The Bateleur – Quarter 4 (2020)

Dear friends of the College

We’ve walked a long road with the rest of South Africa, and the world, since President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the South African nation for the first time about the Covid-19 pandemic in March of this year.

As 2020 draws to a close, the Southern African Wildlife College would like to say a big thank-you to all our staff, students and supporters, who have persevered through the various levels of lockdown, and ensured that we still have many achievements to be proud of this year.

As a team, we’ve focussed on  opportunities, which in turn has also made us more resilient. We are confident that the innovation that’s resulted in 2020 has actually positioned the College well for the future, and enabled us to really explore blended learning. This will offer more students than ever before access to some of our courses that lend themselves to this approach. Our applied learning-by-doing approach will however still be entrenched in our methodology.

To this end, we remain steadfast in our vision to inspire every person we train and engage with, to conserve our natural world, as we fulfill our mission.

This last issue of the Bateleur for 2020 shares news from our various departments and business units, most of which are winding down for a well-deserved break over the festive season. The College will officially be closed from 18 December 2020 to 04 January 2021, with some leave being staggered to allow for individual departmental and course requirements.

We’ll continue to monitor the situation with the pandemic as it unfolds, as ensuring the safety and well-being of our staff and students remains our priority. We wish you and your loved ones all a peaceful and restorative holiday, and look forward to sharing a fresh start with you all in 2021.

Thanks for reading and we look forward to staying in touch in the new year.

Jeanné Poultney
Executive Manager – Marketing, Fundraising and Media Relations

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