Hiking for Rhinos – Jo Devenish about to set off on her incredible trail 25 April 2017Jo Devenish is about to set off on her hiking for rhinos adventure. She departed Dawson City (Yukon) on 19 April for Phoenix; this is where she will reside until tomorrow 26 April. She will then fly to San Diego where she will be staying with a Trail angel for the night of 26 April, who will drop her off at Campo to start the hike early morning on 27 April to hopefully finish by the time 1 October 2017 comes around.
ANAC and SAWC Sign Five Year Memorandum of Agreement to the Benefit of Conservation and the Protection of Biodiversity in the Region 21 April 2017⟶
Leader of the Packs 15 March 2017Poacher Alert! American houndsman extraordinaire Joe Braman is bringing his crime-fighting, dog-training expertise to the Southern African Wildlife College.
Hiking For Rhinos 9 March 2017Jo Devenish, an avid lover of wildlife and wild places, who is also passionate about hiking and exploring, is off on an exciting but also a rather daunting expedition. She will be hiking the Scenic Pacific Crest Trail, which runs from the Mexican to the Canadian border, a distance of approximately 2600miles (4260kms). She will be heading off on 27 April and is planning to finish by the time 1 October 2017 comes around. An epic adventure indeed!
Jobs Fund Project Makes History With Simultaneous Graduation of 119 Field Rangers 8 March 2017The Southern African Wildlife College’s recent Field Ranger graduation ceremony was remarkable for two reasons; it was the biggest in South African history with 119 National Certificates in Nature Conservation: Resource Guardianship being awarded, with half the recipients being female. The ceremony marked the culmination of a 12-month intensive training programme which was part of a large-scale two-year project by the National Treasury’s Job Fund aimed at bringing about significant change whilst impacting the creation of alternative livelihoods, poverty reduction and socio economic development.
Nature's Guardians-Southern African Wildlife College 8 March 2017Nature's Guardians-Southern African Wildlife College
Southern African Wildlife College Commemorates Founder's Day and Honours Long Service Employees 8 November 2016Twenty years ago on 28 October 1996, HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh unveiled the foundation stone of the Southern African Wildlife College. To mark this special occasion and the tremendous growth the College has achieved over the years, the SAWC’s Executive Management team decided to pay homage to its staff by also instituting Long Service Awards to commemorate the day.
Sarah's Fire & Ice Ultra Marathon 23 August 2016Sarah Watson, Programme Manager of the Tusk Trust, one of the Southern African Wildlife College’s long- standing donors is off on an exciting but daunting adventure to help support Wildlife Rangers across Africa.
World Ranger Day 2016 1 July 2016Field Rangers within Africa often find themselves in the middle of war zones and other challenging conditions, including pressure from the communities in which they live. During the training of Field Rangers, African Field Ranger Training Services (AFRTS) - a division of the Southern African Wildlife College – focuses on preparing and developing individuals that will be on the front line to both carry out the necessary functions of a Field Ranger and to deal with community influences that may be brought to bear.
HOLD THE DATES-Student Graduation/Passing Out Parades 19 June 2016
YOUTH ACCESS: CONSERVATION AND ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION BRIDGING PROGRAMME
Environmental Education (NQF Level 5) & Field Ranger Training (NQF Level 2)
BASIC FIELD RANGER TRAINING PROGRAMME
Southern African Wildlife College is Awarded Significant Grant Via United For Wildlife Supported by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry 1 February 2016Following the visit of HRH Prince Harry to the Southern African Wildlife College in December 2015, a grant of £370.0 was awarded to the College towards strengthening capacity and increasing training opportunities at this SADC recognised centre of specialization in conservation education, training and skills development.
HRH Prince Harry Visits the Southern African Wildlife College 2 December 2015The Southern African Wildlife College (SAWC) was privileged to be included in HRH Prince Harry’s visit to South Africa as part of a Royal Tour, which included stops in Lesotho, Cape Town, Durban, the Kruger National Park and Johannesburg. Following his visit to the Kruger National Park, on 2 December 2015 he met with students at the College’s Field Ranger training base and then went on to meet with the graduands of the Wildlife Area Management training programme.
Specialised Training for Rhino Guardians 31 July 2015In 2015, 16 Young men from rural southern Africa received their national certificates in Wildlife Tracking from the SA College of Tourism Tracker Academy in Graaf Reinet, South Africa. These young graduates earned their qualification during an intensive 12 months accredited tracker course.
GIS & land-use planning training 23 February 2015The Peace Parks Foundation GIS team recently visited the Southern African Wildlife College to train the Higher Education and Training protected area management students. The objective of the training is to expose students to GIS and to empower them to do their field work more effectively. The first module is an introduction to GIS software, which lasts two weeks, followed by a week-long module that focuses more on the application of the GIS tool for land-use planning.
DEA funded YES Students graduate at SAWC 1 August 2014July 2014 marked not only the end of a year of experiential learning for the 86 Department of Environmental Affairs' (DEA) Youth Environmental Service (YES) students, but also the beginning of a new chapter for them as they will now need to apply their skills in their prospective work environments.
Skills for Sustainability Award - Winner: Southern African Wildlife College 27 June 2014Since 1996 the Southern African Wildlife College has provided vital skills training in wildlife management and nature-based tourism to support the socio-economic development of southern Africa. By the end of 2013, more than 10 480 students from 46 countries had been trained in natural resource management.
Africa's biodiversity is in good hands 17 December 2013This year the Southern African Wildlife College was privileged to welcome Senior Chief Inyambo Yeta from the Simalaha Community Conservancy in Zambia to the graduation of its protected area management students at the higher education and training level.
Wildlife College betters the lives of unemployed youth 20 November 2013Thirty previously unemployed youth proudly bid farewell to the Southern African Wildlife College after completing a 12-month training for a National Certificate in Resource Guardianship. The training programme, which is aimed at helping safeguard Africa's threatened species, is part of a youth development programme initiated by the College, funded by the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) Jobs Fund and supported by the Rand Merchant Bank Environment Fund, the Welverdiend Community and Kruger National Park.
College develops rhino ambassador training 11 July 2013The Southern African Wildlife College has, with the support of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, been instrumental in developing the training materials and conducting the initial training of community rhino ambassadors drawn from local communities surrounding four of KwaZulu-Natal's protected areas that have rhino populations.
Southern African Wildlife College supports local communities 2 May 2013As a way of generating a love for reading from a young age, the Southern African Wildlife College Resource Centre started the Bookmobile Project in 2012. The main goal of the project is to make books available to children from the local community. These children do not have access to reading material, as there are no community libraries and most schools do not have a functional library.
2012 Wildlife College graduates challenged to find solutions 10 December 2012With the graduation of its 2012 certificate course students, the Southern African Wildlife College this year celebrated 15 years of developing protected area management expertise across the southern African region and beyond.
Eco-School Leavers graduate at Wildlife College 8 August 2012Twenty three young people, mostly hailing from local community eco-schools from across South Africa, recently completed a six month intensive conservation and environmental education bridging course at the Southern African Wildlife College.
Wildlife College brings mobile library service to the community 1 August 2012With the assistance of Biblionef, a book donation agency, the Southern African Wildlife College has started a mobile library service for primary schools in the surrounding community. The programme forms part of the Wildlife College's community outreach programme and is aimed at providing access to reading materials.
Conservation training gets major cash boost 22 May 2012The annual African Wildlife Heritage Gala Dinner, now in its sixth year and aimed at supporting worthy conservation causes, recently raised a remarkable R1, 286-millon in one night. The event's fundraising efforts over the past six years top R8-million, which underpins the Professional Hunters Association of South Africa (PHASA's) commitment to conservation.
Training unemployed youth as conservation general assistants and field rangers 25 March 2012The South African Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Mr Lechesa Tsenoli, visited the Southern African Wildlife College to celebrate National Youth Day on 16 June and to meet with unemployed youth from all over South Africa who are currently being trained as conservation general assistants and field rangers at the Wildlife College.