Activities of our organization are vast and include engaging in conservation, rehabilitation or protection of the natural environment, including flora, fauna or the biosphere, spreading into some of the following:
1. Funding of research projects, including the Cheetah Wildlife Research Project; Cape Mountain Zebra research project;
2. Annual grants to Conservation Force, an international organization with main objectives being wildlife conservation, education and research;
3. Donations in respect of anti-poaching projects towards EWT; Wildlands Conservation Trust and SANPARKS;
4. Donations to SA Wildlife College for training in conservation management courses of students from previously disadvantaged communities. More than 700 students have been trained over the past 5 years.
5. Conservation related material for educational purposes to Magqubu Ntombela Foundation;
6. Professional hunter training courses for students from previously disadvantaged communities.
7. Extraordinary Initiative Donations
- Cape of Good Hope SPCA for help with wildlife after the devastating fires in 2015
- “Boere in Nood” Drought relieve project
8. The Rhino Plight Conservation Imperative DVD
9. Partners for Possibility – JJ de Jongh Scool
10. CITES 2016 attendance.
11. Hunters Care – promoting the positive impact that the Professional Hunting Industry have on Conservation , job creation, food security and social responsibility in our community.
The Professional Hunters’ Association of South Africa (PHASA) has launched a new humanitarian initiative aimed at consolidating the existing social responsibility initiatives of all the members of PHASA under a single umbrella with a view to providing a fuller understanding and account of the professional hunting industry’s contribution to community development, food security and rural education. Access this link to the Hunters Care Website.
PHASA’s Conservation and Empowerment Fund recently donated R10,000 towards drought relief. Here PHASA executive member Strauss Jordaan hands over the cheque to Carina of the NGO, “Boere in Nood” (Farmers in Need) in Bloemfontein.
Partners for Possibility – JJ de Jongh Scool
Partners for Possibility is a creative solution to South Africa' education crisis - it is a co-action, co-learning partnership between School Principals and Business Leaders, enabling social cohesion through partnerships, and empowering Principals to become change leaders in their schools and communities. The Partners for Possibility Programme facilitates cross-sectoral reciprocal partnerships between Business, Government and the Social Sector.
PHASA JOINS CRUSADE TO SECURE SA’S THREATENED RHINOS
In joining the crusade to try and help secure South Africa’s rhino populations against poachers, the Professional Hunters Association of South Africa (PHASA), this month donated R160 000 to the Wildlands Conservation Trust to support current efforts towards alleviating the tremendous pressure that poaching is placing on this iconic species.
This donation was made in direct response to the call made at the recent Lead SA Rhino Summit for environmental groups to work together to conserve rhino. “With close on 200 rhinos having been poached in national parks and game reserves this year alone - the highest level seen in the country in 15 years – PHASA’s donation to Wildlands will go directly towards the conservation of black and white rhino in the Somkhanda Game Reserve and in expanding rhino habitat throughout northern KwaZulu Natal,” said Adri Kitshoff, Chief Executive Officer of PHASA.
Created by the Gumbi community after a successful land claim in 2005, the reserve comprises 16,000ha of land which was consolidated into a new conservation area with assistance from the Wildlands Conservation Trust and the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF-SA). This area represents one of the last remaining areas suitable for Black Rhino range expansion in KwaZulu-Natal. In acknowledgement of this, WWF-SA together with Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, introduced a small black rhino population into the reserve. The population is doing extremely well, with proof of two new calves being picked up this month through motion detection cameras.
The area being supported has been incorporated under the biodiversity stewardship program and will be proclaimed as a Nature Reserve later this year. This will be the first reserve to be proclaimed on restituted land and represents a major achievement in ‘conservation by the people’. Wildlands currently employs a dedicated rhino conservation team who not only monitor the rhino population inside the reserve, but who also serve as ambassadors for the rhino population in the neighbouring communities.