Gawie’s Field News, February 2018

The rain, or rather the lack thereof has been the subject of a lot of conversation lately. We have been living in hope the last couple of weeks. Meteorologists have been predicting good rain almost daily for our region and it has been hot and humid enough to warrant this but the rain just never seems to...
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Staff news

The end of 2017/ beginning of 2018 saw us usher in two new members of the SAWC “family”, when Professor Mtungwa (SHEQ/ Dispatch Officer: Maintenance) and his wife, Tebogo Mahlake (Receptionist) brought a beautiful baby girl into the world on 18 November 2018. Tebogo returned to work at the end of January, and as she...
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Training conducted

The Community Development and Youth Access department implemented one Short Course and the local Youth Access Bridging Course: An Introduction to Conservation and Environmental Education during the first quarter of 2018. The Short Course programme was implemented at Rooiberg under the authority of Limpopo Wildlife Business Incubator who funded 15 students. The four day short...
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Student, Refiloe Mathetse, looking at parasite eggs in a wildebeest dung sample

Parasites to pachyderms

Recently the Colleges’ Higher Certificate Class (Nature Conservation) had the privilege of visiting the warden station of one of the Balule reserves, Parsons Nature Reserve, bordering the Kruger National Park. This excursion was part of the practical component of their Conservation Management Planning module. On the day of the excursion we left the College at...
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Baba Mchunu and Bhejane

Bhejane met the ‘Messenger of Mayibuye’

As part of the RISE team Bhejane, the unit’s mascot, also travelled to Mayibuye in December 2017, where he met Mr. Khuphuka Mchunu, known as the Messenger of Mayibuye. Baba Mchunu, now 82 years old, was removed from his home in 1963. After the first democratic elections in South Africa, land restitution became a high...
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Patterson also wrote “On examining his head, I found that a .303 bullet had smashed out one of his tusks, for the track of the bullet was left in the tooth stump. I must have given him a bad toothache the night he attacked.

The man-eaters of Tsavo

If you saw the movie “The Ghost And The Darkness” you’ll know something about the Tsavo man-eating lions. This is a story that has long fascinated me so I jumped at the opportunity while on a recent trip the USA to visit the Chicago Field Museum where these most famous lions now reside. For those...
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students for SUFG in the field

First NQF Level 2 Dangerous Game Site Guide Course For 2018

The first National Qualification Framework (NQF) Level 2 Dangerous Game Site Guide course to be conducted by the Sustainable Use and Field Guiding department started Monday 22 January with the arrival of its ten participants. They are a diverse and interesting mixture of students. Sam Beavers and Graham Scott hale from the USA. Matt Rogerson...
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News from Southern African Wildlife College Trust (SAWCT)

2017 represented the Trust’s 17th year in keen support of education in nature and wildlife conservation at the College. Highlights of the year included our AGM in July, attending the graduation of the HET students at the College in November, and the awarding of the highly-prized three SAWCT scholarships and two SAWCT bursaries for 2018. Our...
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Governance development at the Mayibuye Game Reserve

The Mayibuye Game Reserve (MGR) is in KwaZulu Natal Province and lies on the north eastern side of Camperdown, 45km from Durban and 40km from Pietermaritzburg on the N3, the main arterial road running from Durban to Johannesburg. The local community, the Ximba people, were awarded a land restitution claim in terms of a settlement...
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