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Ivan Buregoo, a graduate of the SA College for Tourism Tracker Academy, who completed his training at Londolozi Game Reserve in June this year, recently ran a four-day tracking course for a group of students from !Kwa ttu, a San cultural centre on the West Coast
Ivan, who had scored 98% in his final ‘track & sign’ assessment, taught the basics of tracking to !Kwa ttu students who may be interested in following a career in animal tracking. Once he finished the assignment, Ivan relocated to Kwandwe in the Eastern Cape where he had accepted a position as a full-time tracker at Kwandwe Lodge.
!Khwa ttu and its 2015 trainees were delighted with Ivan and warmly thanked him for his services. The Khwa ttu head of training said: “You were all we could hope for: well-prepared, organised, focused, calm, a true facilitator. And to top it all, young as you are, you were a role model to our students, confidently taking the lead and sharing your knowledge in such a mature manner. The Tracker Academy has reason to be proud of ex-students such as yourself. !Khwa ttu feels privileged to have made your acquaintance.”
Since 2010, the college’s Tracker Academy has been training 16 trackers every year in the age-old indigenous knowledge of tracking animals in the wild.