RRU Module

Responsible Resource Use Course – Online

Course ID
RRU Module
Responsible Resource Management
Various instructors
Blended Learning, Online
Up to 4 weeks


The RRU course aims to introduce the concept of Responsible Resource Use and entrench it widely as a way of thinking about all resource use activities. RRU is a step beyond the “sustainable use” thinking which has been in use for the last 40 years. As such, it is holistic, inclusive, needs-driven and Afro-centric. The course provides the theoretical background to RRU, and provides a simple tool that can be applied to participant’s home and workplaces to make tangible changes to improve how resources are used.

Although places on these courses are funded until the end of 2022, the value of the Online Course is R3 000.

Why attend?

We all must be aware of, and take responsibility for how we live and what we use.

What does the online course entail? 

The course is presented on the online learning platform, Talent LMS, for up to four weeks per course. The first part is dedicated to theory and understanding the principles relating to RRU in a variety of different contexts and sectors.  The theory components are outlined below. The other part is learning to use the ‘RRU Assessment Tool’ and completing the assignment. There will be one or two webinars and / or online discussion sessions per week to facilitate learning and deepen understanding. The course contains many specially made videos and interviews to expose students to a wide variety of responsible resource use applications in the Greater Kruger Landscape. The students will use these videos to apply their new understanding to the assessment tool and complete the assignment.

As with all SAWC courses, the course is interactive and applied. Students are encouraged to participate and share their own experiences. 

By the end of the fourth week, the students will be required to submit an assignment, which includes completing the ‘RRU Assessment Tool’ and writing a short summative report based on the chosen videos / interviews watched.  The course is accredited at NQF Level 5 through the SAWC as a customized course. 

Note: The course content has been developed collaboratively over a period of 2+ years, by a wide spectrum of resource users and managers in the Greater Kruger landscape.

Basic Course Outline

Identify what RRU is and how it relates to Sustainability and Sustainable Use

Characteristics of RRU

Classify Resources and Liabilities in the environmental resource use context

Responsibility & enforcing it:

Identifying the resource users and patterns of resource use in the African context

Identify and describe land and resource use options that are responsible

Understand the effects of ownership and incentives on resource use

Communicating RRU

Who should apply?

Although the course is open to anyone, for the 2022 iterations of the RRU courses, preference will be given to people in the Greater Kruger Landscape to participate in, and benefit from, the E4D training, with specific consideration for team members of the E4D partners.

The intention is that participants will share the knowledge with their colleagues and implement the RRU principles in their respective sectors and workplaces to improve and influence industry standards.

Recommended participants:

  • Team leaders from E4D GKSDP partners and their associates
  • Conservation sector: area managers and NGOs, specifically personnel from the Protected Areas within the GLTFCA Cooperative Agreement structure.
  • Tourism sector: lodge personnel, members from hunters’ associations operating in the Greater Kruger, and other tourism personnel e.g. field guides, guiding businesses, travel agents, tourism operators from selected clusters in the Greater Kruger, and community suppliers to the tourism sector.
  • Agriculture sector: Landowners / managers, commercial fruit etc, livestock, and farming industry/suppliers etc. Specifically, people from the agricultural SMMEs identified through the K2C and SANParks scoping processes and Livestock farming representatives from key herding project areas, in the 3 Greater Kruger clusters.
  • Waste economy projects – specifically those already structured through established platforms under SANParks and K2C, (who are part of those oversight structures), with emphasis on community personnel involved in waste economy projects.
  • Education: teachers/lecturer working in the Greater Kruger.
  • Community structures: specifically, those identified through the GEF 6 Programme from three clusters; People and Parks representatives; Community forum representatives; Community Liaisons / Stewardship supervisors; Traditional Healers; and community leaders: from traditional authorities/CPAs.
  • Municipal: Environmental managers of the 9 local Municipalities and 3 District Municipalities of the Greater Kruger, developers, town planners, and similar.
  • Media: especially media representatives from within the Greater Kruger and those guided by SANParks, WWF Khetha, K2C and other Communication departments.
  • Other industries involved in / conducting business in and / or supplying services in the Greater Kruger Landscape, e.g., law enforcement / anti-poaching operations, retail: owners/managers/buyers, forestry, and the building industry.

Applicant requirements

For participants to gain the maximum benefit from the course it is recommended that they meet the following requirements:

  • Project / operational leaders, or similar level for the above target groups. – i.e., people who can take RRU/M agenda and apply it and / or move things forward. 
  • Fluent / competent in written and spoken English
  • Computer literate
  • Prospective candidates should be critical thinkers, willing to engage and participate in process.
  • Preference will be given to women and youth (under 25)

Online Course Dates


Start Date

End Date


Monday 12 September 2022

Sunday 9 October 2022


Monday 26 September 2022

Sunday 23 October 2022


Monday 10 October 2022

Sunday 6 November 2022


Monday 24 October 2022

Sunday 20 November 2022


Monday 7 November 2022

Sunday 4 December 2022

Notes for the Online Course:

  • Unfortunately, due to no-shows, we have had to include this note! If, for whatever reason you are unable to attend the course you have agreed to join, you MUST let the organisers know TWO FULL WORKING DAYS prior to the course starting, at the latest. Otherwise, you will be liable for the cost of the course: up to R3 000.
  • You will need to have access to a computer and a good internet connection (all at your own cost), so that you can watch videos online, engage with fellow participants, complete the assignment and attend online discussion groups etc.
  • Make sure you have been registered on the course by the Friday before the course starts. 
  • All students to submit a certified copy of their ID documents (for registration through the SAWC system)

This course is the product of an Employment and Skills for Development in Africa (E4D) funded programme in the Greater Kruger Landscape. The E4D Grant Agreement is supported by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). 

The Greater Kruger E4D Programme is led by Kruger National Park (KNP) of South African National Parks (SANParks) and is aligned with the Greater Kruger Strategic Development Programme’s (GKSDP) Strategic Objective of Increasing Employment and Sustaining Livelihoods implemented by the five selected partner organizations.

PH Assessment grading tool

The SAWC offers organisations and or private businesses the opportunity to enrol their staff for training in any of our short courses. Training can take place on campus, via online format, or on-site at a location preferred and provided by the client. Courses can be tailored according to the specific needs of the organisation.