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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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Constitution PMSA

STATEMENT OF INTENT

Predation Management South Africa (PMSA) is a multi-sectoral platform for liaison and coordination of activities of commodity organizations in the livestock and wildlife ranching sectors, aimed at addressing the problem of predation by reducing or minimizing losses incurred by predation by means of ecologically and ethically acceptable methods to protect the biodiversity of South Africa.

 

OBJECTIVES OF THE FORUM

  • To promote, coordinate, supervise and secure the interests of its affiliated members.
  • To participate in the relevant law-making processes that affect the livestock farming and wildlife ranching sectors.
  • To raise funds by entrance fees and / or special subscriptions and by donations, grants or any form of voluntary contributions to secure the objectives of the Forum, which shall include the right to recover monies due to the Forum.
  • To foster or stimulate the proficiency of primary production of fibre, red meat and wildlife ranching through the promotion of sound predation management practices for the livestock and wildlife industries.
  • To foster and promote liaison between the role-players in the livestock and wildlife ranching industries as well as consumers, members of affiliated members of the Forum as well as between regulatory members.
  • To encourage a code of conduct of members of the affiliated members of the Forum such as to command the confidence and respect of the public in general.
  • To do such other lawful things that may be required in the interests of the affiliated members of the Forum.
  • To approve the financing of business plans of service providers submitted to the Executive Committee

 

Click here for PMSA CONSTITUTION

 

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PREDATION FORUM IS NOW A LEGAL ENTITY

One of the outcomes of the Predation Workshop held in February 2019 in Port Elizabeth was the establishment of a new structure within the predation management forum.  The Secretariat was informed by the Department of Social Development that the organization was officially registered as a non profit organization in the name of Predation Management South Africa (PMSA).  Awaiting the registration of SARS Exemption from Income Tax, which is the next process in the system.

Affiliated members are those organisations who represent the interests of a directly affected group in the livestock industries and ranching industry and comprise of the woolgrowers, red meat producers, mohair growers and wild life ranching.  Operational expenses for the forum will be made good by membership fees of the industries.

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