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Note: every year, the card will be updated with the following year's date from 1 December of the current year, so that you can renew your provincial permit during December for the following year. (if your card is showing the current year and it is December, you PC is showing a cached version - clearing your history, or changing your cache interval to less days, should fix the problem).
You don't have a password? See next point "I don't have a password".
Your email has changed - email your new email (and ringers number) to safring [at] adu.org.za (see also point above about contact details)
You have not submitted any ringing data yet - start submitting! (if you have not done any ringing yet or your last records are older than 9 months, email safring [at] adu.org.za)
Other problems? Email the error message to safring [at] adu.org.za
Note: why does SAFRING only stock rings?
UCT previously allowed a large capital loan so that SAFRING could order stock to keep on our shelves. This capital was reduced around 2012, so that we can only afford to keep rings in stock. Nets are avilable through Ecotone (see the order page for contact details) Africa but ringers are welcome to order nets themselves directly from foreign suppliers.
Blood. Note that South Africa now has a requirement that all blood sampling of birds for research purposes must be done by a vet, or a person certified as capable by a vet.
Export. The researcher also needs to comply with NEMBA in order to send any biological material outside of South Africa. This would necessitate obtaining an "export permit for research other than bioprospecting" under the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act: Amendments to the regulations on Bioprospecting, Access and Benefit Sharing. Anyone sending material from South Africa would have to apply for the permit (perhaps it would be easiest to centralise the sender from one institution) but the receiving researcher would also have to make an application. The cost is not prohibitive (c. R200) but there is a lot of paperwork involved and the penalties for not going through the proper channels are quite high! Further documentation may be needed for CITES listed species. [Thanks to Phil Whittington for this info]