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    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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HISTORY OF THE COLLEGE

The Cheap Rolex Replica skills needed to run protected areas are increasingly complex.  They involve elements of community relations, conflict resolution, project planning, and financial control, over and above a sound knowledge of ecology, natural resources and wildlife management.  

In 1993 the vision of a wildlife college that would train southern Africans to manage their natural heritage was first discussed. At the urging of Rolex Milgauss Replica members of the South African and SADC conservation fraternity, the World Wide Fund for Nature, South Africa (WWF South Africa) agreed to launch a fund-raising campaign to help address this problem, at least in part, with the establishment of the SAWC. 

 

After considerable planning, and with the endorsement of the African National Congress (ANC), the South African Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat. this Cheap IWC Replica vision was realised.  With the assistance of a DM10-million (R25-million) grant made by the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation (BMZ) via the German Development Bank, Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau(KfW), the construction of the College was made possible. The impressive College campus was completed in  record time and opened its doors in 1997 thanks to cooperation between WWF South Africa, the international donor community, local and internationally-based companies and individual supporters.

Built on land that was donated by Mr Hans Hoheisen to WWF South Africa in 1991, the campus is located inside the western boundary of the Kruger National Park, west of Orpen Gate near Hoedspruit. The Hoheisen family bought the properties in 1933 as farmland. Later the properties were integrated into the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve. Around 1968 Mr Hoheisen withdrew his properties from the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, and they then formed part of Kempiana under the  management of the warden of Timbavati. The property was managed in this way until Mr Hoheisen donated the properties to WWF-South Africa  as part of his estate. 

The land on which the College now stands continues to belong to WWF-SA, and the Kempiana property is managed by Kruger National Park as a contractual national park. A private game lodge, Ngala, has traversing rights over a large area of Kempiana, while the College has both a training area and a limited traversing area.

WWF South Africa and the Peace Parks Foundation continue to support the College, and have over the years assisted with fundraising to meet the operational needs of the College. The College has now moved towards self-sufficiency. With the cheap rolex replica establishment of the Southern African Conservation Education Trust in 2000 (now registered as the Southern African Wildlife College Trust), and with the appointment of its own fundraiser, it is envisaged that financial security will be assured in perpetuity. 

Over The Years...The SAWC's Infrastructure, Courses and Other Milestones

The early years…

1992: WWF-SA's Conservation Advisory Committee (representing major conservation agencies in South Africa) proposes to WWF-SA that it help establish a training institution for capacity building in conservation agencies in the country.  A qualitative needs assessment in South Africa shows support for the idea.

1993: Conceptualization of a Wildlife Training Facility by the World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa (WWF South Africa). As part of its 25th Anniversary celebrations the organisation then launches a high profile campaign to raise the funds for a college in South Africa,

1994: Various sites for the college are investigated. The decision is made to build the College from scratch on land belonging to WWF-SA adjacent to, and managed by, Kruger National Park. This land was originally donated to WWF-SA by Mr Hans Hoheisen.

1995: WWF-SA secures contributions from its South African corporate membership and individual supporters. A grant made by the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation (BMZ) via the German Development Bank (KfW), via approaches made to international aid agencies, makes cheap iwc replica construction of the College possible. The grant is earmarked for SADC and with the necessary sign-off from the SADC Secretariat, the scope of the training is expanded to the SADC region.  Start-up operating costs for the first two years are raised from the aid packages of the Netherlands and Danish governments to South Africa. The college becomes known as the Southern African Wildlife College and construction begins.  

1996: The College, the biggest project in WWF-South Africa’s 29 year history, is formally registered as a Section 21 Company, and staff move on site.

15 Years hence…..

1997: Phase 1 of the impressive facility is completed and the College opens its doors to students. Dr Pallo Jordan and Dr Uwe Kaestner, respectively the Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism and German Ambassador to South Africa at the time, declare the College officially. Guests include 150 donors, NGO’s, government and professional bodies as well as media.  Extensive coverage is achieved on television, radio and in print media.

The first short courses start in July 1997

The first SAWC prospectus for the following year’s Short Course Programme (1998) and the Basic Certificate Course (1998) and Advanced Certificate (to be offered for the first time in 1999) is produced.

1998: Seventeen short courses are run in 1998 together with the first Basic Certificate Course Programme.

1999: The Diploma in Natural Resource Management is offered for the first time.

Building starts on the bungalow/square-davel accommodation for single staff

The certificate students build a bridge over the drainage line (to carry a 6 ton vehicle) to give complete perimeter access around the campus. Fences are also re-aligned to keep out uninvited guests like honey badgers and spotted hyenas.

A thatched bush pub and an 11-stage exercise circuit are added to the recreational facilities.

2000: WWF South Africa establishes the Southern African Conservation Education Trust (SACET), an independent capital trust fund to support the capacity building activities of the College and to provide a reliable income stream for the Wildlife College in perpetuity. (SACET is now registred as SAWCT - The Southern African Wildlife College Trust)

2003: Mabunda Lecture Hall: An additional lecture hall for short courses was built by infrastructure students. The facility can accommodate30 students.

2004: The College introduces its new logo, the magnificent bateleur eagle in flight.

2005: Four recipients of SAWCT’s first ever scholarships resume their studies at the College.

2006: Mercedes Benz Automotive Workshop: State of the art tools and equipment are sponsored by Mercedes Benz for an automotive workshop. Apart from the four-post and the two-post lifts fitted in the workshop, a variety of specialized hand tools are purchased for technical training. Twelve Breitling Replica computers with specialized training software, data projector and automated screen are installed in the classroom. A welding shop is designed, built and equipped. Various other facilities and buildings are erected as part of the infrastructure investment. This includes carports and a wash bay with an oil trap system which allows cleaner water to be pumped out into the field via an environmentally friendly reed-bed system which filters the water.

The infrastructure workshop was necessitated by several courses offered by the College. The courses require practical training & assessments related to infrastructure maintenance. The practical training activities offered in the workshop are: carpentry, maintenance of pumps, basic plumbing, welding and brazing.

2007: Computer Laboratory: The old seminar room is converted into a computer room for 30 students, computer training is an integrated essential for most of the courses.

Rufford Lecture Hall: An additional lecture hall for workshops, conferences and short courses was built by unemployed people from the local village. This facility can accommodate 30 students.

2007/2008: Tented Camp: A tented ranger’s camp comprising 10 tents is sponsored by the Game Ranger’s Association of Africa. Built by infrastructure students and unemployed people from the local village, the tents  cater for accommodation for field rangers and short course training.

2008: The SAWC is registered with the Department of Education as a Private Provider of Further  Education (Reg. No. 2008/FE08/003).

Offices and Seminar Room: Five offices and a seminar room were created in unproductive walk ways to accommodate training staff.

2009: Strategic working relationships are put in place with the Ministry of Tourism and Ministry of Agriculture, Mozambique; the Kruger National Park, the Game Rangers Association of Africa, Mpumalanga Tourism & Parks Authority, Swaziland National Trust Commission, Zambian Parks and Wildlife, Malawi Parks and Wildlife, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, Eastern Cape Parks Board, Resource Africa (regional community development projects) and the IUCN.

Extension to Dining Hall: The veranda next to the existing dining hall is converted into an additional dining hall to cater for the larger number of students.

The tented camp is extended to include a further seven tents to further accommodate field rangers and short course training. The 17 tents can accommodate 58 students.

2010: The College presents two full qualifications. These include the Higher Certificate in Conservation Leadership and the Advanced Certificate in Trans-frontier Conservation Management. Both these courses include a number of new modules that have been incorporated into the new qualifications as a direct result of the training needs analysis conducted across SADC in 2008.

The SAWC is 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.

2010/2011: Upgrading of student Quarters: The existing 58 twin en-suite rooms in the student quarters are upgraded to a 3 star level. Beds and linen are replaced and wardrobes, study areas and bathrooms are upgraded.

In 2010 for the first time in its history, the College runs a conservation and environmental education bridging course for school leavers. Funded by the Hans Hoheisen Charitable Trust – Managed by BoE Private Clients, the pilot course’s success, leads to this course being funded for the next two years.

2011: The SAWC is provisionally registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training (HET) as a Private HET Institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997. (Reg. No. 2011/he08/004)

The drilling of a second borehole, with all the auxiliary equipment, is funded by the Rufford Foundation. The main purpose of the second borehole is to ensure an adequate supply of water to the College.

2012: The College trains a record number of students both on and off-site. This brings the total number of students trained to 8291 students (end 2012) from 46 countries, but mostly from countries in the SADC region, in natural resource management. Close on 700 students have completed qualification courses and over 7500 have been through target skills development courses, short course programmes and learnerships.

201​3: In 2013 the College tops its 2012 figures by training a record 2013 students bringing the number of students trained by the College to 10, 480.

2014: The College builds its own field ranger training facility and Phase 2 of its infrastructure development commences.

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