SAWC National Certificate Natural Resources Management: Terrestrial Class of 2020 complete their qualification in the midst of covid-19

The Southern African Wildlife College always strives to produce the best quality of conservationists across the region. This year we congratulate NRM NQF 5 Class of 2020 who joined a great pool of alumni of conservationists by completing the National Certificate in Natural Resource Management, Terrestrial; on 26 November 2020. The Covid-19 pandemic forced Schools, Colleges and Universities to shut abruptly and SAWC was not an exception, but the class was determined to overcome any obstacles and continue moving forward. 

That progress didn’t happen by accident or fate. The message was clear when the SAWC reopened its doors for the students again: commitment, focus, dedication and more work were required. Slogans like: “No one should be left behind”, “chase the dream”,” keep your head low and work hard”, were the order of the day. For the NRM NQF 5 Class of 2020, it’s all been worth it as they have gained a unique qualification that sets the foundation for management of our protected areas across southern Africa. This diverse course opens many avenues for career progression and growth in the conservation sector. 

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s graduating NRM NQF 5 class of 2020 missed traditional milestones like prom and physical graduations. The best performing female student, Maidance Moyahabo Sekgobela, the best practical and workplace performing student, Bradley Koopman and the best overall performing student, Maurtan Fleur, both from SANParks walked away with prizes and awards.

Graduates of the NQF 5 Class of 2020

Maidance Sekgobela, Maurtan Fleur and Theresa Sowry

We thank organisations such as South African National Parks, Mpumalanga Parks and Tourism Agency, Zambian Wildlife Authority, Peace Parks Foundation, Limpopo Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism, African Parks, Frankfurt Zoological Society, East Cape Parks and Tourism Agency for sending us our 2020 South African-based students and for their continued support. To all donors that support the work that the College is doing, continue your generosity and support to develop the capacity of our heritage protectors.