We have all had a disruptive year. Some of us more so than others. The scourge of Covid 19 has troubled us all, but health wise, we survived so far. What has happened to our economy, we have still to find out.
Some of you may have heard that Elma and I tested positive for Covid in October. We endured the discomfort for about a month, but now we are back in harness. We are both well.
Last year (2019), many of the hunting associations got together and created a new organisation called SUCo (The Sustainable Use Coalition). Unfortunately, it mimicked in a great many ways the purpose and the function of the TGA. In order to give the whole ideal greater encouragement, I offered SUCo the opportunity to be absorbed into the TGA; to use our Constitution and our organisation; and to generally short circuit the development of a worthwhile SUCo target! Meetings and correspondence ensued which, so far, have not advanced the ideal – but the door is still open. We even suggested that a new and more dynamic leadership should be created for the TGA/SUCo amalgamation with me stepping aside as the TGA’s CEO, and a new leader being appointed from the SUCo initiative.
One of the worrying developments is the increased strength of the Animal Rights movement into Africa and the increased pressure on hunting and hunters. This will not be resolved if we cannot create solidarity between us. In February 2020, it was suggested that the new TGA/SUCo group should use the Three Musketeers’ war cry: “All for one and one for all!” But now, ten months later, we have moved no further forward. The TGA is undeterred and we persist in our support for the TGA/SUCo objectives. We will lose this war, however, if we cannot find solidarity, so let’s hope the new year will find a route through this quagmire. The TGA directorate truly believes in the TGA/SUCo initiative and we are ready to put our shoulder behind the wheel.
As we cannot function without your support, we urge you to renew your TGA membership at the beginning of 2021.
May you all enjoy a peaceful Christmas and a happy and healthy new Year 2021!
With best wishes,
Ron Thomson (CEO) on behalf of the TGA Directorate