Frans Malebane was born and bred in Limpopo, Haenertsburg. He attended his primary school at Glenshiel Combined School. His high school level education was attained at Makgongoana High School, found in Mankweng Circuit, Ga-Makanye. In the year 2005, he joined the Thompson’s at the Cheese Farm, Wegraackbosch Organic Farm in Haenertsburg. Frans and his fellow peers worked at the Cheese farm during weekends and school holidays. Something that kept them out of the streets. On various occasions, they joined Thompson’s family and friends on camping and hiking trips in some of the undisturbed natural environment such as Makgabeng Plateau, Wolkberg Wilderness Area and some mountain ranges found in Blouberg Limpopo.
His passion for wildlife was eventually discovered during these outdoor excursions. During his high school days, his educators would always ask him about his post high school studies and his answer would always be “wildlife management”. He was advised to study law or any cooperate qualifications after his matric. However, his dedication for African wildlife turned everything into thin air. Immediately after his matric, he was introduced to the Southern African Wildlife College, (SAWC). He enrolled in The introduction to Conservation and Environmental Education Bridging Course and later, he was successfully accepted in the new training of professional hunters in the county. Training and development programme aimed to address access and redress in the hunting industry. This training covers every aspect of the professional hunting industry and it promotes awareness of conservation of natural environment.
The learning programme presented by SAWC, runs for a period of two years. 18 months of onsite training at the college premises and an additional season apprenticeship or practical wok with a hunting outfitter. In fact, he was the overall top student for the class of 2012/2014 and for that; he was awarded with the Professional Hunters Association of South Africa (PHASA) top student award and a buffalo cow hunt in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve. He is a dedicated bush lover and passionate about the African Bush and its wildlife.
He is a Dangerous Game Professional hunter and Hunting outfitter in Limpopo. Frans did his apprentice PH with some notable industry role players. He also worked for various hunting outfitters within the borders of South Africa. Successfully guided clients from international arena on their African expeditions. His charismatic attitude sparks many that cross paths with him. He also guides local hunters which he is primarily involved in as he believes there is a need to introduce more people to hunting and sustainable natural resource use and that includes a creation of an inclusive industry that enhances growth of wildlife.
Bachelor of Development Planning and Management student at the University of Limpopo. An integrated multidisciplinary programme aimed at producing graduates who can understand theories and challenges of world development on general for developing countries. The programme also seeks to expose students to integrated and comprehensive methods in formulating solutions to those challenges according to current and local needs as well as addressing the socio – economic issues within developing countries. Founding member and deputy chairman for SABHSSA. He is also the founder and Managing Director of Ditau Africa Safaris, a touring and hunting company.
His hobbies include; reading, hiking, traveling, and hunting. He also has interest in agricultural farming. His interest in sport is on soccer, cricket and chess. His favorite rifle is a .416 and favorite animal to hunt is a Bushbuck. An independent thinker by nature and an individual who strongly believe in standing for what is right. His inclusion into SABHSSA Board is imperative due to his experience and understanding of the industry.