Government Selected Partners Foisted On Zimbabwe Safari Operators


Published: November - 2009

Moving on to Zimbabwe, E-mail Extra subscribers know that I warned in a bulletin last month that some operators there were recently forced to take on new partners who may be on the list of individuals banned from doing business with US citizens. Senior Zanu-PF officials reportedly forced some safari operators to give up shares of their business to selected black Zimbabweans under the guise of land redistribution. The properties involved in the forced partnerships included successful conservancies. Initial information included the Save Valley Conservancy as well as conservancies in Masvingo. I have since heard from Clive Stockil, chairman of the SAVE Conservancy, who tells me that this has not actually taken place in the SAVE. "It is correct that an initiative of this nature has been discussed, but none of the changes suggested in the report have occurred nor are they likely to be implemented," he writes in an e-mail. "The Conservancy has been working on this issue for several years and dialogue with Government is ongoing."

I apologize for implicating the SAVE Conservancy in this development. I have since been told by other sources that because local black Zimbabweans already benefit from the hunting programs there, partners have not been forced upon these operations. In fact, I've heard that the whole effort seems to have gone by the wayside.

In my bulletin I had warned hunters from the US who are hunting on any Zimbabwean conservancy that they should contact their operator for the names of any new partners that may have been forced on them only recently. It's still not a bad idea to do that. If they have taken on any partners, check those names against the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) List issued by the US Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Controls, the agency that enforces economic sanctions programs for the US State Department. US citizens found to have conducted business in any way with individuals on this list could face hefty fines and possible jail time. You can find the latest list posted on our web site (www.hunting report.com) in the Reference Desk section........(continued)

 
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