PHASA is affiliated, either through membership or otherwise, to the following hunting and conservation organisations:
• AGRED (African Gamebird Research Education and Development Trust)
• BWMA (Botswana Wildlife Management Association)
• Conservation Force
• DSC (Dallas Safari Club)
• ECGMA (Eastern Cape Game Management Association)
• Houston Safari Club
• IPHA (International Professional Hunters’ Association)
• NAPHA (Namibia Professional Hunting Association)
• PHAZ (Professional Hunters Association of Zambia)
• SAGA (South African Gunowners’ Association)
• SAWC (Southern African Wildlife College)
• SCI (Safari Club International)
• SSHA (Sub-Saharan Houndsmen Association)
• TASA (Taxidermy Association of South Africa)
• WSF (Wild Sheep Foundation)
• WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature)
• ZPHGA (Zimbabwe Professional Hunters & Guides Association).
PHASA is a member of SATSA (the Southern African Tourism Services Association) and TBCSA (the Tourism Business Council of SA). Through TBCSA, we meet with other tourism-based organisations and government at the highest level, at least three times a year, to discuss tourism-related issues.
PHASA serves on the following forums:
• AWCF (the African Wildlife Consultative Forum) is a forum where government officials and representatives from professional hunting associations from various African countries discuss common wildlife conservation, management and policy issues
• The Hunters Forum, comprised of hunting associations accredited in terms of the Firearms Control Act, serves as a caucus to identify and discuss issues to be taken to the Hunters/SAPS Consultative Forum, where the associations meet with representatives from the Central Firearms Registry of the SAPS. All firearms-related issues are discussed and addressed at this forum. These forums meet four times per year.
• HAWASA Forum (Hunting and Wildlife Associations of SA) is comprised of representatives of various sectors in the wildlife industry, including wildlife ranching, local hunting and professional hunting sectors. It serves as a caucus to prepare for the Wildlife Forum.
• The Wildlife Forum is hosted by the Department of Environmental Affairs and is comprised of representatives from the wildlife industry, provincial nature conservation authorities and the national Department of Environmental Affairs. It has no decision-making powers, but proposals made at the forum are taken to government’s Working Group 1 for implementation. Various draft sets of provincial and national legislation have passed through this forum in recent years.
• The IPPHC (Interprovincial Professional Hunters Committee) meets four times a year. PHASA, the directors of the professional hunting schools, and representatives from provincial nature conservation authorities and the national department meet at this committee to discuss issues regarding professional hunter training and the hunting industry, in general.
• PHASA is a member of OPHASA, the Outfitters and Professional Hunter Associations of Southern Africa, a forum hosted by SCI and comprised of members of the various hunting associations from East and Southern Africa. The forum meets at least twice a year to discuss matters of common concern. Once a year, at the annual SCI Convention, we also have a formal meeting with a significant number of International Guides and Outfitters Associations.
• PHASA is a member of the SABS SA National Standard Forum on Responsible Tourism and the Limpopo Tourism Forum.
• PHASA serves on provincial nature conservation and wildlife forums in KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Western Cape and Northern Cape.
• PHASA is a member of the Western Cape Wildlife Forum, which investigates human-wildlife conflict and predator management on farms. PHASA also serves on the Damage Control Animal Forum.