SANBI has additional details on their web (see here) about various permits and there is also a Word document with contact details, so any numbers below do not work, try the Word doc - if there are different contact details that do work, please let SAFRING know so that we can update our web page.
|Code||Province||Address & Contact|
|EC||Eastern Cape||Department of Economic Development and Environmental Affairs,
P Bag X5001, Greenacres, P.E. 6057
Att: Alan Southwood: applications, motivations, projects, and renewals
Preferably via email: Alan.Southwood [at] dedea.gov.za
Regional Office Number 041-508-5800
Or, if you cannot contact Alan
Ms Charmaine Struwig
Charmaine.Struwig [at] deaet.ecape.gov.za
Ms Nomakula Stuurman Retired please do not contact
|FS||Free State||Free State Economic Development, Tourism & Environmental Affairs
Attention: Cindy at 051-4009526 (seqhobanec[at]detea.fs.gov.za) or Johannes 051 4009527 (mosiaj[at]detea.fs.gov.za ) for any assistance
Download Free State application form Permits free. [There was a R50 charge (2004-2008)].
|GP||Gauteng (Jhb)||Gauteng Permits Office South
Gauteng Nature Conservation
P O Box 8769
Download permit application Updated 2017 (Click to download)
Download permit application from the GDARD website Updated 2015 (Click to download)
Download new documents (April 2011) here and here.
2015 contact: Heidy Potgieter,
Permits Office, Directorate of Biodiversity Management,
Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
tel: 011 240 3043, fax: 086 420 2203 / 011 240 3044
e-mail: email@example.com, website: http://www.gdard.gpg.gov.za
11 Diagonal Street, Ground Floor ABSA Building, JOHANNESBURG
The reference requirements when applying for birding permits.
Note: R70 annually for Gauteng permit (since April 2016) - Permits CPA1, CPA2 and CPA3
The Gauteng permits office has a branch in Pretoria at the corner of Leyds and Vermeulen street. The banking details have also changed for payments
The contact person is:
Note: R70 annually for Gauteng permit (since April 2017) - Permits CPA1, CPA2 and CPA3
Attention: Sharon Hughes
Tel: 033-845-1999 or 033-845-1324
Email: permits [at] kznwildlife.com or Sharronh [at] kznncs.org.za (may not be valid anymore)
Emails may also be sent to Brent Coverdale: Brent.Coverdale[at]kznwildlife.com
Note: R50 annually for permit (since 2006)
Att: Vivianne Mazibuko
PROCESS: email your application to Joseph Heymans, tel 014-717-5383, HeymansJA@ledet.gov.za with your SAFRING authority card (and ringing data - see below), then he will verify and pass onto the permit office. He also needs a certified copy of your ID document.
The following extra detail must accompany every application:
Download Limpopo application form
narriman [at] mtpa.co.za or narriman.mtpa [at] gmail.com, 013-759-5348
Note: R50 fee from 2013
Download form here
The new procedures for bird ringing applications will be: [from Dec 2014]
|NC||Northern Cape||Northern Cape Nature Conservation Service
Department of Environment and Nature Conservation
Private Bag X6102
MSmit [at] ncpg.gov.za
Tel: 053 807 7430
Fax: 0866 597 032 / 086 5151 769
Departmental Fax: 053 831 3530
Or David Paulse permits [at] vodamail.co.za
Permit cost R50 (from 2008)
Download new documents (January 2018) here.
|NW||Northwest Province||Note: June 2015:
To apply for a permit one should apply through a local office in one of the cities i.e. Rustenburg, Potchefstroom etc. The local office will process the application and send a recommendation to Neddick Mbila of the North West Parks Board Offices in Mafikeng. Only thereafter will the permits be issued. It is also important to state the purpose of the ringing permit i.e. data collection, research on movements, DNA sampling etc.
Neddick says the local offices follow up on outstanding permits and the process is much quicker this way. If sent to Neddick directly he could still process it but it will take long or might not happen at all.
Northwest Environmental Conservation
Manager: Fauna, Flora, CITES & Hunting [new details from Aug 2010]
CapeNature, Private Bag X29, Gatesville, South Africa 7701
e-mail: tmoses [at] capenature.co.za 
Tel: +27 (0)21 - 483 0000, Fax: +27 (0)86 556 7734
Dec 2010: tel: 021-483-0120, Fax: +27 (0)86 556 7734
Jan 2011: fax to email: 086-528-9677
Below is a table of how long it has taken HD Oschadleus to obtain his provincial permits in the last 3 years. Other ringers may have had different experiences depending on when, or possibly how, they applied.
The table shows the number of days from date of application to receiving the permit (if a fax or electronic version was received, this date was recorded, even if the official posted version arrived later). The cost of the permit, if applicable, is shown too.
|Cost||R 50||R 50||R 52|