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Refining remote work and retaining vital skills, expertise and organisational memory

Covid-19 taught the entire world so much: how to make the necessary adjustments, how to keep healthy and busy at home, how to home school children, and of course how to use media like Zoom, Teams, and Skype to ensure that business is able to continue. It taught us all a great deal about how...
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SAWC appoints new head of ranger training

A new leader steps up to manage the training of aspirant and seasoned field rangers The Southern African Wildlife College extends a very warm welcome to Mr. Altin Gysman, the new head of its Protected Area Integrity Department, which includes its African Field Ranger Training Services Unit, its K9 Unit and its Aerial Support unit....
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Annual Review 2019

Dear friends and supporters of the Southern African Wildlife College, As the natural world faces crisis after crisis, it’s never been more important to ensure that we as its custodians are working even harder to achieve a nature-positive world. In support of this, the Southern African Wildlife College’s mission is to equip men and women...
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Could changing how we train rangers impact counter-poaching by making rangers more resilient to the pressures they face?

A new ranger training curriculum being piloted in South Africa thinks it could… “Being in nature humbles and rewards us on a daily basis, but it also demands that we give a lot,” says ranger Billy Moumakoe. He’s on a short break, somewhere along the fenceline of Pilanesberg National Park in South Africa’s North West...
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International Rhino Foundation Awards $100,000 Grant to the Southern African Wildlife College

Strasburg, VA – The International Rhino Foundation (IRF) announced today a $100,000 grant to the Southern African Wildlife College (SAWC) to support training and anti-poaching operations to protect rhinos in the wild. The SAWC provides training to natural resource managers from across Africa. As part of its applied learning approach, the SAWC also directly operates...
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A word from HR: Navigating unchartered waters

The global COVID-19 pandemic has forever changed our experiences―as customers, employees, citizens, humans―and our attitudes and behaviours are changing as a result. As companies are pushed into uncertain waters, they need to rapidly operate in new ways, and systems resilience is being tested as never before. As businesses juggle a range of new systems priorities...
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Word from our Protected Area Integrity Unit on Field Ranger Training

The announcement of the Covid-19 virus pandemic and subsequent lock-down based on Levels 5 to 1 as announced by government has been noted and considered both by the College and by the Protected Area Integrity Unit as regards its operations and field ranger training. The original Declaration of the pandemic as a National Disaster in...
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News from the SAWC’s Dog Master

As we welcome in the month of May 2020 and whilst most are stilled locked away in their houses, the K9 Unit is still working full steam ahead by training, maintaining and preparing all our dogs and teams to be deployed onto the front lines. Being part of mandated essential services and seeing how life...
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A word from Bruce McDonald, the College’s Pilot

The SAWC’s Aerial support has remained active during the Covid-19 lock-down period doing in excess of 60 hours of operational flying for this period. All necessary permits for essential air services through the SAWC, SANParks, GKEPF and the Department of Transport were issued for these operations. And here I must thank everyone that assisted me...
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Exciting times ahead for online short courses to be offered by the College

The strength of short courses in filling both knowledge and skills gaps cannot be underestimated through either contact or online learning experiences. Knowledge gives you the understanding of what is required to do something, but later it’s the application of the skills practically practiced that indicates if a person has in fact internalised the knowledge...
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