SCI African Chapter Dies

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After a prolonged death-struggle the Special Meeting of Members, duly called as per the constitution of the African Chapter resolved unanimously to voluntarily relinquish the Chapter status with SCI and to wind up the Chapter. Causes for the demise were a lack of interest to participate in Chapter affairs by the members resident in Africa and a pronounced reluctance of SCI to make use of the considerable knowledge and the vast local connections of the Executive Committee members of the Chapter at all levels with politicians, nature conservation authorities and NGOs in Africa. The Chapter president Gerhard Damm and the Chapter Executive committee submitted their resignations with the undertaking to bring the Chapter affairs to an orderly close.

The SCI African Chapter posted some notable achievements during the past years: The international Millennium Raffle for a $100,000 elephant safari with Johan Calitz in Botswana including a personalized Searcy Double Rifle, the publishing and distribution of 5200 books “The Conservation Game – Saving Africa’s Biodiversity” and the “Sustainable Use Poster” to secondary and tertiary institutes of learning and several wildlife colleges, the first combined workshop of hunting associations and conservation NGOs in South Africa and last not least a R100,000 donation to the Southern African Wildlife College.

Source: African Indaba – an electronic newsletter as a public service for hunter-conservationists and all people who are interested in the conservation, management and the sustainable use of Africa’s wild natural resources. African Indaba is published six times a year and distributed free-of-charge via e-messaging service. You can subscribe to the full newsletter by sending an email with your full address to