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South Africa. 2008 ‘Legal Instruments.’ National Report of South Africa on its Implementation of the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (UNPoA), p. 2. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of the Republic of South Africa to the United Nations. 1 January
All individuals and institutions have been called via a Government Gazette as from 1 January 2005 to renew their firearm licences, permits or authorisations to establish a reliable and comprehensive control system in South Africa.
In order to renew a firearm licence, permit or authorisation, proof must be provided to the authorities of South Africa that the person who will possess such a licence, permit or authorisation is fit and proper to handle a firearm and is regarded as competent in all its aspects.
In order to obtain a competency certificate, a prerequisite to apply for a licence, applicants must complete a written test on the Firearms Control Act, as well as a practical test at a registered shooting range.
During the reporting period approximately 530 000 persons applied for competency certificates and 770 000 renewal applications have been received by the various competent authorities in South Africa.