RRU Module

Responsible Resource Use Course

Course ID
RRU Module
Responsible Resource Management
Various instructors
Campus, Online
5 training days


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 theoretical background to RRU, and a simple tool that can be applied to participant’s home and workplaces to make tangible changes to improve how resources are used. We all must be aware of, and take responsibility for, how we live and what we use.

What does the course Entail? 

The course comprises of 5 days, of which the first 2 days are theory and learning to use the ‘RRU Assessment Tool’. The last three days will be spent on field excursions, which will expose students to a wide variety of responsible resource use applications in the Greater Kruger Landscape. These will vary according to the location of the courses. The courses are divided between the northern, central and southern areas of the Greater Kruger. 

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

Soon after completing the contact course, students will be required to submit an assignment, which includes completing the ‘RRU Assessment Tool’ and writing a short summative report based on the field excursions experienced. 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. The collaborative work forms the foundation for all formats of RRU courses from diploma modules, this course through to a ‘1-hour’ introductory session.

Target Group

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.

Entry level 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. Need to be wary of it being delegated down to those with no ‘clout’ and not right educational background/level – lots packed into 5 days.

Fluent / competent in written and spoken EnglishComputer literate

Prospective candidates should be critical thinkers, willing to engage and participate in process.

Preference will be given to women and youth (under 25)

Selected participants MUST commit to attending FULL 5 days if attending in the person-contact course.

Exit Level Outcomes

NQF Level 5 certification

After the course participants will be able to:

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

Identify the Characteristics of RRU

Classify Resources and Liabilities in the environmental resource use context

Identify who has responsibility & who should be 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

Learn the importance communicating Responsible Resource Use

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.