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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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2017 Studietoerverslag Niel Viljoen

Predasiespesialis, Niel Viljoen is van mening dat SA veeboere hul ewekniee in die VSA ver voor is wat die kennis en gedragspatrone van predatore aanbetref.  Viljoen het September 2017 ‘n studietoer na Amerika onderneem om sy persoonlike kennis en passie vir predatore en spesifiek predasiebestuur te verbreed.  Hier kon hy sy waarnemings vergelyk met plaaslike omstandighede. 

Volgens Viljoen is die VSA, ‘n eerstewêreldse land wat baie geld aan die nuutste tegnologie en navorsing spandeer, vele navorsingstasies het en ‘n sterk Staatsbetrokkenheid het, se veeboere steeds soekend na daardie een enkele blitsoplossing of “silver bullet”, wat nog nie bestaan nie. 

Die enigste plek waar SA dalk iets kan leer by die VSA is die tipe toerusting soos vangysters en vanghokke wat oor jare ontwikkel is vir die vang van predatore.

Die gebrek aan kennis van predatore onder boere in die VSA was opmerklik en kan die afleiding gemaak word dat die staat se betrokkenheid die bestuur van die probleem uit die hand van die boer neem .  Baie van die boere en veral die jonger geslag sien dit as die staat se verantwoordelikheid om predasiekwessies op te los.

Opleiding onder boere en veral nuwe toetreders in die kennis en gedragspatrone van predatore is essensieel in die bekamping van predasie.  In Suid Afrika is die onderskeie bedrywe wat ‘n belang by veeboerdery het, self betrokke by opleiding teenoor kontrakteurs buite die bedryf wat opleiding behartig in die VSA.  Viljoen se beskeie mening is dat die gaping van kennis tussen veeboer en predatoor geweldig vergroot met katastrofiese gevolge vir Amerika.

Predatore moet gesien en bestuur word as ‘n boerderyvertakking en moet dieselfde kundigheidsvlakke en kennis van 'n rooijakkals en rooikat as Hereford, Angus, Dorper, Merino, Angora bok en Swart Wildebees wees.  Ongelukkig gaan predatore nooit op veeplase verdwyn nie.  Bestuur hierdie vertakking van jou boerdery met dieselfde kennis, tyd en deernis as die res van boerderyvertakkings, sê Viljoen.

Vir volledige verslag, klik hier.

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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

 

 

October 2017

Predation Specialist Niel Viljoen tells of his adventures during a study tour to the US recently, activities that was monitored by the Predation Management Information Centre (PMiC) during October ; Predation Management Manual teaches how to apply integrated predation management and a systems-thinking analysis of predator conflict management on selected SA farms by Tim Snow.  Read here

A systems-thinking analysis of predator conflict management on selected SA farms

Tim Snow, consultant in the fields of wildlife poisoning prevention and conflict management, as well as in all forms of wildlife management released a study on “A Systems-Thinking Based Evaluation of Predator Conflict Management on Selected South African Farms”.  Who is Tim Snow?

Through evaluation of predator conflict management methods from a systems thinking perspective, and by probing learning processes, the shortcomings or failure of inappropriate management responses to conflict situations were shown to exacerbate conflicts. Contrarily, it was illustrated that application of systems thinking and a process of addressing the root cause of conflict issues in predator conflict management, was a longer term solution. The study illustrated that application of long term proactive prevention and conflict avoidance principles, can offer long term solutions for predator conflict managers.  Read the full study.

 

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