I received some feedback this month regarding native Tanzania
Professional Hunters. You'll recall, I mentioned in the November issue
that despite a new requirement that safari companies hire a native Tanzanian PH for every expatriate PH on staff, there would be no immediate changes in staffing at most companies. That's because there simply aren't enough Tanzanian PHs to meet the requirement. That prompted a letter from a subscriber who has asked to remain anonymous. He says Tanzanian PHs are not getting the recognition or opportunities they deserve, and that the system that would have given it to them has long been broken. He writes, "In the old days, TAWICO had a very good program for the young citizens of Tanzania who wished to enter the hunting profession. The government provided them the opportunity to go to Mweka Wildlife College
to get them qualified as professional hunters. Then they provided a way for block holders to hire them as a second PH. In some cases, these individuals would become the top PH. This was the case with Cotton Gordon and Hilary Daffi, who was much in demand by clients who hunted with Gordon every year.....