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Celebrate International Volunteer Day with SAGA!
International Volunteer Day (IVD) on 5 December was designated by the United Nations in 1985, as an international observance day to celebrate the power and potential of volunteerism.
It is an opportunity for volunteers, and volunteer organisations, to raise awareness of, and gain understanding for, the contribution they make to their communities.
While "giving all volunteers a hand", we encourage everyone who has not yet volunteered to join in and take part!
SAGA is always looking for volunteers - from something as small as translating a media advisory, helping to design a leaflet (if you are artistic), manning a SAGA stand at an exhibition or even committing to being involved in a safety campaign. If you are keen to contribute in some way to SAGA’s objective of promoting safe and responsible firearms ownership, please tell us. Drop us an email (subject line ‘Volunteer’) and one of our team will call you to discuss where you’d like to make your contribution.
Gun Owners’ Association Weighs in on SAPS Firearm Handling
Reacting to an article (ENCA - SAPS gun proficiency under fire, November 18th), in which it was reported that an estimated 50-60% of SAPS officers would fail their annual firearm handling test, Advocate John Welch, Chairman of SAGA expressed concern, saying “Ourmen and women in blue are the lead agency in combating crime. Carrying and using firearms is an integral part of their day and we expect them to be far more competent than private gun owners as they protect themselves and the public against increasingly violent criminals.” Meanwhile, in Cape Town this week, a female police officer was shot dead and her colleague wounded in an attack while they were going about their duties. The officers’ firearms were stolen during the attack.
Welch observed “If the statistics suggested in the newspaper report are even half accurate it is an issue of great concern to SAGA and to all citizens.” He suggested that “Rather thans it on the sidelines and criticize the Police Services, who are known to be often under resourced and working in dangerous and trying circumstances, SAGA is developing a plan to use private expertise in a useful and supportive role. Our idea is one which would see private gun owners and the shooting fraternity stepping up to the opportunity at local police station level - becoming involved in assisting to reverse this worrying status quo,”said Welch.
He explained that “Without committing any third parties to participation at this time, we see the possibility for recognised Firearms Associations and Shooting bodies to be involved in rolling out and maintaining an agreed training and practice regime at their local shooting ranges for SAPS officers. SAGA believes that a program such as this could provide the necessary opportunity for officers to improve their firearm handling skills and stay current.”
“It’s time for the shooting fraternity to step up to the plate and ‘pay it forward’ for SAPS.”
North Gauteng High Court Postpones Applications on Gun Licences
Pretoria November 24. The North Gauteng High Court heard an Application brought by
the South African Arms and Ammunition Dealers Association ( SAAADA) against the
Minister of Police and others.
According to reports, the Judge in the matter – Judge Raulinga, ‘was very well
informed on the matter and was aware of the Application of the SA Hunters’. The
Judge deciced that all the matters relating to the late renewal of firearm licences
should be heard together, but not joined. The Judge apparently felt that the various
issues dealt with the totality of the problems with administration of the Firearms
Control Act by SAPS and that a holistic approach to the matter should be adopted.
The Judge declined to grant any relief at this stage and further directed that the matter
be postponed to a date to be determined in April 2017. A date circa 20th April onwards
was discussed. It also emerged that in the Judge’s opinion, all three Court cases
dealing with the late renewal of licences should be heard by two Judges.
Meanwhile the SA Hunters case, in which SAGA is committed as Amicus Curiae (Friend
of the Court) has been set down in the same Court for April 25th and 26th 2017.
It follows that matters relating to the late renewal of firearm licences will only be dealt
with in April 2017 - at the earliest. In the interim all Gun Owners are advised to seek
qualified legal advice prior to taking any action in connection with general licence
renewal issues and expired licences.
WHAT IS SAGA ABOUT
The South African Gunowners' Association (SAGA) is a non-profit, non-discriminatory organization, whose sole purpose is to represent the interests of all people who embrace the principles of safe and responsible ownership and usage of firearms for sport, recreation, hunting and self-defence.
SAGA is the watchdog that endeavours to safeguard the rights of the South African public by engaging government in discussion regarding firearm related issues and to provide technical assistance and expertise where needed. This is achieved by collecting and disseminating information regarding all aspects of the legitimate use of firearms. This is to enable responsible, non-discriminatory and enforceable legislation that would benefit all South Africans, irrespective of race, colour or creed.
World Forum on Shooting Activities (WFSA)
The World Forum on Sport Shooting Activities (WFSA) is an ECOSOC NGO at United Nations representing over 100 million hunters and sport shooters. We also represent most of the major civilian firearms and ammunition manufacturers. SAGA is a paid up voting member and is represented on the EXCO.
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