Oceans Without Borders and Southern African Wildlife College

During the 2022 Tusk Conservation Symposium in Kenya, a Collaboration Grant of USD 2000 was awarded to the Africa Foundation – Oceans Without Borders (OWB) Programme and the Southern African Wildlife College (SAWC). This enabled participation in a knowledge exchange linked to OWB’s Community Conservation (C&C) monitor programme on Benguerra Island. Dr Tessa Hempson and...
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Community and Youth Dept Update – Dec 2022

Equipped with a vision of educating and empowering next generation of environmental protectors and leaders, the Community and Youth Development (CYD) department had a successful 2022 when it managed the implementation the Advanced Certificate Trans-Frontier Conservation Management (TFCA) which will make way for the three-year Diploma offering, the Natural Resource Management, Terrestrial, the conservation Bridging...
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Airwing Update – Dec 2022

Bruce McDonald and the SAWC Air-wing team The SAWC Air-wing has had a relatively busy two months over the October-November period. There were 150 conservation hours flown with most of our efforts focused on rhino de-horning operations within the Associated Private Nature Reserves (APNR) and other Private Nature Reserves. Rhino de-horning projects were conducted in the...
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K9 Unit Update – December 2022

By Johan Van Straaten – Dog Master The last quarter of the year has included a few highlights for the team but the most exciting news is that we can officially announce that the Skukuza satellite unit has finally opened, with more than half of our operational dogs being moved there. This will be a game...
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What is it like to be a Field Ranger Trainer?

By John MakgokaOn 3 October 2022, the Field Ranger Advanced Course started at Bahnine National Park (BNP) in Mozambique. The management team at the park were hospitable and we were looking forward to begin training. Thirty current rangers attended the course in total. The first group consisted of 16 people and the second 14 with...
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Braveheart Ranger Leadership Development Course

By Altin Gysman – Head: Protected Area Integrity/African Field Ranger Training ServicesThe fifth Braveheart Ranger Leadership Development Course, which was the last course for 2022, concluded with great success.  Eighteen (18) students from different areas/organisations  including Mpumalanga Tourism Parks Agency (MPTA), Waterberg and Greater Kruger Environmental Protection Foundation (GKEPF) were represented during the three-week course. ...
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Banhine Eco Ranger Training 

By Pieter Nel – Senior Trainer On Friday, 21 October Geraldine Sibuyi and I left for Banhine National Park in Mozambique to conduct Eco Ranger training.  It was with a sense of trepidation that we turned off the tarred road at Moucoumbe. The sand road had very little signage to indicate if we were on the...
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A collaborative visit to MMWCA, Kenya 

By Pieter Nel, Senior Trainer  One of the Tusk Collaboration grants awarded to College was used to assess how two training providers, the College and the Masai Mara Wildlife Conservancies Association (MMWCA), can best collaborate in future endeavours, focusing on our Eco Ranger programme. This programme promotes training for cattle herders within communities in order...
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Round up from our Student and Programme Support Department

The last quarter of the year always seems to be the busiest for our Student and Programme Support team. As a core department within the College, we provide services and support to other units. This time of the year it’s always all hands-on-deck for the College and its staff. Our intrepid intern Risuna Mashele has...
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