Amount needed: R75,000.00
Bernard Linda Nkosi
Advanced Certificate in Nature Conservation Student from Mthethomusha Game Reserve
Disciplined, committed and eager to learn
“The SAWC offers quality education and skills which is helping me to get more knowledge and skills in wildlife management. What I am learning will also help me to address problems such as poaching and littering. I want to become a well-qualified nature conservationist. I am 47 years old already but with this opportunity I can help make a real difference as I am a well disciplined and keen to learn.”
Bernard is a qualified Field Ranger working in Mthethomusha Game Reserve on the southwestern boundary of the Kruger National Park. Bernard has a 19-year-long career with the Mpumalanga Parks and Tourism Agency where he is still employed, dedicating the vast majority of his professional life to serving South Africa’s tourism industry through his work in conservation.
Right now, Bernard is enrolled in the Advanced Certificate in Nature Conservation class at the Southern African Wildlife College (SAWC) and hopes to complete what will be his third course here. Fourteen years ago, in 2005, he attended the SAWC as a Natural Resource Management student, giving him the skills and training to better equip him for a job in wildlife management, and then later, in 2012, he returned to the College to train as a Field Ranger.
Bernard’s passion for the natural world and innate self-discipline has seen him succeed in his career, which, as a Field Ranger, includes daily patrols to ensure the security of the of Mthethomusha Game Reserve, producing reports, and understanding and actioning required law enforcement. Bernard’s ultimate goal is to become a qualified Nature Conservationist and to create environmental awareness around the value of wildlife and wilderness areas in local communities, and to address issues of poaching and littering.
Bernard requires support towards the R75 000 needed for his bursary. This is an amount that he does not have access to personally, which is why the SAWC as a non-profit organisation is calling upon a network of donors and supporters to help raise these funds. By donating any amount, large or small, you are playing a crucial role in helping Bernard receive the best possible training for his career in conservation.