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NAPHA Newsletter, 20 October 2017
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In this edition

22 SEPTEMBER 2017

1. Wildlife Bill 
2. MET - 2017 Annual Return Form
3. Animals in road reserves
4. NAPHA Sponsors
5. Annual General Meeting 2017
6. Resignation of Exco Member
7. FNB Tourism Business Index
8. Classifieds

New Wildlife Bill Comments & Feedback

 

Various members addressed concerns regarding rumors circulating regarding the Wildlife Bill drafts.
The following is extracted from a notification to CANAM (Conservancy Association of Namibia) members:

'It is sad to read/hear what people are saying, the way issues are being addressed in public.
Quote: “…apparently parliament is in the process of discussing the possibility of tabling a bill to outlaw the hunting of Jackals?...No, not parliament, MET issued a Draft Bill for Protected Areas and Wildlife Management; 
Also sad to read on social media the allegations against NAPHA and CANAM re. the Wildlife Bill to be allegedly “orchestrated” and having “their own agenda”…
A slap in the face of all who spend so much time and effort to create a “future for All, also our children”, considering Namibia
1.      as our country to function, produce and survive;
2.      in a global context, as we cannot live and survive as an island by implementing only the views of a selected few Namibians.  
 
Please note the following facts:
  • The Draft Bill for Protected Areas and Wildlife Management (a document of 166 pages) has been sent to many stakeholders, inclusive of NAPHA and NAU, for perusal and comments/recommendations thereof;
  • On 11/09/2017 CANAM sent an e-mail to all members, quote: “Attached the part on Commercial Conservancies - now “Conservation Management Areas” - for your perusal. We have additionally submitted another point re. the issuing of permits by the committees, but don’t know if this will be added.” (No response received to date.)
  • Napha News Letter Friday 08/09/2017: “NAPHA Exco attended a meeting coordinated by MET, inviting many stakeholders for comments on the Bill. The Bill will now be discussed in various parts of Namibia in the coming month and NAPHA will again have a final opportunity in October to present final comments and changes, after which the Bill will be presented to Parliament”;
  • A group of dedicated people from NAPHA and the NAU invested tremendous time and effort to go through this Bill and word their comments/recommendations – in the interest of the Industry.
  • A Wildlife Bill Workshop exclusive to NAPHA Members (including 2 delegates from CANAM) and a handful of invited stakeholders has been arranged to take place on Thursday, 28 September 2017. 
  • The invitation included the Draft Bill for All to read and prepare themselves for the workshop.
This workshop was attended by numerous NAPHA (some also being CANAM) members who addressed all concerns.
  • Consolidated NCE & Wildlife Products Steering Committee Members comments on the Protected Areas & Wildlife Management Bill were sent to stakeholders (by Dr Pauline Lindeque) for perusal and further comments;
  • MET published dates of “public meetings” for anybody interested to attend.
The “revised” draft document with recommendations and comments from all these stakeholders was sent back to MET.
 
Therefore please note that:
  • It is highly commendable from MET to play “open cards” and get stake holders involved in a Draft Bill;
  • The Final “Bill” will still need time before being presented to Parliament – hopefully with further involvement and cooperation of all stake holders;
  • All “issues” have been addressed and proposed changes have been forwarded to MET;
  • Anybody that is not informed on happenings and facts as stated above:
You are very welcome to ask questions and get information, but please refrain from distributing unsustainable allegations via social media or ‘word-by-mouth’ before having acquired the facts – and that refers to any matter.
 
Everybody had the chance to get involved and deliver input in this Draft of the “Wildlife Bill” – positively and constructively – this being unique and something many other countries do not allow for.

MET - 2017 Annual Return Form

MET provided NAPHA Office with an updated Annual Return Form. Please download it in the link below.

All Annual Returns  are due on 30 November 2017.
Late submissions will carry a fine of N$2,400.00.

Download the Annual Return Form.

Animals in Road Reserves

During a Joint Crime Prevention Forum the matter of Animals in Road Reserves was again discussed at length. We urge members to report animals alongside the road endangering road users. Namibian Legislation clearly states that this is a punishable offence.
In an effort to decrease road accidents, Kosmos Radio is offering assistance where incidents can be reported and the owners of such animals will be contacted publicly.
Kosmos can be contacted at 0817655636 - please provide the following details:
  • Ear Tag / Namlit Number
  • Exact location
  • Picture of the animal(s)
Please assist in increasing road safety when traveling through our beautiful country.

NAPHA Sponsors

As a voluntary, Non Profit Association, NAPHA is always delighted to receive support from likeminded sponsors. We are happy to announce:

Dallas Safari Club Foundation donated generously towards our Namibia Leopard Census. This has earned DSC an upgrade to become our very first Corporate Habitat Sponsor. Congratulation to DSC -  we are grateful for your ongoing support.

A local sponsor has stepped forward also expressing an interest in supporting NAPHA and its endeavors. We welcome Desert Air and Profile Safaris as our latest Corporate Elephant Sponsors. A warm thank you from the team.

Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2017

 

Reminder: NAPHA AGM - 28 November 2017.
Please register here.

A variety of interesting items could already be secured for the gala auction taking place immediately after our AGM. Please consider supporting us with further donations for the AGM or auction.

Please nominate your employees as Camp Attendant and Hunting Assistant of the year. Lovely prizes await the winners (including cash prizes, Leatherman tools, First Aid Kits, hampers, T-shirts, etc.).

Resignation of Exco Member

Executive Committee member, Mr Antonie Esterhuizen, tendered his resignation as Exco member due to personal and professional commitments and time restraints.
We warmly thank him for his time, knowledge, expertise and input during his tenure.

Due to constitutional rotation of Exco Members, three seats on the Executive Committee will become vacant. We therefore appeal to our members to submit nominations to the office for the upcoming election during the AGM.

FNB Tourism Business Index

Subsmissions due 31 October 2017

FNB is requesting support for its Tourism Business Index, covering the previous and the following 3 months. The results are published regularly and reflect the latest tourism statistics and trends. The process is quick and easy. Click the link below to be directed to the website. Please note that the submission deadline is 31 October.

Complete the Tourism Business Index.

Bayerischer Gebirgsschweißhund (Bavarian Mountain Hound) puppies will be ready for new homes within the next 3 weeks.

For more details, please contact Silke at
081 127 3040.

Namibia Professional Hunting Association
(NAPHA)

 
PO Box: 11291
Windhoek
Namibia

Tel: +264 (0) 61 234455
WhatsApp:  +264 (0) 81 424 9922

Danene van der Westhuyzen, President, president@napha.com.na
Tanja Dahl, Chief Executive Officer, ceo@napha.com.na
Nicole Schwandt, Executive Assistant, napha@napha.com.na
Delin Rooinasie, Secretary, info@napha.com.na
Nikita Greyling, Administrative Assistant, office@napha.com.na
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