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2020 Report – Academic Support and Quality Assurance

We started off 2020 at full steam with the usual events to welcome new students and then less than three months later we were frantically making travel arrangements to ensure all our students were able to reach their homes before lockdown was implemented. Simultaneously we were gathering information on the pandemic to educate staff and...
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2020 Report – Academic Policy and Sector Advancement

Without repeating the obvious this year was quite something! However, instead of speaking of the trials and tribulations that many have experienced, the unit would prefer to speak about opportunity. For many of us, the incredible harshness of the lockdown forced us to re-evaluate personal and professional assumptions. “In my case, the assumptions about what...
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Research and Innovation for the ALU in 2020

Despite restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic,  the Applied Learning Unit (ALU) has continued with its projects and development. In doing so, the ALU uses research and innovation to address the information required by practitioners, policy makers and rural communities in conservation. The unit addresses these requirements by continuing the development of a wide variety...
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AIGLH Post Covid 19

COVID-19 is just one of many ongoing challenges communities living in KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga face.  A recent community leadership development programme run near conservation sites in both provinces has highlighted that developing agility and self-belief leads to more empowered, resilient and invested stakeholders – which is vital for the long-term sustainability of conservation in these...
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Support our K9 Christmas Gift Campaign

The SAWC’s K9 unit is one of the most innovative and successful applied learning projects in Africa. Its anti-poaching successes on the ground have increased exponentially in recent years largely due to the four-tiered approach adopted to test best practice. This includes rangers, dogs, aerial support and community engagement.In supporting rangers on the ground, the...
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SAWC appoints new head of ranger training

A new leader steps up to manage the training of aspirant and seasoned field rangers The Southern African Wildlife College extends a very warm welcome to Mr. Altin Gysman, the new head of its Protected Area Integrity Department, which includes its African Field Ranger Training Services Unit, its K9 Unit and its Aerial Support unit....
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Update from the Applied Learning Department

The present crisis has affected us all. Technology will be one of the ways to help mitigate some of the resultant work-associated problems. However, we require the necessary staff to help in this regard, not just from an IT maintenance point of view but also in the development of systems to allow us to continue...
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A word from HR: Navigating unchartered waters

The global COVID-19 pandemic has forever changed our experiences―as customers, employees, citizens, humans―and our attitudes and behaviours are changing as a result. As companies are pushed into uncertain waters, they need to rapidly operate in new ways, and systems resilience is being tested as never before. As businesses juggle a range of new systems priorities...
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Word from our Protected Area Integrity Unit on Field Ranger Training

The announcement of the Covid-19 virus pandemic and subsequent lock-down based on Levels 5 to 1 as announced by government has been noted and considered both by the College and by the Protected Area Integrity Unit as regards its operations and field ranger training. The original Declaration of the pandemic as a National Disaster in...
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