In 2005 the Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism called for owners and users of inland 4×4 recreational driving tracks to move towards better-regulated and more equitable practices in respect of their activities in South Africa’s inland environment. Users and owners of these tracks were told unequivocally at the time that regulations similar in nature to those imposed on off-road vehicle activities on beaches would be unilaterally issued by government for sensitive inland areas if a suitable form of regulation could not be found and implemented for the off-road industry.
The Off-Road Vehicle community responded through the establishment of the National Off-Road Workgroup (“NOW”), an industry representative Section 21 Company, in October 2005. The NOW comprises the 4 Wheel-Drive Guides Association of South Africa (4WDGA); the Association of All-Wheel Drive Clubs of Southern Africa (AAWDC); the Association of Motorcycle Importers and Distributers (AMID); the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (NAAMSA); the South African Off-road Trainer Association (SANOTA); the South African Route Owners and Operators Forum (SAROOF); and the South African Vehicle Renting and Leasing Association (SAVRALA).
The 4WDGA subsequently changed its name to the Offroad Guides And Tour Operators Association (OGATO), on 23 November 2011.
OGATO’s Mission Statement is: To represent and assist South African Offroad Guides and tour operators in their business of promoting and facilitating tourism in experiencing and discovering the treasure trove of Africa’s natural and cultural heritage – with sensitivity and responsibility.
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