South Africa

New avenues for learning

We are Nathashia Khosa, Siphokazi Sibeko and Bongiwe Hlabane.  We are interns in the Southern Africa Wildlife College,  in the Community and Youth Development department. Our internship is for a year.  We live in a village called Welverdiend in Mpumalanga Province which is next to the Greater Kruger National Park where the college is located.  We are one of the communities that was displaced by the park when it was created. This week the PACE coordinator visited.  At the beginning of [...]

Covid-secure Conservation Education

                        Reduced income, school closures and the need for social distancing has required a major readjustment for conservation education providers across the continent. Lapalala Wilderness School in South Africa runs residential courses for local school children, visits more than 40 schools, mentors youth and trains teachers. They have been forced to suspend all these programmes. Despite the challenges the Lapalala team remains very active. Each working close to their homes, [...]

Careers in Conservation – role models

We'd like to congratulate Cathy Dreyer on her recent appointment as Conservation Manager at Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa's Eastern Cape. Cathy is an inspirational conservationist, in 2016 she won the prestigious TUSK Award for Conservation in Africa and she features in our new PACE Careers in Conservation Module. When Cathy was young she used to go walking near her home in Cape Town and on Table Mountain. She said that she always knew she wanted to do something [...]

Women in Conservation

"I finally met the famous Black Mambas Anti-poaching Unit!" When Palloma Pachiti, PACE Champion and expert educator in Zimbabwe kindly reviewed drafts of the new PACE educational materials earlier this year, she was excited to read about the Black Mambas from South Africa.  Palloma runs the Sebakwe Conservation and Education Centre in the Midlands of Zimbabwe.  What she read about the Black Mamba's work immediately inspired her to add new dimensions to her own projects with communities in Zimbabwe. We were [...]

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