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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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  • ZYP8




Training plays a pivotal role in terms of rehabilitation and sustaining wildlife areas. One of the fundamental strategies of the Southern African Wildlife College (an appointed Centre of Specialisation in conservation education, training and skills development within the SADC region) is to create a new generation of managers who are equipped to deal with the key challenges facing protected area management. Closely linked to the training of these managers is the role that wildlife and nature-based tourism plays in the socio-economic development of southern Africa and in turn, bringing larger areas under protected area management.

The College also ensures that all legal requirements for institutional registration and programme accreditation are adhered to.


The College is a legal association with the registered name of the Southern African Wildlife College NPC - Registration Number 1996/005726/08. The College does not receive a government subsidy and is registered as a non-profit public benefit company in terms of the Companies Act, no. 71 of 2008. NPO number 046-675 NPO / PBO (ANBI) Registration Number 930016093

The Program Management Policy is benchmarked against the following legislation and guidelines: 

  • National Education Policy Act, Act 27 of 1996
  • Higher Education and Training Act - as amended by the Higher Education Amendment Act (Act No. 39 of 2008)
  • Further Education and Training Act - as amended by the General & Further Education & Training Quality Assurance Amendment Act (Act No. 50 of 2008)
  • SAQA Act - as amended by the National Qualifications Framework Act (Act No. 67 of 2008)
  • Various SAQA Criteria and Guidelines documents such as the Guidelines to Integrated Assessment.
  • Skills Development Act - as amended by the Skills Development Amendment Act (Act No. 37 of 2008)
  • Skills Development Levies Act, Act 9 of 1999
  • ETQA Regulations
  • Requirements of the ETQA/QC with whom the Organisation is accredited / registered  (HEQC/UMALUSI/QCTO/ Sector Education and Training Authorities) 

The training programmes offered by the College cover the full spectrum of skills needed by field staff and managers of protected areas.

The College also ensures that all legal requirements for institutional registration and programme accreditation are adhered to.

The College also works closely with other training institutions in Southern Africa such as Universities, Technikons and Colleges, to ensure maximum flexibility of career path whilst at the same time providing courses that meet the needs of protected area managers in the workplace.

All courses at the College are needs-driven and have been developed in close liaison with conservation agencies and where appropriate, will be aligned to the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) in South Africa to facilitate national accreditation.

The College is provisionally registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a Private Higher Education Institution.  The registration number with the Department of Education is Reg. No. 2008/HE08/004 and the College has this registration status until 31 December 2016.

The College is also fully accredited with CATHSSETA (FormerlyTHETA, the Tourism, Hospitality and Sport, Education and Training Authority, Provider - Accreditation No 613/P/000001/2004). 


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