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  • Cultivating the Custodians of our Natural Heritage

    I often remember the words of my wonderful friend, companion and mentor, Magqubu Ntombela, as we toiled up the hills in the hot sun Mfolozi Game Reserve. "We are doing the work of God", he would say. "And our reward will come when people realise how important our national parks and game reserves really are....Dr Ian Player, Internationally renowned conservationist...Read more

  • Wildlife Guardian Programme

    In response to the current rhino poaching crisis in South Africa, a joint proposal between the Southern African Wildlife College (SAWC) and the Game Ranger’s Association of Breitling Replica Watches Africa (GRAA) gave  rise to the Wildlife Guardian Programme. This programme...Read more

  • Conservation and Environmental Bridging Programme

    It is essential for future leaders in conservation to be identified within the school system at an early stage and to be exposed to appropriate training opportunities. This programme is aimed at historically disadvantaged school leavers....Read more

  • Enterprise Development/New Venture Creation

    The future of South Africa's economy does not only lie in the formal sector, but also within the informal SMME sector. This is a growing part of South Africa's economy and requires substantial focus from a developmental perspective. It is essential that communities benefit ...Read more

  • Community Rangers Programme

    Many of our wilderness areas are under the growing threat of increasing population growth, sprawling urbanisation, deepening poverty, encroaching land use, poaching and the unsustainable exploitation of natural resources. It for this reason that...Read more

  • The Sustainable Utilisation Programme – PH Course

    The programme is designed to empower persons from historically disadvantage backgrounds to access an employment sector which, according to the Department of Environmental Affairs, is responsible for making an extremely valuable contribution to the economy...Read more

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Conservation organisations across the SADC region have a high demand for training in conservation and natural resource management at all levels, from field staff to management.  This demand has been addressed to some extent by the Southern African Wildlife College and other training institutions across the SADC region who play a pivotal role in equipping a new generation of conservation managers with the necessary skills to deal with the key challenges facing conservation today. 

Following the training received, alumni of the College and other training institutions are today managing some of the world’s most biologically diverse areas and collaborating with a broad array of stakeholders including government, government agencies, conservation agencies, farmers, communities and businesses.  The training received is essential  to achieving lasting conservation results that address economic and ecological needs. This managerial level training takes place at a number of institutions, for example; at the Southern African Wildlife College (SAWC); Pretoria University; Tshwane University of Technology; College of African Wildlife Management (Mweka); Eastern and Southern Africa Institute (ESAMI); Mushandike College of Wildlife Management; and Unisa.

 A number of reports have been  written which highlight the need for training to be conducted; not only at the number of sparsely distributed  institutions across the region but also at country specific sites within protected areas.  This allows capacity building to reach a greater number of staff in a cost-effective manner.

In 2010, The Southern African Wildlife College expanded its training focus by also providing on-site training and is in the process of establishing collaborative agreements with a number of training venues across the region where training can be offered in the country of need.  Malawi (Liwonde National Park) and Mozambique (Maputo Special Reserve and Gorongoza) have signed such agreements, while Zambia (Conservation Lower Zambezi; Chunga; Nyamaluma) and Zimbabwe (Mushandike) have draft agreements in place with the SAWC.  These agreements will allow training of short courses and field based training to take place on site on a sustainable and more financially viable basis.

These agreements open up the possibility of a regional approach which will address conservation training needs at three different levels:

  • Training of Natural Resource Managers by the SAWC (50:50 College/Workplace split).
  • Training short courses at SAWC or at other SADC institutions (in-situ at institutions and via MoUs).
  • Training field staff in-situ (protected areas).


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