The College’s, African Field Ranger Training Services Division had training interventions running throughout July. These training interventions comprised the following groups:
A Basic Field Ranger course was completed on 13 July with 10 students attending. Students hailed from Mpumalanga Parks and Tourism Agency, Richtersveld National Park, Thanda Private Game reserve, Olifants Private Game Reserve and also included two private students. The Trainers were Ruan de Flamingh and Excelent Macabe. The course was completed successfully.
A Selection for Sabi Sands Game Reserve was run from 1 July to 6 July. Fourteen (14) individuals were selected to be trained.
The Sabi Sands Game Reserve Field Ranger Basic course started on 15 July and will run to 24 August. The 14 individuals are being trained by Kabelo Mmoledi and Excellent Macabe.
A Field Ranger Basic course including 20 Gauteng Rural Agricultural Development Department individuals, four private Students and one Friends Of African Wildlife sponsored student started on 15 July as well and will also end on 24 August 2018. Altin Gysman is in charge of that training intervention.
The last Kruger National Park Leadership Training took place under Altin Gysman during the first week of July. In total 31 individuals from the Kruger National Park were trained. This training was sponsored by the Thin Green Line Foundation. This too has been completed successfully.
Training in the North West Parks continued with 40 Field Rangers being trained by Gawie van Deventer, Morne Jewell and John Mokgoka. The training intervention has been ongoing and will only be completed in December 2018. Six trainers are also being developed at the same time and meetings regarding the trainers will be held in Mahikeng.
As part of an international deployment, Clive van Rooyen is currently in Cambodia and will be there for 150 training days in total. This contract is to develop Protected Area Managers as well as Patrol Leader cadres for the Srepok Wildlife Conservancy in Cambodia. Clive deployed on 26 March and will return in August. This training intervention has been going reall well and we are looking forward to full success on completion.