MANDATE: P.F.T.C. FIREARM PROFICIENCY TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION UNDER ATTACK:

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PFTC was informed that the proficiency training for private firearms owners will revert back to SASSETA (Security and Safety SETA).  The contract between QCTO and PFTC gave PFTC…

Dear Redot followers

PFTC was informed that the proficiency training for private firearms owners will revert back to SASSETA (Security and Safety SETA).  The contract between QCTO and PFTC gave PFTC the authority to accredit training providers to conduct private firearm proficiency training and to issue SAQA (South African Qualifications Authority) certificates in the form of a “Statement of Results.  This was previously a very poorly executed function of SASSETA which gave rise to the mentioned contract coming into being.

During the past week, the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) one-sidedly informed the Professional Firearms Training Council (PFTC) that they have terminated the training contract between QCTO and PFTC in terms of which PFTC has conducted the proficiency training for private firearm ownership since 2013.  The contract which only ends on 30 June 2023, has been terminated without any consultation with PFTC.

The QCTO also gave notice that they will not work with any other professional body regarding proficiency training. The reason for QCTO to one-sidedly terminating the training contract with PFTC is unclear.  The process QCTO followed to terminate the contract is seriously flawed and outside the prescripts of the Constitution.

The back transition to SASSETA will place further time constraints on the issue of competencies.  It is a well-known fact that the contract entered into between QCTO and PFTC was exactly to counter the time delays experienced in the issuing of SASSETA certificates.

In the meantime, PFTC has entered an urgent application in the Gauteng High Court to stop QCTO from unilaterally terminating the said contract.  Indications are that the case will be heard on 26 October 2021.

All proficiency training will continue as it is currently being conducted and that current PFTC qualifications, as well as your PFTC Statements of Results, will remain valid as they are SAQA underwritten.  All proficiency certificates and statements of results will thus remain valid.

Redot Firearm Solutions, fully support P.F.T.C.s decision to serve all involved parties with notice of an urgent interdict as well as finding the right solution and ultimately fixing the problem.

Good luck to P.F.T.C. as they will fight this obvious attack by the government against the firearm industry and for the rights of all law-abiding citizens who own legal firearms for lawful purposes.

The Redot team.

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