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College loses member of its management team

It is with deep regret that we wish to inform you of the death of Andy (Andrew Bruce Crispin) Davies, Head of the Southern African Wildlife College’s Protected Area Integrity Business Unit. Andy sadly passed away this past weekend at his home in KwaZulu Natal from where he had been working for the past few months, largely as a result of the Covid19 travel restrictions.

He was a valued member of the College’s Management team, having joined the College in April 2019, when he took over the position from Ruben de Kock.  Andy had a range of multi-disciplinary experience in law enforcement, community relationship-building and conservation management, and had worked across Africa. His extensive experience in field ranger training, operational planning, counter poaching and park management will be sorely missed by his colleagues within the Protected Area Integrity and African Field Ranger Training Services department and by the College as a whole.

We mourn his passing as will many others in the industry including the International Rangers Federation and the Game Rangers Association of Africa (GRAA) where Andy helped develop training materials in consultation with various parties. This was aimed at helping to standardize and professionalize ranger training at both a basic and advanced level across the region; shaping not just the students but the future of the industry.

In his passing, we thank Andy for his ongoing commitment to providing field rangers with the highest standard of training to enable them to work on the frontlines in incredibly challenging conditions. May his soul rest in peace and may his memory live on.

Mr Altin Gysman will continue as Acting Head of the Protected Area Integrity Department, whilst the necessary HR procedures are followed.