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SAWCT Annual Review 2014

The year under review was a successful, exciting and challenging one for the College. Successful in that student occupancy rates remained similar to the all-time high of 2013 and challenging given the pressure that this has put on current facilities. This will ease now that PHASE 11 of the College’s infrastructure development is under way.


The year under review was a successful, exciting and challenging one for the College. Successful in that student occupancy rates remained similar to the all-time high of 2013 and challenging given the pressure that this has put on current facilities. This will ease now that PHASE 11 of the College’s infrastructure development is under way.

In June, the College won the prestigious Mail & Guardian ‘Greening the Future’ award in the newly established category ‘Skills for Sustainability’. The College was also a runner-up for the 2014 Rhino Conservation Awards in the category ‘Best Awareness, Education and Fundraising’ for rhino protection and conservation.

Apart from the year-long certificate programmes supported by SAWCT, the College’s business units focus on Protected Area Integrity including wildlife guardianship field ranger training and aerial patrols, Youth Access and Community Development as well as Sustainable Use and Field Guiding. Focal points, which link into all the College’s training programmes, include Academic Compliancy and Quality Management as well as Innovation, Development and Environmental Best Practice, together with Community-based Natural Resource Management and the development of the Wildlife Economy.

Sincere thanks go to donors and stakeholders who support the work of the College. Success depends on the support and collaboration of conservation groups and organisations, government agencies, as well as stakeholders and partners such as WWF South Africa, Peace Parks Foundation, SAWCT and the donor community.

Read the full SAWCT 2014 Annual Review here.