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The SAWC’s Vaccination Policy

The Southern African Wildlife College (SAWC) Vaccination Policy (MVP) serves as the policy framework for all Covid-19 management and mitigation activities to reduce the risk of Covid-19 to staff, visitors, residents, students and contractors, both on and offsite.The implementation of the policy is to protect the lives of our employees, their families, our students and...
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Resilient Communities

COVID-19 fallout is undermining nature conservation efforts. Can more resilient communities mitigate these negative effects?The pandemic has significantly impacted nature conservation around the globe, including job losses among protected area rangers, reduced antipoaching patrols and environmental protection rollbacks, according to a collection of new research papers published by the IUCN in a special issue of...
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Great progress with BIOPAMA Grant

The Biopama Grant which kicked off in the first quarter of 2021 is progressing well. The Southern African Wildlife College is very proud to have the support of the European Union and the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States through the BIOPAMA Programme. In support of the grant, the SAWC has partnered with the Ivan...
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Seven lessons about conservation leadership

What happens when you take 59 leaders from eight African countries, representing dozens of conservation organisations, and guide them on a collaborative, intergenerational learning journey? You gain incredible insights into trends and issues at a critical time for the conservation sector, suggests Elsbeth Dixon, from leadership development organisation, Common Purpose. For the last two years,...
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Trainee Reviews – Field Ranger Advanced Course

We started the course on 25 April 2021 which was completed on 07 May 2021. We were four male students from various nature reserves. Two of us came from Thanda Private Game Reserve, one from Klaserie Private Nature Reserve, and one of us was from the SAWC. We have learnt different operational tactics in the...
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Out of adversity comes strength

By Brad Craven – Director and Founder of WFAW – Warriors for African Wildlife I served in the U.S. Navy for 4 years 2003-2007 deploying to Iraq and Korea. When I returned home I struggled as many Veterans do. I coached and trained my younger brother Sam who has Cerebral Palsy and slight autism in...
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A workable alternative to patchwork/mosaic burning

The last fifteen years has seen an increase in popularity of patchwork, or mosaic, burning in preference to the traditional block burning.  The main argument in favour of mosaic burns is that cool fires are less destructive, and a more diverse landscape is created with the resulting animal diversity cited as being a major upside....
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Rising Up – Coaching Conservation Kicks Off

After much anticipation and excitement from the local schools, The Investec funded Coaching Conservation (CC) programme kicked off on 17 May with Muchuchi Primary School. The coaches were in high spirits ready to deliver the lessons, and the children were colorful and sprightly in their rebranded apparel.
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SANParks & the SAWC continue to strengthen ties

Given the legacy and evolution of the long-standing relationship between South African National Parks (SANParks) and the Southern African Wildlife College (SAWC), the two entities recently entered into a Memorandum of Agreement to formalise their collaboration and cooperation moving forward.
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