Governance and Institutional arrangements
The Selati Game Reserve Association was established in 1993 by the amalgamation of numerous separately owned properties to form one large private game reserve located in the Gravelotte area of the Limpopo Province in South Africa. The purpose of the formation of the reserve was to create a contiguous block of land under single management. The founding Constitution, which has shaped the formation of the conservancy and guides the membership and activities on the reserve, has been recently updated. Unique features about the reserve include a very low footprint due to the number of owners and minimum subdivision size of properties and reciprocal traversing across members’ properties over the whole reserve.
The Big Five Game Company (Pty) Ltd was established to ensure the appropriate management of fauna and flora and to manage and operate the reserve on a sustainable basis.
The management of company is overseen by a Board made up of landowners and their representatives. Currently, there are seven non-executive board members, including a Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson. Directors hold their posts for three years after which they may be re-elected by the members of the Association at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) held annually. Members are allocated shares in management company according to a combination of their land size and value, as well as the value of game introduced and vote according to their percentage shareholding.