Post Date: 4 Mar 2021
I refer you to Newsletter No 1 with regard to the Hunting Opportunities for 2021.
The Hunting Committee has been in negotiations with the new management team contracted by the Boshoek Trust, who own the game farm known to us as Kameelkop, with the purpose of remaining involved and to assist in the sustainability and success of this popular hunting destination.
Below you will find an invitation from the management team of Ebuwahlanga to participate in the funding of essential infrastructure/accommodation/services which will ensure the enterprise has the best opportunity to reach its full potential and remain a sustainable hunting destination.
Qualifying members who are interested in participating in this opportunity are invited to contact the Chairman of the Hunting Committee, Bruce Ambrose, via email: email@example.com, or on 082 807 0602.
With kind regards,
SUMMARY The current situation is:
This well-known hunting destination has been in operation for well over 13 years in the hands of the current owner.
The owner has recently entered into a partnership agreement with an operating entity.
This entity is to increase the overall income generated from the reserve mainly through increased sales of out of season accommodation, hunting and limited high-density cattle grazing (this will be managed in such a manner as to complement the hunting and not detract from it).
Currently, the reserve operations and facilities are not up to a sufficiently high standard and this is negatively impacting on the amenity of the reserve and, consequently, the potential income generation.
Additionally, the power cable from the cold room to the lodge (that has been repaired many times before) recently exploded. The replacement cost is estimated to be in the region on R1,250,000 and unaffordable, so an alternative must be found.
The Trustees and Management have decided to follow this course of action because the funding that was approved by the Government in 2019 has not yet materialised.
To assist with the rehabilitation and future management:
An on-site and experienced reserve management, accommodation and support husband-and-wife team have recently been appointed – as has a young game keeper (in addition to Mr. Njoko, who now has a long-term employment contract).
DEVELOPMENT PLANS Certain facilities are in need of repair or replacement and include:
Refurbish the thatching of the lodge and three existing chalets.
Fitment of a filter to remove the sulphur odour in the water.
Attend to the power supply to the lodge and chalets (thus avoiding further power cable related disruptions).
Repairs to the walkway and steps down to the fire pit area.
Replace the covers over the chalet geysers and the power distribution box.
Re-establish the gardens.
Sundry repairs to the kitchen area.
Install suitable cooling racks in the cold room, expand the cold room volume and attend to the slaughter area.
Purchase a suitable blower for gardening and firefighting purposes.
Improve anti-poaching efforts, both human (increased staffing effectiveness) and capital (possibly re-electrification of fence, addition of dual cable strands to supplement the wire which is easily cut and/or razor wire along base of fence, replacing old standards) and improve staff effectiveness.
Before the end of the second year,
Rebuild the 4th chalet (that was destroyed by fire).
Procure a second, newer, more serviceable motor vehicle for the reserve operations.
COST The cost of these changes, improvements and maintenance is anticipated to be substantial with projected vehicle, energy and building costs being in the hundreds of thousands.
NEW HUNTING PRINCIPLE The operating entity has adopted a principle of tiered visitors/hunter on the reserve. The tiers are, broadly, Preferred Partners, week day hunters and all other hunters.
The benefits of the three groups are:
Preferred Partners will have guaranteed and preferential time slots with first choice at a wider selection of animal species and genders. Week day hunters will have the next selection of hunting periods and select from what is left on the quota. All Other hunters will have the opportunity to take what may then still available
PROSPECTUS. This prospectus invites hunter who are Proficiency Graded and Dedicated Hunters of KwaZulu Natal Hunting Shooting and Conservation Association (who are in good standing) to become Preferred Partners. The requirements and benefits are:
Preferential hunters will enjoy a guaranteed Ebuwahlanga booking each year Participants will enjoy 5 consecutive nights per year for a period of 5 consecutive years or 3 consecutive years. The Preferred Partner may invite up to 5 people (hunters or non-hunters) to join them at the reserve each year. During these periods, which may vary by arrangement each year, the Preferred Partner will have the entire camp available (6 beds) at no charge. Every year, an Ezemvelo Hunting Permit will reflect the number of animals by specie and gender that are available that year. Each Partner may individually have a ‘wish list’ of animals they would like to harvest. Based on what is available (on the permit) and on a first preference basis, an allocation as close to these ’wish lists’ will be made to each Partner. In February/March each year, a deposit equal to 25% of the ‘wish list’ value plus the other fees will be payable by the Partner to the operating company.
The cost of Preferred Partner tier participation is either R90,000 per concession for a period of 5 years – or R54,000 per concession for a period of 3 years (all income will be spent on capital expenditure, repair, and maintenance of the reserve).
This Preferred Partners funding will initially be in the form of an interest free loan made to the operating entity and will (in terms of the contract) be convert to a grant after 5 years or 3 years. Should the Preferred Partners not benefit for the full period as a result of a default by the operating partnership, any balance of time owned to the Preferred Partners will be refunded by the operating entity at the rate of 1/25 or 1/15 of the initial input cost per lodge night then outstanding.
Pending the scale of interest, the number of preferential hunters may be limited
INVITATION You are cordially invited to express your interest in participating in this Preferred Partner programme and comment on the details of the structure and organisation of the scheme.