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2020 Report – Academic Policy and Sector Advancement

Without repeating the obvious this year was quite something! However, instead of speaking of the trials and tribulations that many have experienced, the unit would prefer to speak about opportunity. For many of us, the incredible harshness of the lockdown forced us to re-evaluate personal and professional assumptions. “In my case, the assumptions about what...
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Research and Innovation for the ALU in 2020

Despite restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic,  the Applied Learning Unit (ALU) has continued with its projects and development. In doing so, the ALU uses research and innovation to address the information required by practitioners, policy makers and rural communities in conservation. The unit addresses these requirements by continuing the development of a wide variety...
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AIGLH Post Covid 19

COVID-19 is just one of many ongoing challenges communities living in KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga face.  A recent community leadership development programme run near conservation sites in both provinces has highlighted that developing agility and self-belief leads to more empowered, resilient and invested stakeholders – which is vital for the long-term sustainability of conservation in these...
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Support our K9 Christmas Gift Campaign

The SAWC’s K9 unit is one of the most innovative and successful applied learning projects in Africa. Its anti-poaching successes on the ground have increased exponentially in recent years largely due to the four-tiered approach adopted to test best practice. This includes rangers, dogs, aerial support and community engagement.In supporting rangers on the ground, the...
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SAWC appoints new head of ranger training

A new leader steps up to manage the training of aspirant and seasoned field rangers The Southern African Wildlife College extends a very warm welcome to Mr. Altin Gysman, the new head of its Protected Area Integrity Department, which includes its African Field Ranger Training Services Unit, its K9 Unit and its Aerial Support unit....
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Annual Review 2019

Dear friends and supporters of the Southern African Wildlife College, As the natural world faces crisis after crisis, it’s never been more important to ensure that we as its custodians are working even harder to achieve a nature-positive world. In support of this, the Southern African Wildlife College’s mission is to equip men and women...
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Could changing how we train rangers impact counter-poaching by making rangers more resilient to the pressures they face?

A new ranger training curriculum being piloted in South Africa thinks it could… “Being in nature humbles and rewards us on a daily basis, but it also demands that we give a lot,” says ranger Billy Moumakoe. He’s on a short break, somewhere along the fenceline of Pilanesberg National Park in South Africa’s North West...
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The Bateleur – Quarter 3 (2020)

Dear Friends of the College, What a time it’s been since 15 March, 2020, when President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the South African nation for the first time about the Covid-19 pandemic. Between the College’s Executive Committee, its Human Resources (HR) Department and its Academic Departments, we have been steeped in legislation, protocols, policies, rules, and regulations,...
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Fostering opportunities and leadership in rangers

As we mark World Ranger Day 2020 on Friday 31st July, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) South Africa and the Southern Africa Wildlife College celebrate and commend the rangers who work tirelessly to conserve our protected areas. We are grateful for their commitment and we see their sacrifices. Rangers work across protected and wilderness...
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International Rhino Foundation Awards $100,000 Grant to the Southern African Wildlife College

Strasburg, VA – The International Rhino Foundation (IRF) announced today a $100,000 grant to the Southern African Wildlife College (SAWC) to support training and anti-poaching operations to protect rhinos in the wild. The SAWC provides training to natural resource managers from across Africa. As part of its applied learning approach, the SAWC also directly operates...
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