The South African Predator Association Accreditation Process
1. The Assessment Committee
The Assessment Committee is a standing committee mandated and appointed by SAPA’s Executive Council. It makes recommendations for approval by the SAPA Executive Council.
The Assessment Committee consists of:
- one member of the Executive Council as chair and facilitator;
- two consultants with an thorough knowledge of the wildlife industry appointed by the Executive Council; and
- An experienced professional hunter appointed by PHASA.
The functions of the Assessment Committee are:
- to consider the applicant’s application and operator assessment and to decide if a formal assessment by the Assessment Committee is warranted;
- to execute a thorough on-site assessment of the applicant’s lion keeping and hunting facilities and his practices based on the assessment protocol set out in the assessment score card (Appendix B);
- to convey its findings to the applicant and to provide explanations where necessary; and
- to make recommendations to the SAPA Executive Council regarding the accreditation of the applicant’s lion hunting destination.
- An applicant must be a SAPA member and the owner of the land where the legal lion hunting facility is situated or a hunting outfitter hiring the legal lion hunting facility from the landowner,
- The lion hunting facilities owned by the applicant or where the outfitter is hiring and will be hunting, as well as the hunting procedures will be assessed.
- An application for accreditation must be submitted, in writing, to the Chairperson of the Assessment Committee.
- The Assessment Committee will acknowledge receipt of the application and provide the score card for evaluation by the operator (Appendix A), together with the policy document Norms and standards for hunting captive-bred lions in SA and SAPA’s Code of Conduct to the applicant.
- The applicant will assesses his/her lion hunting facility on the score card and submits the operator assessment to the Assessment Committee.
The objective of the operator assessment is threefold:
- to enable the applicant to understand all the assessment criteria;
- to gain experience in the application of the criteria to his own situation;
- to ensure full understanding of all the relevant evidence and documentation required for the formal assessment; and
- to enable the applicant to do pro active preparation for the accreditation inspection.
- If the applicant’s operator assessment scores below 75% no formal assessment will be done. The Assessment Committee advises the applicant on areas for improvement. A second application may be submitted after the improvements have been made.
- If the applicant scores 75% or more:
- the Assessment Committee will notify the applicant that a formal assessment will be done;
- an assessment date is determined by mutual agreement between the Chairperson of the Assessment Committee and the applicant;
- an assessment fee, to be determined by the Assessment Committee, will be charged prior to the assessment to cover travel and consulting costs;
- the applicant will need to provide the members of the Assessment Committee with accommodation; and
- the applicant must provide the members of the Assessment Committee with all information and documentation they may require.
- The Assessment Committee will visit the applicant’s lion hunting facility and execute the assessment by inspecting and scoring the various criteria on the score card (Appendix B), with the applicant providing explanations when and where necessary.
- At least one member of the Assessment Committee accompanying the operator on an official lion hunt is an integral part of the assessment process.
- The Assessment Committee will deliberate on the detailed findings of the assessment in a spirit of transparency and fairness to reach a final unanimous conclusion.
- A minimum score of 85% is needed for an approval for accreditation.
- The Assessment Committee will report the outcome of the assessment to the SAPA Executive Council. In the case of an approval, they will recommend that a certificate of accreditation, valid for 5 years, but subject to annual revision, is awarded to the applicant’s lion hunting destination.
- If the application is not approved, the applicant may re-apply for assessment after six months.
- The decision of the Executive Council will be conveyed to the applicant, in writing, by the Chairperson of the Assessment Committee.
- The decision of the Executive Council is final.
- The applicant may appeal the decision in a formal letter of appeal addressed to the Chairperson of the Assessment Committee stating the reason for the appeal.
- Once an official appeal has been lodged, it will be referred to the Executive Council for further investigation and processing.
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