GAME SA, is the representative organization of the game meat industry of South Africa and the acronym stands for: Game Abattoirs and Meat Establishments of South Africa
The companies represented by Game SA carry on the trade of sourcing, harvesting, slaughtering, deboning and packing game meat for the export and domestic market.
While game meat has been consumed by South Africans since the beginning of time, the export of game meat only started in 1979 to countries in what is now known as the European Union and has since expanded to include other countries.
The harvesting and supply of game meat is regulated by the National Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), the Department of Nature Conservation and for exports the requirements of the countries to which the meat is being exported.
The National Department of Agriculture regulates the export of game meat by means of various Veterinary Procedural Notices (VPN) more specifically VPN 5, VPN 8, VPN 9, VPN 10 and VPN 15 whereas the domestic game meat market is regulated by the Meat Safety Act 40 of 2000. Further game meat regulations have been drafted for the domestic market and are expected to be published in the near future.
To promote the interests of the industry in South Africa and abroad
Actively promoting and creating awareness of game meat products
Liaising with all stakeholders , including Government on matters that affect the industry.
Collecting and distributing market information and statistics to its members.
the various activities involved in this very specialised industry.
To undertake advertising and marketing assistance on behalf of its members.
CODE OF ETHICS
Membership is restricted to such entities who operate in accordance with existing legislation and whose business require them to keep in regular contact with the Association and its members and/or who have involvement in the processing and/or exporting of game meat products. In order to share in the benefits of membership, members pay an annual subscription fee.
REGISTERED DOMESTIC MARKET SUPPLIERS