Training and Development of Unemployed Youth at Risk Project
Partner name: Southern African Wildlife College
Project name: Training and Development of Unemployed Youth at Risk
Funding round: CFP 1
Funding: Jobs Fund grant R8 820 335
Matched Funding R2 231 641
Window: Work seekers
Location: Mpumalanga and Limpopo
Partners: Mnisi Tribal Authority, Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga Parks and Tourism Authority, Limpopo Department of Economic Development Environment and Tourism and Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Problem statement:
Highly skilled personnel are needed in order to manage South Africa’s natural resources. The Southern African Wildlife College aims to produce competent and motivated protected area managers and conservationists who are able to manage and conserve protected areas and associated fauna and flora in cooperation with local communities. One of the major challenges that South Africa faces currently is wildlife poaching in protected areas. In 2014 alone, 1 215 rhinos were killed by poachers in South Africa. In addition, the areas in which poaching takes place have high rates of youth unemployment.
The World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa established the Southern African Wildlife College in 1996 in close cooperation with national and provincial government departments, other conservation agencies and the Southern African Development Community.
The Southern African Wildlife College will train 90 unemployed youth living in communities in the great Limpopo Trans-frontier Conservation Area, which spans Mpumalanga and Limpopo, including the Kruger National Park, and borders private and provincial game reserves. The college will train young people in conservation guardianship skills and expose them to the wildlife industry, giving them a better chance of future employment in their own communities or conservation organisations. The 12-month learnership programme will train 30 people per year over a three-year period. The Kruger National Park has agreed to permanently employ the 90 trained candidates. This field ranger training will ensure that skilled young people are available to help curb the poaching of wild animals in protected areas.
Expected results:
New permanent jobs 90
Training completed 90