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28 October 2022
The Southern African Wildlife College NPC’s (1996/005726/08) board of directors is proud to announce the appointment of Dr Bartolomeu Soto, director-general of the National Administration of Conservation Areas (Administracao Nacional de Areas de Conservacao – ANAC) in Mozambique, as chairman of the college board. Dr Soto has been a director of the board since the college’s inception and brings a wealth of experience and historical knowledge to the table.
Dr Soto takes over as chairperson from Dr Bandile Mkhize who, since April 2009, was the board incumbent for Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife. In his place, the board welcomes Mr Sifiso Keswa, senior general manager, People and Conservation at Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife. At the same time, the board also bids farewell to Mr Ian Goodwin, who was one of WWF-SA’s incumbents, as well as a member of the college’s audit committee and a trustee of the Southern African Wildlife College Trust.
The college’s board of directors, made up of leaders in the conservation sector, is well-positioned to help guide the college as it continues to play a pivotal role in equipping conservation managers with the necessary skills to deal with key challenges facing conservation today. Closely linked to this, is the role that nature-based tourism is set to play in the socio-economic development of southern Africa and which, in turn, allows the college to expand its relevance and reach across borders, greatly impacting on the training of conservationists in Africa. The college also plays a significant role in developing youth access to the sector, as well as in assisting on the anti-poaching front by way of its well-established field ranger training unit.
“There is no doubt that adequate training is vital if protected areas are to be sustained. A high priority is placed on community-based natural resource management, poverty reduction, alternative livelihoods and biodiversity economy strategies to contribute to biodiversity conservation, and socio-economic and tourism development in the southern African sub-region, said Mrs Theresa Sowry, CEO of the Southern African Wildlife College and board director.
“We are confident that, with the ongoing support of our board of directors, the college will continue to deliver on its mandate,” she added.
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