Saai is launching a Go hunting! campaign this winter to support game farmers who have been severely affected by travel restrictions during COVID-19.

Although game farms can continue to operate, the disruption of markets such as the restaurant and bar industry, as well as the informal sector, has left many producers in financial distress.

No hunters from abroad

“Hunters from abroad, who stimulate the greatest turnover on game farms through trophy hunting, will not be visiting this year. This has a damning impact on job opportunities, auctions, butcheries, guest houses, taxidermy and firearm businesses. It erased approximately R20 billion from the deep rural economy, leaving game farmers in a financial predicament,” says Dr Theo de Jager, Chairperson of Saai’s Board of Directors.

“Saai will therefore be launching the Go hunting! campaign. Although local biltong hunting will never replace what we have lost in terms of trophy hunters from abroad, it is crucial in keeping game farmers on their farms,” De Jager says.

Make memories in 2020

If you are an occasional hunter, 2020 offers the ideal opportunity to make memories, take photos and make biltong with your family somewhere in the African bush. For another family, this may mean the difference between survival and ruin.

Follow this link for travel document for hunters. – Press release, Saai