a. Remember, one has to renew one's firearm licences one or other time. Section 24(3) of the FCA stipulates the following: No application for the renewal of a licence may be granted unless the applicant shows that he or she has continued to comply with the requirements for the licence in terms of this Act. Words to the exact same effect can be found at bullet point 6 on Annexure A, which has to accompany your SAPS518(a) form, "Application for Renewal of a Licence".
b. In fact, there is quite a large space on the Annexure with the words: "Motivation that I did continue to comply with the purpose for which the firearm has been originally licenced". With the words in brackets just after that sentence (Applicant to provide supporting documents to substantiate his/her motivation). It is here where your NHSA Activities & Scores Report comes in very handy, as all inscriptions on that report have been verified to be true by the Natshoot Office before the inscription is reflected on the report (SAPS knows that).
c. Log all your activities diligently, which will ascertain that you can easily comply with the requirements indicated in a and b above. That is exactly what your Activities & Scores Report is meant to prove if constantly updated by you.
d. Target shooting as activity: If you have shot five targets on one day, with the same firearm or with a number of firearms, log them all (postal shoot targets as well as practice targets). The activity which counts for maintaining status is the visit to the shooting range on that day (postal target scores transfer automatically to your activities page), but at the same time the use of each of the firearms used on the day, are reflected on your activities and scores report.
e. Hunting as activity: Remember if you used two rifles in a hunt or a rifle and a handgun, write up the hunt twicefor the same dates. The inscription will be approved as such. One inscription showing the use of the one rifle calibre and the other showing the use of the other rifle/handgun calibre. The hunt counts towards maintaining dedicated status according to the length of time of the hunt, but the use of your different firearms in the hunt will reflect on your Activities & Scores Report (that's two birds with one stone).
f. Download your daily updated Activities & Scores Report from your Certificates page on your Personal Natshoot Profile Page, and attach it to your new licence application, or to your application for renewal of a licence, as it officially proves your association verified activities and thus the continued use of your firearms for the purposes you originally motivated their use for.
g. See an example of the NHSA Activities and Scores Report HERE and see the value of this report for yourself.