Founders Day Long Term Service Awards 2017

“Founder’s Day not only celebrates the day on which HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh unveiled the foundation stone of the Southern African Wildlife College in 1996,  but highlights the fact that every staff member has jointly played a role in the organisation’s success.” This was the message from Southern African Wildlife College CEO...
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Elna and Sboniso

What it means to be a mentor, by Elna de Beer

“Joining the college in January 2017 to take up mentoring of Sboniso Phakathi, the person who became responsible for the RISE Unit at the end of 2016, was a decision based on the SAWC CEO’s belief in the ability of a young team and the courage to formally introduce mentorship as an innovative management and...
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Jeppe Boys’ Society and West Bengal Forestry Division

Jeppe Boys’ Society Since the last Bateleur addition, we have had the honor of hosting Jeppe Boys High School for their annual camp from 4-7 October 2017. SAWC has so much to offer schools in terms of giving the youth the tangible feel of what some of conservation career involve making the visit both fun...
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PH Assessment grading tool

Sustainable Use and Field Guiding: PH grading assessment tool

Our 2016/2017 Professional Hunting course has finally come to an end, the final semester examinations have been written and all students have thankfully passed. Our students have therefore completed the theoretical component of their studies here, and they will next year be doing the practical component – that of being an ‘appie’ or apprentice for...
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SADC Bridging Course

Youth Access: SADC Bridging Course

On the 27th September 2017. The Southern African Wildlife College (SAWC) recognised 27 learners from the wider SADC Region who completed a six-month-long Introduction to Conservation and Environmental Education bridging programme. The memorable event was attended by approximately 50 guests, including graduates family and friends, donors, stakeholders, staff etc. The morning began with the drill demonstration...
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K-9 UNIT: Pack Leader and nutritional requirements

The feeding of the SAWC’s K-9 unit’s dogs is an expensive exercise – to the tune of about R 20 000 per month.  There is no getting away from the fact that our dogs need to be fed, so let’s do it ‘right’.  This is where Pack Leader, the distributors of ACANA and ORIJEN dog food...
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Anti-poaching Rangers at Sea

The African Field Ranger Training Services Division was involved in several other training interventions during September.  Most noteworthy was the start or the Selection process in the Zinave National Park in Mozambique.  This process precedes the Basic Field Ranger training intervention planned for most of September running into October.  The team consisted of Frank MacCarter,...
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Last year (2017) was a year of change for the Natural Resource Management Department, which included a change of managers in addition to the beginning of a change in curriculum. As a now fully registered Higher Education Institute, the College is in the process of improving the quality of teaching and materials in alignment with...
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Innovative wastewater treatment project flows

On campus at the Southern African Wildlife College (SAWC), we are installing an innovative new wastewater treatment system. As the system has only been used at one other site so far, setting it up at SAWC is an opportunity for applied learning.   The new system takes the ideas of constructed wetlands and makes them...
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