The Southern African Wildlife College is an appointed Centre of Specialisation in conservation education, training, and skills development within the SADC region.

Institutional Accreditation and Legislation

Training plays a pivotal role in terms of rehabilitating and sustaining wildlife areas. Appointed as a centre of specialisation in conservation education, training and skills development within the SADC region, the SAWC has also been recognised as an Institute of Sectoral and Occupational Excellence (ISOE) for its contribution to skills development and organisational capacitation by CATHSSETA; the custodian of National Qualifications in the fields of tourism, sport, hospitality, tourist guiding and nature conservation.

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

Legislative Context

The College is a legal association with the registered name of the Southern African Wildlife College NPC – Registration Number 1996/005726/08 – and a non-profit company in terms of the Companies Act, no. 71 of 2008.

The Programme 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)
  • Higher Education Act, 1997 (Act No. 101 of 1997) Regulations for the Registration of Private Higher Education Institutions, 2016 • Further Education and Training Act – as amended by the General and Further Education and 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 College is accredited / registered (HEQC/UMALUSI/QCTO/ Sector
  • Education and Training Authorities)
  • Department of Higher Education and Training guidelines for Work-Integrated Learning and Workplace-based Learning.
  • Council on Higher Education – A good practice guide for the quality management of short courses offered outside of the higher education qualifications sub-framework, September 2016
  • Department of Higher Education and Training – Draft policy on Internationalisation, April 2017

Code of Conduct

The SAWC is committed to excellent academic and ethical standards as expected in a conservation environment. In order for the College to ensure that these standards are adhered to and maintained, the following guiding principles are used to encourage compliance by the students:

  • Honesty
  • Respect
  • Cooperation
  • Team work
  • Hard work

The primary purpose of the Code is to promote exemplary conduct. A copy of the Code of Conduct is made available to all students upon arrival; every student will thus be subject to the stipulated rules and regulations of the College.

Every student is encouraged to be an asset to the College. A student deemed to be guilty of misconduct will be dealt with in accordance with the agreed Code of Conduct if s/he disregards any provision of this Code or fails to comply with any provision thereof. A breach of the Code of Conduct may lead to a disciplinary hearing which may in turn result in a disciplinary measures being taken to correct misbehavior.

At the time of registration all students will receive and sign a copy of the Code of Conduct.

Plagiarism is academic fraud and as such an unacceptable offence at the College. If a student is found guilty of plagiarism after a disciplinary hearing, he/she will be disciplined or even expelled from the programme, pending an appeal by the student.