ; PMiC seeks information for institutional memory ; from the news desk of PMiC, extension of period for commenting on Scientific Assessment ; scab infected jackal to be seen and the first extract from article by Dr. Gerhard Verdoorn on "Roofdiere en boere:  ken jou vyand". Read here

 

 

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