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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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Lesley Richardson and Coutness Sylvia Labia, Chairpersona and founder member of SAWCT respectively, with some of the students who received scholarships from SAWCT.

 There is no doubt that the conservation industry and Africa’s threatened species are reliant on having good people who are skilled, educated and motivated and who can make a significant difference at all levels. As such, every effort should be made, whether formally or informally, to develop skills and abilities and to provide opportunities for people to maximise their contribution. The future of the Southern African Wildlife College and the future of Africa depends on it.

Since opening its doors to students in 1997, the SAWC has held fast to an unwavering course to empower and inspire protected area managers and others involved in environmental practices to embrace the challenges of conservation in Africa. We however need help in growing and developing the conservation and tourism sector’s human capital, which will in turn help to ensure the growth, development and sustainability of parks and other natural areas.

 At the outset, the aim of the College was to meet SADC training needs within the sphere of natural resource management, and from its inception, the College has offered full time qualification course programmes which run for a full year.  The curriculum covers a broad range of conservation management skills including a wide spectrum of wildlife management, nature-based tourism, community-based natural resource management and other environmentally-related topics.  The courses trained at the College are all accredited with the necessary education bodies and are designed with input from conservation organisations across SADC and remain relevant to training needs identified across the region.

Unfortunately, conservation education and training is not well funded across the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and most of the students are reliant on donor funding to enable them to further and continue their studies. The College also receives no government subsidies. As such, the College needs help to support the development of students by way of scholarships and bursaries.  

Mathapelo Sehloho of Afrisam with two students sponsored by the company as part of their CSI programme


Each year the College trains approximately 50 students across the Higher and Advanced Certificate Programmes. Most of these students are mature individuals drawn from agencies where they are already involved in conservation management. After all, who better to protect our natural resources than those already working on the land, and living side-by-side with communities who depend on it for their survival? These men and women are ideally placed to teach their communities how to live harmoniously within their environments, how to nurture their natural resources, and how to ensure that these resources support them, today and well into the future.

Each student's organisation makes a contribution towards their studies to show their commitment but the bulk of the funding has to be raised. We thus appeal to organisations, donor organisations, trusts and individuals to consider funding these our flagship students many of whom will go on to senior positions where, with the support of a broad array of stakeholders, they will achieve long lasting conservation results that address the economic and ecological needs of the region.  


1. The cost of a full scholarship is  R70,000 which covers the full cost of the course, student accommodation, meals, transport, learning materials, course development, lecture fees etc. This is then subsidized in part by PPF's contribution and the organisational contribution. 

2. The bursary contribution is R60,000 per student which is then further subsidised by PPF's contribution, the organisational contribution and also through the cross subsidisation of other courses run at the College.

3. A part contribution towards a student scholarship or bursary can also be made by individuals who wish to support our flagship students but who are unable to contribute the full cost of a scholarship or bursary.

4. Assistance can also be provided by way of a donation to SAWCT, the College's capital trust which ensures that funds donated are used to secure the future of the College and the training of its students. SAWCT is exempt from Income Tax under South African law.  Donors can claim donations to SAWCT as deductions against their taxable income, and donations are exempt from Donations Tax and Estate Duty.

For further details please contact: Jeanné Poultney | Head: Marketing & Fundraising

Tel: +27 (0)11 704 4386 | Mobile Tel: +27 (0)82 45 828 45 

Fax: +27 (0)86 670 8687 |

or by contacting the SAWC directly Tel:+27 (0)15 793 7300 |


A big thank you is extended to funders of our student scholarships and bursaries by way of our Adopt-a-Student Learner Legacy Programme. In addition the SAWC thanks is extended to:

  • Peace Parks Foundation for  having secured funding to subsidise the core costs of students admitted to the programme.
  • SAWCT which provides scholarships and bursaries for students to attend the Advanced Certificate Course in Transfrontier Conservation Management.
  • The National Lotteries and Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) which has also played a major role in supporting the development and capacity building of the College’s students. For the period 2010 to 2012, the NLDTF funded 90 South African students to attend the Higher and Advanced Certificate Training at the SAWC. In addition the NLDTF has funded essential equipment including a game drive and light duty vehicle, laundry equipment, IT equipment and has also made a contribution towards campus maintenance and administration. 


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