Developing conservation leaders

Members of the Siyazenzela leadership and employability skills training programme aimed at previously disadvantaged youth between 18 and 26..

Jock Safari Lodge has partnered with the Wilderness Foundation Africa (WFA) to further conservation education and youth development within the Kruger National Park’s broader community.

Says Louis Strauss, the General Manager & Director of Jock Safari Lodge: ‘We are excited about the new possibilities this partnership will bring, enabling us to preserve this rich landscape by including those that can work alongside us. We are eager to see the positive effects this partnership will have on those around us, and the Kruger region overall.’

The Wilderness Foundation Africa sets out to protect and sustain wildlife and wilderness through integrated education programmes from anti-poaching to developing young conservation leaders from disadvantaged communities.

The non-profit CALEO Foundation, which owns Jock Safari Lodge will make a life-long investment to help protect, restore and sustain threatened ecosystems, wildlife and flora resources and surrounding communities.

Jock Safari Lodge has committed to continuous investment in the WFA projects. A R400 000 injection in two key intervention programmes will be rolled out ths year as part of the Jock/WFA partnership.

The Siyazenzela leadership and employability skills training programme is aimed at previously disadvantaged youth between 18 and 26..  Siyazenzela training courses are run as a four-week short term project with facilitation in Emotional & Social, Occupational & Financial and Physical & Environmental wellness. Participants are provided with job shadowing opportunities and on graduation get enrolled into a resilience support programme that ensures peer mentoring purposes, monitoring and psycho-social support.

The Imbewu Wilderness Trails

The second programme, the Imbewu Wilderness Trails, draw attention to the resilient and healing power of nature for personal and social transformation, in a way that encourages students to make life-changing choices. Lifestyle changes equip vulnerable youth to become economically active and environmentally responsible.

Dr Andrew Muir, CEO of Wilderness Foundation Africa says: ‘We are excited to be partnering with Jock Safari Lodge, with their impeccable commitment to sustainable development and leaders in nature-based tourism.  There is much to learn from each other in the common cause of ensuring that our natural heritage is preserved and enjoyed by all citizens of our country.’