[Washington, D.C./Pretoria] Safari Club International (SCI) and the Professional Hunter’s Association of South Africa (PHASA) are pleased to announce a landmark collaborative agreement between the organizations.

The objectives of the collaboration between SCI and PHASA include:

  • Growing membership bases.
  • Improving communication to policymakers and members alike.
  • Combining marketing and education strategies.
  • Supporting legislation that is beneficial to their members’ legal activities.

With an aligned vision on these goals, this partnership sets the stage for enhanced cooperation on several mutual interest areas, such as promoting responsible hunting standards, conservation efforts, education, and African community development. As “Preferred Conservation Partners,” both organizations have agreed to share expertise, technology, and facilities, and hold annual meetings to guide these mutual objectives. 

SCI has also committed to maintaining an office in Pretoria, South Africa, with dedicated staff to liaise between SCI, PHASA, and other relevant parties.

“We are thrilled about this monumental partnership with PHASA and the new conservation headquarters we will have in Johannesburg,” said W. Laird Hamberlin, CEO of Safari Club International. “PHASA, which has been widely recognized as ‘the voice for the South African professional hunting industry,’ will be a tremendous asset to SCI’s conservation efforts and the ongoing fight against threats to hunting not only in Africa but also around the world.”

“This collaboration agreement with SCI embodies our commitment to defending hunting and the critical role it plays in conservation in South Africa,” said Tonie Du Bruyn, President of the Professional Hunter’s Association of South Africa. “We are immensely grateful for the opportunity to partner with SCI, which has established itself as a tireless leader in the professional hunting industry. Our members and I look forward to our long-term partnership, which will raise the bar for hunter advocacy and conservation.”

About Safari Club International:

For over 50 years, Safari Club International (SCI) has been the leader in defending the freedom to hunt and promoting wildlife conservation worldwide. SCI is the only hunting rights organization with a Washington, D.C.-based national and international advocacy team and an all-species focus. SCI mobilizes nearly 150 chapters and affiliate networks representing millions of hunters around the world. In addition, SCI’s Annual Hunters’ Convention is the world’s ultimate sportsmen’s market that celebrates the freedom to hunt with the world’s premier outfitters, hunting celebrities, and more. No matter what, where, or how you hunt, SCI defends your freedom to do it as we stand First for Hunters.

About Professional Hunter’s Association of South Africa:

PHASA, established in 1978, is the largest association of its kind, serving the professional hunting industry in South Africa. It interacts with government bodies, international associations, and other stakeholders, acting as the voice for the South African professional hunting industry.

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