Nurturing and Strengthening Conservation Leadership for Today and Tomorrow
The Southern African Wildlife College (SAWC) was established in 1996 by the World Wide Fund for Nature, South Africa (WWF-SA) in close cooperation with interested and affected parties in southern Africa, including national and provincial government departments, other conservation agencies and the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
The SAWC is a SADC appointed centre of specialization in conservation education, training and skills development. It is an independent SADC training institution and as such does not receive a government subsidy.
The SAWC is legal association and is registred as a non-profit company under the registered name of the Southern African Wildlife College - registration number 1996/005726/08 - incorporated in the Republic of South Africa under Section 21 of the Companies Act, 1973 (Act 61 of 1973)
The SAWC is registered as a non-profit public benefit organisation - NPO Registration Number 046-675-NPO / PBO Registration 930016093
The SAWC is provisionally registered with the department of Higher Education and Training as a Private Higher Education Institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997, Registration Certificate Number: 2011/HE08/004.
The SAWC is provisionally registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a Private Further Education and Training College. The registration number with the Department of Education is Reg. No. 2008/FE08/003.
The SAWC is an appointed Institute of Sectoral and Occupational Excellence (ISOE) recognised by CATHSSETA, the sector education and training authority, for its outstanding contribution to skills development and organisational capacitation
The Southern African Wildlife offers training in support of the imperative for responsible and sustainable business strategy and practice in the wildlife and nature-based tourism sector.
Recognised by the Department of Environmental Affairs, South Africa as a credible and long standing non-government conservation organisation (NGO), the SAWC is an approved project for Socio Economic Development under the Broad-based Economic Empowerment Act 53 of 2003 and the Codes of good practice on Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment.
The SAWC is registered as a VAT vendor with the South African Revenue Services (SARS) — VAT Registration No: 4370159610 and Tax Reference No: 9508059640.