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Sponsor a Student

By supporting a student at the Southern African Wildlife College (SAWC) you will be helping to conserve Africa’s wildlife in perpetuity.

 

The SAWC’s  Sponsor-A-Student Campaign has been created in recognition of the fact that conservation education and training is not well funded in southern Africa. Despite the importance of providing training in skills as diverse as anti-poaching techniques, wildlife-conflict management, community-based natural resource management, geographic information systems, tracking and infrastructure development, little or no government funding is provided. Students who go on to become Protected Area Managers, Community Extension Officers, Field Guides, Game Rangers and Environmental Education Officers (most of whom come from historically disadvantaged communities) are thus reliant on financial support by way of bursaries and donor funds to complete their training and bolster their current skills.

The Sponsor a Student Campaign gives you the opportunity to help wildlife management students further their studies or acquire the skills needed for their career advancement. By providing direct financial assistance to an eligible individual you can be assured that your contribution will not only help that person to reach his or her full potential but will also make a meaningful difference to the quality of his/her life, and to conservation in Africa; both now and in the future. 

 

Let’s meet the ten conservation students who are still in need of life-changing bursaries this year. They’re studying for their Higher and Advanced Certificates in Nature Conservation: Transfrontier Conservation Management that will allow them to return to their national parks equipped with critical skills for the management and conservation of vulnerable wild areas.

 

Training in the Advanced Certificate in Nature Conservation: Transfrontier Conservation Management

 

António Hilário Chemane

Committed conservationist with a proven track-record of self-improvement.

“I am extremely grateful, on a daily basis, not only to the donors who have funded my education and self-betterment so far but also to the responsible people from my workplace who have given me the chance to serve the nation and especially the Limpopo National Park. I look forward to performing improved services after my successful completion of the course. I want to become a highly valued and  professional asset in wildlife conservation.” – António Chemane.

António’s career in conservation started in 2001 and developed over the 18 years he has spent in the field in Limpopo National Park. He has three different training courses at the Southern African Wildlife College under his belt and also completed his secondary schooling as an adult, thirty years after he finished primary school in 1980.

Almost two decades of hard work pursuing a career in conservation, showing loyalty to his organisation, achieving promotions, and continually seeking more advanced training, António is now a student of the Advanced Certificate in Nature Conservation and we are seeking funding to help him complete his studies.

He was initially employed as a Forest and Wildlife Field Ranger in Limpopo National Park and shortly afterwards was promoted and awarded a senior position as Camp Manager in 2005. By 2007, he furthered his Field Ranger training at the SAWC, and then returned 10 years later as a student of the Higher Certificate in Nature Conservation course.

António requires support towards the R75 000 needed for his bursary, which will enable him to complete his studies. This is an amount that he does not have access to personally, which is why the SAWC as a non-profit organisation is calling upon a network of donors and supporters to help raise these funds. By donating any amount, large or small, you are playing a crucial role in helping António receive the best possible training for his career in conservation – and equipping him to contribute to the conservation of the Limpopo National Park.

Sponsor António

 

Eduardo Hélio Jordão Mufume

Passionate about community and conservation

“I chose to study at the SAWC because of the incredible opportunities presented, particularly to meet students from other countries within the conservation arena. I am enthusiastic about the fact that we can share knowledge with each other on managing natural resources, and what works for different areas. I am very happy to be at the SAWC as it is the best place to learn about wildlife management and conservation” – Eduardo Mufume

Eduardo has fulfilled a professional role in Limpopo National Park in his home country of Mozambique since 2011. His job in the park’s Community Support Programme is crucial for developing agricultural and livestock management in the Chicualacuala buffer zone, where he works towards mitigating human-wildlife conflict in the area. Earlier in Eduardo’s career, he gained a qualification in agro-livestock and later worked with the Mozambican Council to address issues of food security in areas where local subsistence farming encroached on protected wildlife areas.

For the past 12 years, Eduardo’s career has developed within the conservation sector with a particular focus on communities bordering national parks. Now, after scoring highly in the entrance examinations and being nominated by ANAC, he is attending the Southern African Wildlife College with the ambition of completing his Advanced Certificate in Nature Conservation. He believes this qualification will enhance his knowledge and skills in biodiversity management, engender an appreciation and better understanding of wildlife in the community, and mitigate issues related to bush encroachment and human-wildlife conflict.

Eduardo requires support towards the R75 000 needed for his bursary. This is an amount that he does not have access to personally, which is why the SAWC as a non-profit organisation is calling upon a network of donors and supporters to help raise these funds. By donating any amount, large or small, you are playing a crucial role in helping Eduardo receive the best possible training for his career in conservation.

Sponsor Eduardo

 

Patrick Mkhabela

Local man with big dreams and a passion for conservation

“My career objective is to become a Section Ranger in the Kruger National Park, and I believe that completing my Advanced Certificate course at the SAWC will assist me in ultimately reaching my goal.” – Patrick Mkhabela

Patrick is a resident of Hluvukani Village, which is located on the outside border of the Kruger National Park and Manyeleti Game Reserve in South Africa in the Southern African Wildlife College’s immediate surroundings.

He is a professional Field Guide with seven years of experience, currently working for South African National Parks (SANParks) at Olifants Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park – one of the country’s most prestigious wildlife areas and tourism hubs. Patrick is the face of ethical tourism as a representative of the Kruger National Park and his role contributes to protecting natural biodiversity by encouraging a global appreciation for wilderness. His career is an example of integrating residents of local communities into the tourism sector and creating a workforce for conservation.

Now, Patrick is enrolled in the SAWC’s Advanced Certificate in Nature Conservation – an opportunity he describes as the chance to better his conservation ethics, values, wilderness principles, and environmental legislation, which will prepare him for career growth within SANParks.

Patrick requires support towards the R75 000 needed for his bursary. This is an amount that he does not have access to personally, which is why the SAWC as a non-profit organisation is calling upon a network of donors and supporters to help raise these funds. By donating any amount, large or small, you are playing a crucial role in helping Patrick receive the best possible training for his career in conservation.

Sponsor Patrick

 

Bernard Linda Nkosi 

Disciplined and commited and eager to learn

“The SAWC offers quality education and skills which is helping me to get more knowledge and skills in wildlife management. What I am learning will also help me to address problems such as poaching and littering. I want to become a well-qualified nature conservationist. I am 47 years old already but with this opportunity I can help make a real difference as I am a well disciplined and keen to learn.”

Bernard is a qualified Field Ranger working in Mthethomusha Game Reserve on the southwestern boundary of the Kruger National Park. Bernard has a 19-year-long career with the Mpumalanga Parks and Tourism Agency where he is still employed, dedicating the vast majority of his professional life to serving South Africa’s tourism industry through his work in conservation.

Right now, Bernard is enrolled in the Advanced Certificate in Nature Conservation class at the Southern African Wildlife College (SAWC) and hopes to complete what will be his third course here. Fourteen years ago, in 2005, he attended the SAWC as a Natural Resource Management student, giving him the skills and training to better equip him for a job in wildlife management, and then later, in 2012, he returned to the College to train as a Field Ranger.

Bernard’s passion for the natural world and innate self-discipline has seen him succeed in his career, which, as a Field Ranger, includes daily patrols to ensure the security of the of Mthethomusha Game Reserve, producing reports, and understanding and actioning required law enforcement. Bernard’s ultimate goal is to become a qualified Nature Conservationist and to create environmental awareness around the value of wildlife and wilderness areas in local communities, and to address issues of poaching and littering.

Bernard requires support towards the R75 000 needed for his bursary. This is an amount that he does not have access to personally, which is why the SAWC as a non-profit organisation is calling upon a network of donors and supporters to help raise these funds. By donating any amount, large or small, you are playing a crucial role in helping Bernard receive the best possible training for his career in conservation.

Sponsor Bernard

 

Sabelo Sandiso Roman

From Table Mountain to the bushveld – it all needs protecting

“I believe that the Southern African Wildlife College is the only place that offers a hands-on approach to wildlife area management and will give me the best holistic understanding of conservation. I want to be able to give back the knowledge I learn during my studies and to assist my colleagues and those reporting to me.” – Sabelo Roman

Sabelo is a Ranger Sergeant managing a team of Field Rangers in Table Mountain National Park in Cape Town where he has been stationed since 2018. Prior to this position, Sabelo was a Field Ranger in Garden Route National Park, first based in Wilderness in 2012, and then in Knysna where he worked for five years. His accumulated experience in the field has equipped him with the practical skills needed in his career, protecting and defending wildlife areas, and his loyalty and discipline have led him to his current senior rank.

What Sabelo is now working to improve is his knowledge and understanding of conservation as a whole, and learning how he can better use his position as Ranger Sergeant to teach and implement best practice in the management of natural biodiversity.

To achieve his goal of reaching higher ranks in management and potentially becoming a Section Ranger, Sabelo enrolled in the Advanced Certificate in Nature Conservation class at the Southern African Wildlife College, but he requires support towards the R75 000 needed for his bursary. This is an amount that he does not have access to personally, which is why the SAWC as a non-profit organisation is calling upon a network of donors and supporters to help raise these funds. By donating any amount, large or small, you are playing a crucial role in helping Sabelo receive the best possible training for his career in conservation

Sponsor Sabelo

 

Training in the Higher Certificate in Nature Conservation: Implementation and Leadership

 

Tumi Ndaba

Fire Fighter turned Field Ranger, creating awareness in her community.

When I go back to my community, I want to be able to spread awareness about nature conservation and tell people why it is important to protect our natural assets. I hope to grow my understanding of conservation and biodiversity management through my enrolment at the Southern African Wildlife College and become Reserve Manager one day.” – Tumi Ndaba

Tumi grew up and attended school in Cwebe on South Africa’s Wild Coast, and today she is employed in the Dwesa-Cwebe Nature Reserve as a Field Ranger, where she works to conserve the natural environment that has always been on her doorstep. It was shortly after finishing high school that Tumi began working to conserve nature. Her introduction to the field was through Working on Fire where she became a veld and forest fire fighter, trained in fire management planning, fire detection, prevention, suppression, and creating community fire awareness. It wasn’t long before Tumi moved up the ranks and became a crew leader in her second year at Working on Fire, proving her dedication and commitment to her training and her role. In 2014, she joined the Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency where she is now employed as a Field Ranger responsible for ensuring that all areas of the Dwesa Nature Reserve are secure.

As a life-long member of her local community, Tumi has the ability to lead by example through her career in conservation, passing on the knowledge she has gained thus far in her career and creating environmental awareness.

Tumi requires support towards the R75 000 needed for her bursary. This is an amount that she does not have access to personally, which is why the SAWC as a non-profit organisation is calling upon a network of donors and supporters to help raise these funds. By donating any amount, large or small, you are playing a crucial role in helping Tumi receive the best possible training for her career in conservation.

Sponsor Tumi

 

Vusi Mthethwa

Self-motivated and pursuing greater achievements in his career.

“I believe that that being enrolled at the Southern African Wildlife College will give me the skills, knowledge, and training I needs to grow my career in as a Field Guide into a conservation management position.”

Vusi is a senior Field Guide in the Kruger National Park, based at Olifants Rest Camp, which is one of the busiest tourism hubs in the country. Growing up in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga, the Kruger National Park was on Vusi’s doorstep and he was inspired to start his career in wildlife tourism. Through hard work and determination to receive the training he needed to become a guide, he began work in the nearby Karongwe Private Game Reserve where he spent five years. Since then, Vusi found employment at SANParks where he now occupies a position as a senior field guide, reflecting the growth he has achieved in his career.

Vusi requires support towards the R75 000 needed for his bursary. This is an amount that he does not have access to personally, which is why the SAWC as a non-profit organisation is calling upon a network of donors and supporters to help raise these funds. By donating any amount, large or small, you are playing a crucial role in helping Vusi receive the best possible training for his career in conservation.

Sponsor Vusi

 

Citty Advocate Mushele

Determination to achieve what he puts his mind to.

“My previous jobs did not offer me experience in what I studied at college, but I worked hard and saw them as opportunities to learn from people who were experienced in their own fields. I gained effective communication and team work skills, which will help through my course at the Southern African Wildlife College and grow my career in conservation.”

Citty completed his diploma in hardware engineering at Arise Business College in Limpopo Province, South Africa, and then he took up work as a petrol attendant at a local garage. He persevered and soon moved to a clerk position at a grocery store where he spent another year.

Today, Citty is a trained senior field guide employed in the Kruger National Park where he looks once again to his managers for inspiration. Learning from more experienced professionals, he knew that in order to achieve his dreams of becoming a public speaker for environmental issues, such as rhino poaching, he would need to build his skills and training in conservation. Now, he is enrolled at the Southern African Wildlife College in the Higher Certificate in Nature Conservation course, which he believes is the key to equipping him with the necessary knowledge and experience.

Citty requires support towards the R75 000 needed for his bursary. This is an amount that he does not have access to personally, which is why the SAWC as a non-profit organisation is calling upon a network of donors and supporters to help raise these funds. By donating any amount, large or small, you are playing a crucial role in helping Citty receive the best possible training for his career in conservation.

Sponsor Citty

 

Derrick Blaze Mashego

Field Ranger working towards a Diploma in conservation

“Through my job with Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency, I have learned the importance of conserving our natural area, and now I dream of climbing higher within my organisation so that I can use my platform to educate my community about the environment and what it means to conserve it for future generations.”

Derrick Mashego is a Field Ranger in the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, one of South Africa’s most celebrated natural areas, rich in biodiversity and home to the third largest canyon in the world. Protecting the integrity of this wild space in an area that is at risk of human encroachment is a job of vital importance. As a Field Ranger, Derrick is responsible not only for patrolling the reserve and performing security checks, but he works to control alien plant invasion and erosion, collects data on biodiversity and generates reports, maintains the fences and infrastructure, and monitors safety aspects of the reserve.

Taking the next step in his career, Derrick enrolled at the Southern African Wildlife College where he is currently taking the Higher Certificate in Nature Conservation course, which will equip him with the knowledge and skills he needs to help conserve the Blyde Canyon Nature Reserve and will open up opportunities for him to go on and get his diploma.

Derrick can only complete his course with the help of generous donors contributing towards the R75 000 needed for his bursary. This is an amount that he does not have access to personally, which is why the SAWC as a non-profit organisation is calling upon a network of donors and supporters to help raise these funds. By donating any amount, large or small, you are playing a crucial role in helping Derrick receive the best possible training for his career in conservation.

Sponsor Derrick

 

Zandile Pureen Mdluli

Passionate House Keeper driven to become a Field Ranger

“My job as a housekeeper for nine years at Nooitgedacht Nature Reserve has given me the inspiration to learn more about nature and how to protect it. Now I want to become a Field Ranger so that I can look after the environment I have always worked in.”

Zandile transitioned from her earlier career as a cashier to now being a long-time employee of Mpumalanga Parks and Tourism Agency. She took the plunge and enrolled at the Southern African Wildlife College in the Higher Certificate in Nature Conservation course this year, believing that this would be her best opportunity to develop her desired career as a Field Ranger. As a House Keeper, Zandile has a different background to many of her fellow students, many of whom are already qualified Field Rangers and Field Guides, and her ambition to join the ranks of conservationists is all the more admirable. She believes the SAWC is the best opportunity she has at reaching her goal, and that completing this course is the first step of many.

Zandile’s dream to become a Field Ranger will take her from inside to the great outdoors, and her journey there will equip her with the information, skills, and training she needs to carry out her duty and inspire others to follow in her footsteps.

Zandile requires support towards the R75 000 needed for her bursary. This is an amount that she does not have access to personally, which is why the SAWC as a non-profit organisation is calling upon a network of donors and supporters to help raise these funds. By donating any amount, large or small, you are playing a crucial role in helping Zandile receive the best possible training for her career in conservation.

Sponsor Zandile

 

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