Advanced Certificate in Nature Conservation: Transfrontier Conservation Management
An experienced female Field Ranger in a male-dominated industry, encouraging her community to work hand-in-hand with tourism to promote a healthy environment now and for the future.
“I want to help the young students in my community appreciate the value of a healthy ecosystem so that we can prevent further poaching of abalone and other endangered fauna and flora.”
Thandiwe hails from the Eastern Cape where she works for the provincial Parks and Tourism Agency at Island Game Reserve. She went back to school later in life to obtain her Grade 12 certificate, demonstrating her commitment to education under challenging circumstances. In 2018 she went on to complete her National Certificate in Nature Conservation at the Southern African Wildlife College and is now enrolled in the Advanced Certificate class.
Thandiwe’s training at the College has given her access to the knowledge and skills that boost the important work she carries out as a Field Ranger. Her 10-year long career has fostered an understanding for the value of biodiversity and developed a passion for uniting tourism and the community. Armed with the next level of training, Thandiwe will have the opportunity to be promoted to Senior Field Ranger and grow her position in conservation.
Thandiwe requires support towards the R75 000 needed for her bursary. This is an amount that she 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 Thandiwe receive the best possible training for her career in conservation.