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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 conservation students who are still in need of life-changing bursaries this year. They’re studying for their National 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

 

Alex Nkosi

Advanced Certificate in Nature Conservation: Transfrontier Conservation Management

Passionate Field Ranger working towards a Diploma in Nature Conservation.

“After completing this course, I look forward to taking on new responsibilities at work and hope to be promoted to a senior position. This qualification will allow me to lead my community to working with the municipality to conserve our environment.”

Field Ranger, Alex Nkosi, continues to pursue academic and occupational qualifications and is currently enrolled in his second course at the Southern African Wildlife College. In 2015, he graduated with a National Certificate in Natural Resource Management: Terrestrial, and prior to that he achieved a Diploma in Travel and Retail from MSC College.

Throughout his disciplined journey in tertiary education, Alex has worked as a Field Ranger for provincial parks. Over 10 years, he has gained experience at Songimvelo Nature Reserve where he is dedicated to monitoring and protecting South Africa’s endangered species. His work on the front line has equipped him with practical skills and first-hand experience in the field of anti-poaching and law enforcement.

Completing his Advanced Certificate in Nature Conservation will award him with a hard-earned Diploma and contribute significantly towards his goal of addressing issues of poaching, pollution, and climate change in his community.

Alex 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 Alex receive the best possible training for his career in conservation.

Sponsor Alex

 

Asina Qondani

Advanced Certificate in Nature Conservation: Transfrontier Conservation Management

Enthusiastic Field Ranger with a desire to build on his career as a defender of wildlife in South Africa. 

“Graduating from the Southern African Wildlife College will bring me closer to my goal of one day managing the reserve I work in. The knowledge and skills I gain on campus make me a thousand times better at my job.”

Asina has grown quickly in his career as a Field Ranger and he now has five years’ experience under his belt at only 32 years old. He has already graduated with a National Certificate in Nature Conservation from the Southern African Wildlife College and is now working towards his Diploma by enrolling in the Advanced Certificate course.

His employment at Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency for the past seven years is a testament to his dedication and loyalty to the role and the organisation. In service at Dwesa Cwebe Nature Reserve, Asina’s job involves data monitoring and collection, boundary patrol, and law enforcement in the field of anti-poaching, ultimately playing a crucial role in protecting wildlife and promoting conservation in this unique part of the country.

His goal is to grow his understanding of conservation as a whole and how it relates to the management of challenges specific to his environment, such as veld fires. Asina would like to take his practical and theoretical training to his community, where he hopes to teach environmentalism through workshops.

Asina 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 Asina receive the best possible training for his career in conservation.

Sponsor Asina

 

Mncedisi Enoch Qalaba

Advanced Certificate in Nature Conservation: Transfrontier Conservation Management 

A Field Ranger and proud father of daughters pursuing a Diploma in Nature Conservation.

“I want to expand my knowledge and grow my skills in conservation so that I can help raise awareness in my community. I hope to teach the next generation about the importance of conserving our environment and the SAWC is giving me to tools to do that.”

Enoch is a proud father of two girls and his priorities for the future revolve around a healthy environment for them. Working as a Field Ranger for the Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency for the past five years has given him insight into the challenges that exist in a local context, and he is motivated to help address them.

Completing his current course in the Advanced Certificate in Nature Conservation will be his second qualification attained at the SAWC having completed the National Certificate in 2017. Ultimately, he is determined to achieve his Diploma so that he can advance his position at Mkambati Nature Reserve and address localised conservation issues such as poaching, bush fires, and littering.

Enoch 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 Enoch receive the best possible training for his career in conservation.

Sponsor Enoch

 

Michael Siska

Advanced Certificate in Nature Conservation: Transfrontier Conservation Managemen 

A Parks and Wildlife Assistant and experienced anti-poaching ranger from Malawi passionate about helping his community overcome conflict with wildlife.

“Completing my qualification at the Southern African Wildlife College will help me improve anti-poaching techniques back home in Nyika National Park where I work.”

Michael has been working on the front line in anti-poaching since he acquired a training certificate in 2011. He has worked to mitigate human-wildlife conflict for the last eight years as an employee of Malawi’s Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW), based at Nyika National Park.

Since completing his schooling in 2008, Michael developed a career defending wildlife and maintaining the integrity of Malawi’s protected areas through counter poaching. His goal is to use the practical and theoretical tools gained at the SAWC to lead by example and to teach his community about the value of wildlife.

Michael 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 Michael receive the best possible training for his career in conservation.

Sponsor Michael

 

Nicholus Lief Mavimbela

Advanced Certificate in Nature Conservation: Transfrontier Conservation Management

A motivated Senior Ranger determined to enhance the capacity of his department and address the conservation challenges prevailing within his local community. 

“As a person in a leadership position, I look forward to learning the best ways to manage and motivate my team so that we can perform a greater service to the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency.”

Nicholus is a leader and has shown dedication and progress throughout his career, having pursued academic and practical training in the field of conservation for the past 24 years. He currently holds the position of Senior Conservation Ranger at Nooitgedacht Nature Reserve in Mpumalanga and has received an Environmental Educator qualification from UNISA as well we a National Certificate in Nature Conservation from the Southern African Wildlife College.

A self-professed family man, Nicholus is devoted not only to his area of expertise, but also to his children and his community. The importance of leading the next generation towards an appreciation for wildlife and nature is paramount in his endeavours.

Achieving his Advanced Certificate in Nature Conservation from the SAWC will help him combat issues around poaching and illegal harvesting of fauna within Nooitgedacht Nature Reserve

Nicholus 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 Nicholus receive the best possible training for his career in conservation.

Sponsor Nicholus 

 

Cynthia Mafuta

Advanced Certificate in Nature Conservation: Transfrontier Conservation Management

A Wildlife Police Officer with 13 years of anti-poaching experience in the bank and the determination to reach a managerial position in a national park in Zambia.

“One day I’d like to manage one of Zambia’s national parks and utilise my training to change the way my community thinks about the value of wildlife.”

Cynthia took an early opportunity to train and gain experience with the Zambian Wildlife Authority after graduating high school and has now worked in the field for more than a decade. She ensures the effective implementation of anti-poaching operations in Lochinvar National Park and helps to address the conservation challenges in her local community.

Cynthia previously graduated with a National Certificate in Nature Conservation from the Southern African Wildlife College and is now enrolled in the Advanced Certificate course. Upon completion of this course, she feels that she will be better equipped to mitigate human-wildlife-conflict and deforestation and use her knowledge and practical experience to engage her community in conservation.

Cynthia 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 Cynthia receive the best possible training for her career in conservation.

Sponsor Cynthia

 

Thandiwe Buyeye

Advanced Certificate in Nature Conservation: Transfrontier Conservation Management

An experienced female Field Ranger in a male-dominated industry, encouraging her community to work hand-in-hand with tourism to promote a healthy environment now and for the future.

“I want to help the young students in my community appreciate the value of a healthy ecosystem so that we can prevent further poaching of abalone and other endangered fauna and flora.”

Thandiwe hails from the Eastern Cape where she works for the provincial Parks and Tourism Agency at Island Game Reserve. She went back to school later in life to obtain her Grade 12 certificate, demonstrating her commitment to education under challenging circumstances. In 2018 she went on to complete her National Certificate in Nature Conservation at the Southern African Wildlife College and is now enrolled in the Advanced Certificate class.

Thandiwe’s training at the College has given her access to the knowledge and skills that boost the important work she carries out as a Field Ranger. Her 10-year long career has fostered an understanding for the value of biodiversity and developed a passion for uniting tourism and the community. Armed with the next level of training, Thandiwe will have the opportunity to be promoted to Senior Field Ranger and grow her position in conservation.

Thandiwe 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 Thandiwe receive the best possible training for her career in conservation.

Sponsor Thandiwe

 

Philimon Mpuwe

Advanced Certificate in Nature Conservation: Transfrontier Conservation Management

An Assistant Parks and Wildlife Officer at Mzuzu Nature Sanctuary with a wildlife management background and a belief in environmental education for young people in the local communities.

“As an SADC-recognised institution, the Southern African Wildlife College gives us the advantage of working with professionals from other countries. Learning how my fellow students manage conservation issues at home benefits the work I do at home in Malawi.”

Philimon strives to contribute to the effective management of the protected areas in his home country of Malawi. Attending the Southern African Wildlife College and attaining his Advanced Certificate in Nature Conservation will equip him with not only the training toolkit imparted by educators, but also by his peers.

His decade of experience in law enforcement, boundary patrol, research and planning has given him the perspective to understand conservation challenges in his community and the passion to help foster change. Compounding on a prior qualification in Wildlife Management from the Malawi College of Wildlife, Philimon’s current enrolment at the College is further preparing him to take on a decision-making role in his place of work.

Philimon 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 Philimon receive the best possible training for his career in conservation.

Sponsor Philimon

Training in the National Certificate in Natural Resource Management: Terrestrial

 

Andrew Msiza 

National Certificate in Natural Resource Management: Terrestrial

A committed senior Admin Officer in the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency with a three-decade-long career serving nature conservation in an administrative role.

“Graduating from the Southern African Wildlife College will allow me to further my career by opening up higher education opportunities and giving me the knowledge and skills to support Field Rangers.”

Andrew has spent almost 30 years of his career in service of nature conservation, starting out as an Administrative Clerk in South Africa’s Department of Agriculture and Nature Conservation in 1991. He was quickly promoted to a senior position and then employed by the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency in 1997, where he remains 23 years later.

Andrew’s dedication and loyalty to the role has seen him ascend within the organisation and benefit from training and teaching opportunities. His enthusiasm for conservation and law enforcement within the sector motivates him to continue upskilling and equipping himself in the field.

Looking ahead, Andrew acknowledges the shortage of conservation field workers and would like to use his qualifications to better assist Field Rangers. His goal is to use his official experience and personal insight into the conservation issues within his community to effect real change and unite community and municipality.

Andrew 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 Andrew receive the best possible training for his career in conservation.

Sponsor Andrew

 

Baricate Ndzunisani Ndlhovu

National Certificate in Natural Resource Management: Terrestrial

SAWC-trained Field Ranger determined to nurture a conservation ethic in her home community and build experience as an educator in natural resource management.

“Graduating with my National Certificate in Natural Resource Management will give me the skills I need to develop my career and become a leader, teaching others how to better look after our natural resources.”

Baricate was born and schooled in Limpopo, South Africa, and has worked in government service organisations since matriculating, but her passion and interest lie in conservation. Five years ago, she found employment at Modjadji Nature Reserve as a personal assistant and got the opportunity to attend an occupational qualification course at the Southern African Wildlife College, which equipped her to become a Field Ranger

Today, she carries out this profession at Man’ombe Nature Reserve, fulfilling law enforcement, reserve maintenance, and ecological management duties in the reserve. Through her interest in conservation, Baricate has established her goals for the future, and would like to address issues surrounding waste management, deforestation and veld fires, water shortages and poaching in her community.

Baricate 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 Baricate receive the best possible training for her career in conservation.

Sponsor Baricate

 

Bethwell Siza Malaza

National Certificate in Natural Resource Management: Terrestrial

Hard-working Field Ranger with a 10-year-plan to reach leadership in the field of natural resource management.

“Our biggest priority as Field Rangers is to protect the rhino before it is too late. We also need to focus on teaching the younger generation to value wildlife and make sure they benefit from conserving it.”

Bethwell has big dreams of reaching the top in the field of conservation, so that he will have the power to effect real change in his community. As a SAWC-trained Field Ranger with over 10 years’ experience, his work has been on the front line of anti-poaching.

Leading patrols, implementing law enforcement, and carrying out data capturing in the field have given him insight into the importance of biodiversity management. Now, through his National Certificate in Natural Resource Management at the College, Bethwell will be better equipped to share information and encourage participation from his community.

Bethwell 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 Bethwell receive the best possible training for his career in conservation.

Sponsor Bethwell

 

Jacob Motupa

National Certificate in Natural Resource Management: Terrestrial

Field Ranger motivating for long-term sustainable resource use within local community.

“I would like to be a competent leader in conservation and help to provide sustainable water sources for human and wildlife consumption and prevent the outbreak of veld fires that damage communities and the natural environment.”

Jacob is a Field Ranger at Modjadji Nature Reserve in South Africa’s Limpopo Province where his key responsibilities include law enforcement, veld management, fire-break execution, infrastructural maintenance, and ecological data collection.

Prior to his current employment with the Limpopo Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism (LEDET), Jacob completed a Field Ranger training course at the Southern African Wildlife College and gained practical experience at Hans Merensky Nature Reserve for two years.

Jacob also served his community soon after matriculating when he volunteered to survey livelihood analysis and water security for development programme, Kodumela. His insight into local issues in conservation has motivated him to want to make a difference and spread awareness about the importance of conserving natural resources.

In order to bring about as much effective change as possible in his line of work, Jacob wants to achieve his National Certificate in Natural Resource Management.

Jacob 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 Jacob receive the best possible training for his career in conservation.

Sponsor Jacob

 

Bradley Dean Koopman

National Certificate in Natural Resource Management: Terrestrial

A dedicated Section Ranger with experience in both marine and terrestrial conservation and a consistent track record of progression throughout his career.

“The skills and knowledge I take away from my course at the Southern African Wildlife College, I will effectively pass on to my peers and colleagues back at home, promoting professionalism and high standards in the conservation workplace.”

Bradley has shown quick progression from junior to senior positions in his career thus far. Straight after matriculating from high school, he entered the industry as an Environmental Monitor at Storms River Mouth Nature Reserve, which incorporated duties and training in law enforcement, fire management, research assistance, administrative tasks, and reserve maintenance.

Over the past 10 years, he has been promoted to Field Ranger, Ranger Corporal, Assistant Section Ranger, and finally Section Ranger, which is a title he has held for six years at Bontebok National Park. His track record speaks for itself, and now he plans to use his opportunity at the College to train and teach his colleagues about effective natural resource management.

Bradley is a born leader and has dedicated his career to protecting nature and implementing best practice at every level of his career.

Bradley 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 Bradley receive the best possible training for his career in conservation.

Sponsor Bradley

 

Benjamin Kapala

National Certificate in Natural Resource Management: Terrestrial

A Wildlife Police Officer with 15 years of experience leading anti-poaching patrols and mitigating human-wildlife conflict in protected areas in Zambia and Malawi.

“When I leave the Southern African Wildlife College, I will be equipped with information and techniques for managing conservation challenges at home and will be able to share what I have learned with my team.”

Benjamin’s role as a Senior Wildlife Police Officer makes him responsible for planning and leading counter poaching operations in Liuwa Plains National Park, managed by African Parks and Zambia’s Department of Wildlife and National Parks. He also performs the crucial role of mentoring junior and fellow law enforcement officers in the organisation.

The knowledge and skills Benjamin will learn from his training at the College will support his important role in reducing human-wildlife conflict, pollution, and uncontrolled fires on park borders. He will be equipped to perform best practice in conducting anti-poaching patrols and monitoring biodiversity, while developing his potential as a regional leader in conservation.

Benjamin 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 Benjamin receive the best possible training for his career in conservation.

Sponsor Benjamin

 

Macdonald Matjitlane Ntelela

National Certificate in Natural Resource Management: Terrestrial

A SAWC-trained General Assistant in the field of conservation supporting the management of a protected area and seeking to develop a career in natural resource management.

“I want to learn more about conservation so that I can help the leaders in my community to address the challenges relating to habitat destruction and erosion in my local area.”

Macdonald is passionate about effecting change and addressing conservation challenges within his community. Having been born, raised, and schooled in the Greater Kruger bufferzone community, he has been living on the doorstep of South Africa’s largest protected area all his life.

Completing a Conservation General Assistant skills programme at the Southern African Wildlife College in 2018, Macdonald was encouraged to grow his career at Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency. This year, he enrolled in the year-long National Certificate course with the aim of being considered for new opportunities within the organisation.

His determination to upgrade his own skills and training matches his enthusiasm for effecting community change at home where his two children will look to him for leadership.

Macdonald 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 Macdonald receive the best possible training for his career in conservation.

Sponsor McDonald

 

Shantel Prinsloo

National Certificate in Natural Resource Management: Terrestrial

A hardworking Field Ranger determined to promote the role of women in conservation law enforcement.

“Through my role as a Field Ranger, I want to put an end to the poaching, pollution, and habitat destruction in our protected area and demonstrate that environmentalism is not only a field for men.”

Shantel is a proud woman in conservation and would like to use her training at the Southern African Wildlife College to improve her skills and better address issues she faces back at home at Garden Route National Park. She has come a long way already and plans to go even further by working towards her Diploma in Nature Conservation.

Her career at South African National Parks already spans 11 years, over which time she has worked in law enforcement, crowd control, general reserve maintenance, and boat and foot patrol. Since becoming a Field Ranger in 2008, she has fallen in love with her work in the conservation department and would like to see more women follow her into the field.

Shantel 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 Shantel receive the best possible training for her career in conservation.

Sponsor Shantel

 

Qolani Mongwe

National Certificate in Natural Resource Management: Terrestrial

An experienced Field Ranger and father of two with dreams of reaching the top, impacting decision-making, and making a difference to community and country.

“I understand the issues that my community faces with conservation and I know that getting an education at the Southern African Wildlife College will help me promote a healthy and safe environment for all.”

Qolani’s job as a Field Ranger for the Limpopo Department of Economic Development, Environment, and Tourism (LEDET) requires that he fulfils duties in law enforcement, environmental education, daily patrols, infrastructural maintenance, data collection, and mentorship.

In the past, he worked for the College itself as a General Worker before moving to SANParks and then LEDET as a Field Ranger. His progression in conservation thus far has encouraged him to set career goals and work towards more senior positions in the field and enrolling in the National Certificate in Natural Resource Management will help him get there.

Most urgently, he wants to address immediate issues of overgrazing, deforestation, littering and pollution, and the invasion of alien plant species in the areas around Man’ombe Nature Reserve where he works.

Qolani 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 Qolani receive the best possible training for his career in conservation.

Sponsor Qolani

 

Sindile Busisiwe Mlambo

National Certificate in Natural Resource Management: Terrestrial

An experienced Field Guide in the Kruger National Park with a firm grasp of how her training at the Southern African Wildlife College will help her combat the greatest challenges to conservation in her workplace and community.

“My job as a Field Guide allows me to promote ecotourism in South Africa and the knowledge I learn helps teach the value of conservation to my community at home.”

Sindile is a hardworking Field Guide who has achieved senior ranking within her workplace, the Kruger National Park. Having gained experienced in various regions of the park and learned from her superiors, she is well equipped both theoretically and practically.

Her ambition at the Southern African Wildlife College is to absorb the expertise of the lecturers whom she holds in high stead, and to receive the best training possible to elevate her guiding career into a conservation management career.

Sindile has outlined specific strategies for combating the local challenges in conservation. She would like to engage the youth by visiting local schools and teaching children about the importance of a clean environment, biodiversity, and water conservation. As a woman in the field, she hopes to inspire young girls to pursue similar interests and become part of the country’s wildlife defenders.

Sindile 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 Sindile receive the best possible training for her career in conservation.

Sponsor Sindile

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