Charter and Governance

Integrity and transparency

As an organisation, the Southern African Wildlife College is committed to integrity and transparency. The College acts proactively and encourages the communication of concerns relating to: The unlawful and unethical conduct of business, financial reporting, accounting practices, internal controls, audits, suspected criminal activities, or activities relating to poaching, which is an issue of high concern to the College, its stakeholders and the land owner. It is also the College’s policy to protect those who communicate bona fide concerns from any retaliation for such reporting, providing such report is made in good faith.

As part of its lease agreement with the landowner, the College has an obligation to protect the land, the species on the land, the people, and the property, and is charged with the directive to conduct deception testing on all potential employees as part of the College’s employment process. From 2017 this has included background checks on all potential employees prior to employment. This is supported and conducted by the Greater Kruger Environmental Protection Foundation, which has its communications and command centre based at the College.

Due to the lease agreement with the landowner, right of admission is reserved, and is dependent on passing integrity tests, making this an operational requirement for employment at the College. In addition, it is a requirement of our accreditation with the Council for Higher Education (CHE) that the College ensures that its examination process is confidential, consistent, equitable, and ethical at all times. Employees who work for the Academic Support and Quality Assurance (ASQA) department, or who are involved in the process of assessment and examination of students, are tested annually in this respect.

This policy has been discussed with all employees at all levels and in all forums, and has also been discussed with the majority union, and with the College’s community structure. The essence of this is also contained in all employment contracts and is included in all recruitment literature. The College uses various tools and methods of integrity testing, which includes polygraphs and voice level assessment tests.

Board of Directors

Dr. B.F. Soto – Director General of the National Administration of Conservation Areas (Administracao Nacional de Areas de Conservacao – ANAC), Mozambique (Chairperson)

Mr. S. Abrahams – World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa

Mr P.K. Bewsher – Peace Parks Foundation

Mr. Sifiso Keswa – Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife

Mr. O.E. Mokganedi – Department of Environmental Affairs

Dr G. Raven – World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa

Mr. W. Myburgh – Peace Parks Foundation

Mrs. L.M. Lynch – Peace Parks Foundation

Countess S. Labia – Southern African Wildlife College Trust

Prof. B.K. Reilly – Tshwane University of Technology

Mrs. T.M. Sowry – Southern African Wildlife College

Executive Committee

Mrs. T.M. Sowry – Chief Executive Officer

Mrs. S.D. Hanekom – Executive Manager: Finance and Human Resources

Mrs. J. Poultney – Executive Manager: Marketing, Fundraising, and Media Relations

Audit Committee, Auditors & Bankers

Members of the Audit Committee

Mrs. L.M. Lynch

Company Secretary

Mrs. S.D. Hanekom

Auditors

PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc. Registered Auditors

Bankers

Standard Bank of South Africa Ltd.