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01 August 2016 - 31 July 2019

 

Dr B Mohr – chairperson

Dr R Lobetti – represents companion animals

Dr N Fourie – represents production animals

Dr J Benade – represents wildlife

Prof B Dzikiti – represents the Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria

 

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No late submissions will be considered.

Refer to Latest Meeting Dates for Committee on Specialisation meeting dates. 

The SAVC Committee on Specialisation deals, inter alia, with the following:

  • Monitoring the standards of training for the M.Med.Vet programmes by appointing monitors.
  • Establishing criteria for all disciplines or fields. Looking at specific criteria for each discipline.
  • Reviewing the minimum requirements for registration as a veterinary specialist.
  • South African Veterinary specialisation and global issues, e.g. SAVC representation at the EBVS Annual Meeting; perusing the EBVS Newsletter; dealing with specialisation in South Africa compared to the RCVS and others.
  • The scope of monitoring standards and compliance with minimum standards.
  • Projected future need for specialisation in VPH.
  • Requirements for specialisation: supervisors and training - application for peer review qualifications/experience.

01 August 2016 - 31 Jul 2019


Dr CC Nkuna (Chairperson)

 

Dr T Chetty-  Representing veterinarians

Mr T Zokufa - Portfolio Animal Welfare

Sr T Lötter - Veterinary Nurse profession

Mr JJ Müller - Veterinary technologist

Mr MW Kutu - Animal Health Technician profession

Mr CJJ Bester - Laboratory Animal Technologist

 

Click on this link to go to Dates: Submissions and Applications, for a comprehensive list of meeting dates.
http://www.savc.org.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=245&Itemid=65

The Committee will consider applications submitted as follows:

  • Authorisation in terms of Section 23 (1) (c).  These applications must be submitted by the employers, who must also motivate the need for the applications.  This is a special dispensation and authorisation must first be obtained before the employee may render the service of a veterinarian or para-veterinarian.
    Click on this link for full details:
     http://www.savc.org.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=43&Itemid=244
  • Re-registration with the SAVC after a period of 3 years has lapsed since the individual was last registered with the SAVC. These applications are submitted by the individuals seeking re-registration. Proof that the applicant kept abreast of his/her profession during the period of removal from the register must also be submitted. Re-registration must first be obtained before the applicant may commence to work as a professional again. 
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     http://www.savc.org.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=273&Itemid=286
  • Competence Specific Registration [CSR].These applications must be submitted by the individuals seeking CSR. Applications must be supported by  motivations from the prospective employers for the need to employ the persons with the particular competencies/expertise. This is a special dispensation and CSR must first be obtained before the employee may render the services of a veterinarian or para-veterinarian.
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     http://www.savc.org.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=70&Itemid=246

For full details please contact:
Ms Talita Coetzee, Registration Coordinator, at   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with regard to all enquiries relating to authorisation and competence specific registration, automatic registrations, registration for the first time after 3 years has lapsed since obtaining a pre-scribed qualification, and re-registration after 3 years has lapsed since last being registered with the SAVC.

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

No. R. 623      30 June 2006

MEDICINES AND RELATED SUBSTANCES ACT, 1965

REGULATIONS RELATING TO A TRANSPARENT PRICING SYSTEM FOR MEDICINES AND SCHEDULED SUBSTANCES: DISPENSING FEE



The Minister of Health, in terms of regulation 12 of the Regulations Relating to the Transparent Pricing System for Medicines and Scheduled Substances, published under Government Notice No. R.1102 of 11 November 2005, Gazette No. 28214, must annually review the dispensing fee to be charged by persons licensed to dispense medicines in terms of Section 22C(1)(a) of the Medicines and Related Substances Act, 1965 (Act No. 101 of 1965).

The Minister hereby invites comments, in writing, from interested parties on a dispensing fee referred to above which is currently provided for in regulation 12 referred to above.

Submissions in this regard must be sent to: The Pricing Committee Secretariat (Att: Ms NM Mpanza, Directorrate: Pharmaceutical Economic Evaluations) National Department of Health, Private Bag X828, Pretoria , 0001.

The closing date for submissions is 29 September 2006.

ME TSHABALALA MSIMANG

MINISTER OF HEALTH

No. 251      29 February 2008

(Government Gazette 30833)

NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT: BIODIVERSITY ACT, 2004 (ACT NO. 10 OF 2004)

NATIONAL NORMS AND STANDARDS FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF ELEPHANTS IN SOUTH AFRICA

I, Marthinus van' Schalkwyk, Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, hereby issue National Norms and Standards for the Management of Elephants in South Africa in terms of section 9 of the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act, 2004 (Act No. 10 of 2004) as set out in the Schedule.

SCHEDULE

TABLE OF CONTENTS

CHAPTER 1
INTERPRETATION, PURPOSE AND APPLICATION

1.
Definitions

2.
Purpose and application

3.
Guiding principles

CHAPTER 2
GENERAL MANAGEMENT OF ELEPHANTS

Part 1
General provisions

4.
Restricted activities

5.
Keeping of elephants

6.
Management plans

7.
Initial assessment

8.
Duty of care

9.
Adequate enclosure

10.
Administration of scheduled substances and sedation

11.
Capture of elephants

12.
Translocation, import and export of elephants

13.
Release camps

Part 2
Management of elephants in the wild

14.
Composition of wild elephant populations

15.
Control of wild elephant population sizes and distribution

16.
Establishment of new populations of wild elephants

17.
Contraception

18.
Range manipulation

19.
Culling

Part 3
Hunting

20.
Hunting of elephants
21.
Hunting methods

Part 4
Captive elephants

22.
Provisions for captive elephants

23.
Keeping elephants in captivity

24.
Registration of captive facilities for elephants

Part 5
Escaped or Roaming Elephants

25.
Escaped or Roaming Elephants

Part 6
General

26.
Short title and commencement

ANNEXURES

Annexure I Management plans for wild elephants

Annexure II Management plans for captive elephants

Annexure III Security - when dealing with wild elephants

Annexure IV Requirements for release camps

Annexure V Electrification of perimeter fences

Annexure VI Flow diagram relating to management options

CHAPTER 1
INTERPRETATION, PURPOSE AND APPLICATION

Definitions

1. (1) In these Norms and Standards, unless the context indicates otherwise, a word or expression defined in the Biodiversity Act or Protected Areas Act has the same meaning, and—

"adaptive management" means integrated research, planning and monitoring in repeated cycles of learning in order to better define and achieve objectives, and is built on the assumption that natural extensive wildlife systems are complex, our knowledge is imperfect but we can learn from purposeful, documented objectives and actions;

"applicable legislation" means-

(a)

the National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act, 2003 (Act No. 57 of 2003);

(b)

the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act, 2004 (Act No. 10 of 2004);

(c)

legislation and instruments mentioned in section 88(3) of the Biodiversity Act, 2004;

(d)

any regulations issued in terms of section 97 of the Biodiversity Act, 2004, or referred to in section 49 of the Protected Areas Act which apply to the implementation of these norms and standards;

(e)

these Norms and Standards and annexures thereto;

(f)

the Animals Protection Act, 1962 (Act No. 71 of 1962);

(g)

the Performing Animals Protection Act, 1935 (Act No. 24 of 1935);

h)

the Animal Matters Amendment Act, 1993 (Act No. 42 of 1993);

i)

the Animal Health Act, 2002 (Act No. 7 of 2002);

j)

the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993 (Act No. 85 of 1993);

k)

the Animals Diseases Act, 1984 (Act No. 35 of 1984);

l)

the Conservation of Agricultural Resources Act, 1983 (Act No. 43 of 1983);

m)

the Medicines and Related Substances Act, 1965 (Act No. 101 of 1965);

n)

the Meat Safety Act, 2000 (Act No. 40 of 2000); and

o)

the Veterinary and Para-Veterinary Professions Act, 1982 (Act No. 19 of 1982);

p)

the Foodstuffs, Cosmetics and Disinfectants Act, 1972 (Act No. 54 of 1972)

q)

the Animal Improvement Act, 1998 (Act No. 62 of 1998)

"Biodiversity Act" means the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act, 2004 (Act No. 10 of 2004);

"biodiversity" means the variability among living organisms from all sources including terrestrial, marine and other aquatic ecosystems and the ecological complexes of which they are part and also includes diversity within species, between species, and of ecosystems;

"born in captivity" means an elephant conceived naturally and born to a captive elephant in a controlled environment;

"captive elephant" means an elephant that is kept in captivity in a controlled environment, including elephants kept in captivity for rehabilitation, but excluding wild elephants in temporary captivity for other purposes;

"captive facility" means a registered facility in accordance with the provisions of Regulation 27 of the Threatened or Protected Species Regulations, 2007 and paragraph 24 of these Norms and Standards;

"capture" includes searching, pursuing, driving, chasing, darting, lying in wait, luring, alluring, discharging a missile, catching, sedating, or exercising physical control by any other means, method or devise, with the intent not to kill;

"controlled environment" in relation to elephant management means an enclosure designed to hold an elephant in any way that -

(a)

prevents it from escaping; and

(b)

facilitates intensive human intervention in the form of provision of:

(i)

food or water;

(ii)

artificial housing; or

(iii)

veterinary or health care;

and is less than 2000 ha;

"cow-calf group" means a cohesive group of females and their calves led by the matriarch or another older female, which associate regularly and closely with one another over time;

"culling" has the meaning as defined by the Threatened or Protected Species Regulations;

"damage causing elephant" has the meaning as defined by the Threatened or Protected Species Regulations;

"defined herd" means a cohesive group of elephants that exist in a limited or extensive wildlife system;

"destroy" means to intentionally kill an elephant for management purposes;

"ecologist" means a person registered as an ecologist under section 20 of the Natural Scientific Professions Act, 2003 (Act No. 27 of 2003);

"elephant population" means a group of elephants freely associating in a given environment;

"escaped elephant" means—

(a)

a wild elephant that has escaped from a protected area, or an adequately enclosed or suitably fenced property, but has not become a damage causing elephant; or

(b)

a captive elephant that has escaped from captivity;

"extensive wildlife system has the meaning as defined by the Threatened or Protected Species Regulations;

"genuine orphan calf" means an elephant calf that—

(a)

is less than 2 years old;

(b)

its mother has clearly died of natural causes or poaching;

(c)

has been rejected by the elephant population of which it forms part; and

(d)

is likely to die if it is not taken into captivity;

"handler" means a trained person who is responsible for controlling, caring for, cleaning or managing a captive elephant;

"hunt" has the meaning as defined by the Threatened or Protected Species Regulations;

"institute" means the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), established in terms of section 10 of the Biodiversity Act;

"issuing authority" has the meaning as defined by the Threatened or Protected Species Regulations;

"kept in captivity" or "captive kept" has the meaning as defined by the Threatened or Protected Species Regulations, provided that the definition of "controlled environment" given in these norms and standards applies specifically in relation to the management of elephants;

"limited wildlife system" in relation to elephant management means-

(a)

an area that is suitable for management of elephant populations of less than 15 animals, with minimal human intervention, except the provision of water and supplementation of food in times of drought;

(b)

is fenced to hold an elephant in a way that prevents it from escaping; and

(c)

is larger than 2000 ha and less than 5000 ha,

but excludes fenced land on which self-sustaining wild populations of elephants are managed in an extensive wildlife system;

"management authority" in relation to a protected area, means the organ of state or other institution or person in which the authority to manage the protected area is vested;

"management plan" means the management plan referred to in paragraph 6;

"preferred management density" means a stocking rate, or an acceptable range of densities within which a population may be allowed to fluctuate naturally;

"professional hunter" has the meaning as defined by the Threatened or Protected Species Regulations;

"Protected Areas Act" means the National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act, 2003 (Act No. 57 of 2003);

"protected area" means an area declared as such in terms of the Protected Areas Act

"range manipulation" means the alteration of the natural range of an elephant population, whether through limitation, extension or expansion by using fires, provision or opening or closure of, watering points, feed, fencing, driving or other human activity;

"registered game farm" has the meaning as defined by the Threatened or Protected Species Regulations;

"responsible person" means the owner or manager of an elephant, the owner or manager of the land on which an elephant normally ranges or a management authority of a protected area;

"rehabilitation facility" has the meaning as defined by the Threatened or Protected Species Regulations;

"rehabilitation" means the keeping in captivity for the treatment and recovery of sick or injured elephant, or the rearing of genuine orphan elephants, for the sole purpose of returning them to the wild in a limited or an extensive wildlife system as soon as possible;

"roaming elephant" means an elephant from a known or unknown locality for which responsibility can not readily be determined;

"scheduled substance" means a medicine or other substance prescribed under section 22A of the Medicines and Related Substances Act, 1965 (Act No.101 of 1965);

"sanctuary" has the meaning as defined by the Threatened or Protected Species Regulations;

"temporary captivity" means a wild elephant that is kept in a controlled environment for a short period of time for the purpose of—

(a)

translocation, release camps, transfer or transport;

(b)

quarantine;

(c)

veterinary treatment; or

(d)

rehabilitation, in the case of injured or genuine orphan elephants;

"Threatened or Protected Species Regulations" means the regulations made by the Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism in terms of section 97 of the Biodiversity Act, relating to listed threatened or protected species published under Government Notice No.R.152 in Gazette No.29657 of 23 February 2007, as amended;

"translocation" means the removal by human and mechanical means of a wild elephant from its existing location to another area;

"veterinarian" means a person registered in terms of the Veterinary and Para-Veterinary Professions Act, 1982 (Act No. 19 of 1982);

"wild elephant" means an elephant that—

(a)

is not a captive elephant or is in temporary captivity, pending release into a limited or an extensive wildlife system; or

(b)

is in a limited or an extensive wildlife system;

(2) In these Norms and Standards, a word or expression which is a derivative or other grammatical form of a word or expression defined in subparagraph (1) or in the Biodiversity Act or Protected Areas Act, has a corresponding meaning unless the context indicates that another meaning is intended.

Purpose and application

2. (1) In terms of Section 9(1) of the Biodiversity Act, the Minister may, by notice in the Gazette—

(a)

issue norms and standards for the achievement of any of the objectives of this Act, including for the -

(i)

management and conservation of South Africa's biological diversity and its components;

(ii)

restriction of activities which impact on biodiversity and its components; and

(b)

set indicators to measure compliance with those norms and standards.

(2)

The purpose is to set national norms and standards to ensure that -

(a)

elephants are managed in the Republic in a way that -

(i)

ensures the long term survival of elephants within the ecosystem in which they occur or may occur in future;

(ii)

promotes broader biodiversity and socio-economic goals that are ecologically, socially and economically sustainable;

(iii)

does not disrupt the ecological integrity of the ecosystems in which elephants occur;

(iv)

enables the achievement of specific management objectives of protected areas, registered game farms, private or communal land;

(v)

ensures the sustainable use of hair, skin, meat and ivory products; and

(vi)

is ethical and humane and

(vii)

recognises their sentient nature, highly organised social structure and ability to communicate,

(b)

the management of elephants is regulated—

(i)

in a way that—

(aa)

is uniform across the Republic; and

(bb)

takes into account the Republic's international obligations in terms of international agreements on biodiversity management binding on the Republic; and

(ii)

in accordance with national policies on biodiversity management and sustainable development.

(3)

These norms and standards are informed by the principles contained in paragraph 3.

(4)

The provisions of these norms and standards apply to the management of elephants wherever they occur within the Republic or where a permit to import is applied for.

(5)

The provisions of these Norms and standards must be read with the Threatened and Protected Species Regulations, 2007.

Guiding Principles

3. Any person executing a function or exercising a power or carrying out an activity that relates, directly or indirectly, to an elephant must do so with regard to the following further principles:

(a)

elephants are intelligent, have strong family bonds and operate within highly socialised groups and unnecessary disruption of these groups by human intervention should be minimised;

(b)

while it is necessary to recognise the charismatic and iconic status of elephants and the strong local and international support for their protection, proper regard must be given to the impacts of elephants on biodiversity or people living in proximity to elephants;

(c)

elephants are recognised engineers of habitat change and their presence or absence has a critical effect on the way in which ecosystems function;

(d)

the movement of elephants throughout their historical range has been disrupted by the activities of people over the last two centuries;

(e)

careful conservation management has led to the significant growth of elephant populations and human intervention may be necessary to ensure that any future growth occurs in a manner that does not result in the loss of biodiversity, ecosystem function and resilience or human life, or the compromise of key management objectives for protected areas, registered game farms or private or communal land;

(f)

elephants often exist in close proximity to people, with the result that the elephants potentially pose a threat to the well-being of people and management measures must endeavour to limit these threats;

(g)

measures to manage elephants must be informed by the best available scientific information and, where the available scientific information is insufficient, adaptive management forms the cornerstone of the management of elephants and adaptive decision making tools must be adopted;

(h)

management interventions must, wherever practicable, be based on scientific knowledge or management experience regarding elephant populations and must -

(i)

take into account the social structure of elephants;

(ii)

be based on measures to avoid stress and disturbance to elephants;

(i)

where lethal measures are necessary to manage an elephant or group of elephants or to manage the size of elephant populations, these should be undertaken with caution and after all other alternatives have been considered;

(j)

while efforts should be made to ensure that elephants continue to play an important role in an already well established nature-based tourism sector this should not occur in an inappropriate, inhumane or unethical form or manner;

(k)

in the context of objective-based management of complex ecological systems elephants should not be accorded preference over other elements of biodiversity;

(l)

every effort must be made to safeguard elephants from abuse and neglect; and

(m)

elephant population in the wild should be managed in the context of objective-based management of the complex ecosystem in which they occur.

CHAPTER 2
GENERAL MANAGEMENT OF ELEPHANTS

Part 1
General Provisions

Restricted activities

4. No restricted activities in terms of the Biodiversity Act involving an elephant may be undertaken without a permit issued in terms of Regulation 18 of the Threatened or Protected Species Regulations.

Keeping of elephants

5. (1) An elephant may not be kept unless—

it is:

(a)

a wild elephant that ranges in a limited or an extensive wildlife system that forms part of —

(i)

a proclaimed protected area; or

(ii)

a registered game farm, private or communal land; or

(b)

a captive elephant kept at a captive facility; or

(c)

a wild elephant in temporary captivity; or

(d)

an ill or injured elephant or genuine orphan calf kept in a rehabilitation facility; or

(e)

a genuine orphaned calf that could not be rehabilitated successfully to a limited or extensive wildlife system, and is therefore kept in a sanctuary; and

(f)

kept in terms of an approved management plan.

(2) In the case of a limited and extensive wildlife system, the owner or person in control of elephants is responsible to provide for an ongoing assessment of the impact of the elephant on the habitat and ecological function of the area.

(3) A captive elephant may not be kept or handled without—

(a)

the elephant being fitted with two permanent internal microchips or transponders inserted one at the base of the tail and one in front of the left shoulder, the responsible person must submit the serial numbers of the transponders (microchips) to the issuing authority;

(b)

the responsible person creating and maintaining a system of identikits of each elephant as changes in tusks or ears occur, preferably by a set of photographs and forward these to the issuing authority for incorporation in the national register; and

(c)

there being a minimum of two trained elephant handlers permanently and exclusively allocated to the care of the elephant

(4) A permit to keep a captive elephant shall only be issued for a period of 36 months pursuant to which application must be made for the renewal in terms of regulation 38 of the Threatened of Protected Species Regulations.

Management plans

6. (1) The responsible person in relation to a protected area, registered game farm, private or communal land or in relation to a captive facility in which elephants are kept, is responsible—

(a)

to prepare a management plan; and

(b)

to submit the management plan to the issuing authority for approval.

(2) A management plan must—

(a)

comply with the following:

(i)

the process prescribed in the Protected Areas Act and the requirements in Annexure I for a wild elephant occurring on land that is declared as a protected area;

(ii)

for a wild elephant occurring on a registered game farm, private or communal land the requirements specified in Annexure I; or

(iii)

for a captive elephant, the requirements specified in Annexure II;

(b)

take into consideration the principles contained in paragraph 3;

(c)

be consistent with any biodiversity management plan developed in terms of section 43 of the Biodiversity Act;

(d)

include a contingency plan that deals with the fate of the elephant in the event of the death, insolvency or any other event that impairs the ability of the owner or the responsible person to care for the elephant;

(e)

contain an initial assessment as described in paragraph 7 and provide for the ongoing assessment of the impact of the elephant on the vegetation structure and ecological function of-

(i)

the area of enclosure; or

ii)

any area from which the elephant is deliberately excluded;

(f)

identify the potential for conflict between people and elephants in or on the borders of the area of enclosure and provide for emergency plans in the event of the escape of an elephant, including measures to deal with such an emergency;

(g)

identify interventions likely to be made and management measures likely to be adopted, based on the principle of adaptive management; and

(h)

include a culling plan, if and when culling is identified as an intervention in terms of paragraph 15(1) and set out the conditions under which culling would take place.

(3) the management plan referred to in subparagraph (1) may be incorporated in one of the following plans:

(a)

in relation to a protected area, the plan that has been prepared by the management authority in terms of section 39(2) of the Protected Areas Act and the requirements for a management plan as described in Annexure I and approved by the Minister or the MEC as the case may be; or

(b)

a biodiversity management plan that has been developed in terms of section 43 of the Biodiversity Act.

(4) When preparing a management plan and/or a culling plan for a protected area, registered game farm, private or communal land the responsible persons must develop their management plan according to Annexure I and II of these norms and standards.

Initial assessment

7. An assessment in terms of paragraph 6(2)(e) must—

(a)

consider the potential impact of the elephants on the biodiversity of the area and structure of the habitat into which the population is to be introduced;

(b)

take into account—

(i)

the availability of adequate food plants;

(ii)

the availability of adequate shelter;

(iii)

the availability of adequate water for drinking and bathing; and

(iv)

the size of the land available to the population;

(c)

be based on the following population parameters:

(i)

a cow-calf group;

(ii)

the possibility that two adult bulls may need to be introduced if juvenile males become troublesome; and

(iii)

an initial stocking density for the population that must equal or be less than 50% of the future maximum preferred elephant density for the land;

(d)

determine if the responsible person can provide for the physical, physiological, social and natural behavioural needs of the elephant; and

(e)

determine if the responsible person will meet and be capable of meeting the long-term financial commitments of owning or managing elephants.

Duty of care

8. The responsible person is obliged to—

(a)

provide responsible veterinary care;

(b)

remain abreast with new monitoring and research information on the management of elephants, especially captive elephants;

(c)

submit to the Institute all information that may be relevant to the development of properly planned monitoring and research programmes, a national and international database on elephant management and the development of best practises;

(d)

share information and experiences with other responsible persons;

(e)

provide for the safety of people, including guests and staff, interacting with the elephants in accordance with the requirements of Annexure III; and

(f)

not neglect or allow any neglect or abuse of the elephant.

Adequate enclosure

9. (1) An elephant should be kept in an area that is adequately enclosed.

(2) An area will be deemed to be adequately enclosed in terms of sub-paragraph (1) if it is—

(a)

a new protected area, newly registered game farm, private or communal land and a perimeter fence has been erected; or

(b)

a limited or an extensive wildlife system around which a perimeter fence has been erected.

(3) The minimum standard for a perimeter fence is—

(a)

a minimum height of 1.8m; and

(b)

electrified on the side occupied by the elephant in accordance with the requirements of Annexure V.

(4) The perimeter fence must be properly maintained.

(5) The provisions of sub-paragraph (1) shall not apply to-

(a)

an elephant in the process of translocation; and

(b)

that portion of a boundary that extends beyond an international border of the Republic.

Administering of scheduled substances and sedation

10. (1) The administering of scheduled substances to an elephant must be in accordance with the Medicines and Related Substances Act, 1965 (Act No.101 of 1965).

(2) An elephant may—

(a)

only be sedated as an extraordinary measure;

(b)

not be sedated repeatedly; and

(c)

only be sedated for the purpose of temporarily immobilising or tranquillising it -

(i)

to carry out a disease control procedure, scientific research or for management purposes;

(ii)

for treatment by a veterinarian; or

(iii)

to translocate or transport the animal.

(3) Sedation, or any administration of scheduled substances or veterinary procedures in terms of the Veterinary and Para-Veterinary Professions Act, 1982 (Act No. 19 of 1982) in terms of subparagraph (2) may only be carried out by a veterinarian and may be carried out from a motorised vehicle or aircraft.

Capture of elephants

11. (1) A wild elephant may only be captured under the following conditions:

(i)

The capture is for the purposes of temporary captivity;

(i)

The capture must comply with all relevant permitting requirements and conditions;

(ii)

The capture must be effected in accordance with the provisions of the Biodiversity Act; and

(iv)

The capture must take place in compliance with the relevant provisions of the Animal Protection Act, 1962 (Act No. 71 of 1962), and the Translocation of Certain Wild Herbivore (SABS Protocol SABS 0331), as amended.

(2) A wild elephant may be captured for introduction into a rehabilitation facility only if—

(a)

in the case of a sick or injured elephant, it is for treatment and recovery purposes and subsequent release into a limited or extensive wildlife system; or

(b)

it is a genuine orphan calf captured or to be captured on private or communal land for the purposes of rearing and subsequent release into a limited or extensive wildlife system; and

(c)

a permit authorising the removal of the elephant from the wild has first been obtained from the issuing authority in terms of the Threatened or Protected Species Regulations.

(3) A wild elephant may be captured to be kept in captivity with the approval of the Minister, only in exceptional circumstances, including but not limited to:

(i)

international agreements; or

(ii)

Scientific or research purposes.

Translocation, import and export of elephants

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Links to African Council websites

Veterinary Statutory Bodies in Africa
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Veterinary Council of Namibia
http://www.van.org.na/section.php?secid=10

Veterinary Council of Zimbabwe (department of livestock and veterinary services)
http://www.dlvs.gov.zw/

Kenya Veterinary Board
http://kenyavetboard.org/

Veterinary Council of Tanzania
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Botswana Veterinary Association
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