The perilous 1,000-mile journey to save Africa’s endangered black rhinos
28 Oct 2022
In April 2013 Renias Mhlongo, senior tracker, and Alex van den Heever, senior tracker evaluator, from the SA College for Tourism Tracker Academy, were invited to train a group of black rhino monitors and game scouts at the Majete Wildlife Reserve in southern Malawi.
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The SA College for Tourism in Graaff-Reinet in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa was established in 2001 by the late Dr Anton Rupert, then chairman of Peace Parks Foundation. Every year, the college trains 90 young women from disadvantaged backgrounds on a year-long course that focuses exclusively on developing hospitality service skills. Thus equipped, they are able to return home and find employment within the tourism infrastructure supported by TFCAs. To date, 708 young women have graduated, all sponsored by the Peace Parks Foundation and the college’s other donors. Since 2010, the SA College for Tourism Tracker Academy also trains 16 trackers every year. The SA College for Tourism Tracker Academy was established to help preserve the traditional skill of tracking. All trackers thus far trained have been gainfully employed. Visit the website for more information.