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Track record

Highlights from our track record at a glance

  • Member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as a national non-governmental organization (NGO).
  • Accredited by CATHSSETA (Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality and Sports Sector Education and Training Authority) and the custodian of national qualifications in the fields of tourism, tourist guiding and nature conservation – Provider Accreditation No 613/P/000001/2004).
  • CATHSSETA appointed Institute of Sectoral and Occupational Excellence (ISOE) for its outstanding contribution to skills development and organisational capacitation.
  • Registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a Private Further Education and Training (FET) College (Reg. No. 2008/FE08/003)
  • Registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a Private Higher Education Institution under the Higher Education Act 1997. (Reg. No. 2011/he08/004)
  • Winner of a South African National Parks KUDU award in recognition of the contribution the SAWC has made in the category: Environmental Education and Capacity Building (2007)
  • Recognised ‘in-house’ service provider for conservation and tourism-related training for Kruger National Park (KNP) (2008)
  • Nominee for the Rhino Conservation Awards – a GRAA Co-operative initiative (2012)
  • Lead provider for the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) in both Conservation and Tourist Guiding for in the Limpopo-Mpumalanga Provinces.
  • Recognised by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) as an approved project for social economic development purposes under the Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Act.
  • MOU (Nov 2013) with DEA as strategic implementation partner capacity building and support in implementing Biodiversity Economy initiatives for the department
  • Appointed as in-house service provider to KNP for all anti-poaching training (2013)

Some of the major training projects in which the College has been involved

  • A joint Coast Care-DEAT- Ezemvelo Kwa-Zulu Natal Conservation Service (KZNCS) project.
  • Training within Mozambique for the new Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park (GLTP) (2001)
  • Training Provider to the INTAC project – Training of 400 learners in conservation and guiding (2003)
  • Training of 34 women from 9 different African countries in basic field ranging skills.
  • Game Rangers Association of Africa (GRAA) project funded by Liberty Wildlife Foundation to train 100 Field Rangers (2003)
  • Angolan Field Ranger Training (2008/09)
  • 205 beneficiaries from GLTP trained on accredited skills programs (General Assistant and Field Ranger), funded by the Flemish government (2008/09)
  • Limpopo National Skills Fund (NSF) project to train 201 unemployed learners in Natural Resource Management (certificate) – NQF Level 5 (2009)
  • Liberty Wildlife Foundation funded training – over 400 field rangers trained to date.
  • Field Ranger Anti-poaching training across various provinces/national and provincial parks (on-going)
  • 75 LEDET employees trained against NQF level 2 conservation guardianship certificate (2008/09)
  • 46 LEDET employees trained against NQF level 5 conservation management certificate (2010/11)
  • Training of 220 unemployed youth as general assistants and field/farm rangers. This forms part of an initiative by the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform who through the National Youth Service Corps (NARYSEC) are recruiting and developing rural youth to be paraprofessionals who will provide community service. (2012/2013)
  • Close involvement with other local community projects, including a Women’s Empowerment Projects which has seen local community members trained in, amongst others, maintenance, building and thatching skills.

Other Notable Projects

  • National Treasury’s Jobs Fund project to train 90 Field Rangers to be employed by the Kruger National Park
  • National Treasury’s Jobs Fund project to strengthen 100 micro-enterprises participating in the wildlife economy along western boundary of the KNP, in partnership with Resource Africa
  • Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) Youth Environmental Service (YES) project to capacity build 300 unemployed youth in Mpumalanga and provide them with industry placement experience.
  • National Treasury’s Jobs Fund Project, which was aimed at training 257 unemployed peopled trained and placing them in permanent employment. The project was implemented over two years to help build the capacity of five employer organisations and support the protection of threatened species such as rhino. This contributed to alternative livelihoods, poverty reduction and social economic development as well as the capacity of communities to manage their own wildlife resources in Mayibuye and Somkkhanda community reserves.
  • USAID- RESILIM B – This project, entitled “Creating Sustainable Resilience Villages as examples for the Limpopo River Basis” is aimed at developing, piloting and rolling out innovative and appropriate forms of training to address the real needs for pro-poor transformation of protected area buffer zones to contribute towards building resilience in the region.
  • The College is a proud development partner of NORHED, the Norwegian Programme for Capacity Development in Higher Education and Research for Development, in its aim to strengthen the capacity of higher education institutions in Low and Middle Income countries (LMIC) to educate more and better qualified candidates to increase the quality and quantity of research conducted by the countries own researchers.
  • WWF-SA GT5213 / ZA2335.B /ZA 5256:  WWF-SA has partnered with the College in three projects to create a sustainable CBNRM unit at the SAWC and a business model for CBNRM implementation in South Africa, via the SAWC’s Rural Initiatives for Sustainable Development Unit (RISE); to create learning by doing packages for protected areas to provide governance support; and to protect wildlife linked to communities and conservation in Mozambique.

Current International Training

  • Training field rangers in Myanmar to support the Karen Environmental and Social Action Network (KESAN) initiative.
  • Involvement in the development of field ranger training centres for other countries with visits to Bhutan, India and Cambodia.