Written by José Ganess

The impact of Covid-19 around the world presented numerous challenges in terms of education and training. Access to hands-on and practical learning became notably difficult. Despite the requirements of social distancing, continuous mask wearing, and regular temperature checks (who could forget those?), a group of enthusiastic interns in Nature Conservation successfully completed their course in Natural Resource Guardianship-Terrestrial, an NQF 4 Qualification accredited by the Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality, and Sport Sector Education and Training Authority (Cathsseta). This course was offered through Nature Connect (Greenskills training) and funded by Cathsseta.

Enduring the restrictions and braving the chilly winter months while camping at Bokbaai, these learners managed to fulfil their training requirements in a variety of areas, including Communication, Fauna & Flora Management, Managing Venomous Animals, and Operating Brushcutters, among others.

On August 4th, 2023, this group of learners received their Cathsseta accredited certificates at the Smart Living Education Centre and Biodiversity Gardens. Anthony Roberts, our CEO, extended his congratulations and encouragement to them, urging them to continue pursuing their passion for Nature Conservation. Letasha Hesqua, the Training Manager, took a moment to reflect on the dedication and effort they had invested in their training, also sharing a few memorable moments she had experienced with them.

When asked about their training experience, some of the learners had the following to say:

“It was truly enjoyable. My experience was limited to Nature Conservation, so this opportunity taught me to truly value our Natural Resources.” – Thsino Motsaathebe

“The journey was amazing. I relished being immersed in nature every day, learning new things and pushing my boundaries. This experience took me out of my comfort zone, helping me confront my greatest fears. I’ve developed a strong passion and love for nature and aspire to continue in this field, given my profound appreciation for the outdoors.” – Jody Julies

“My learnership was an incredible experience. I’ve gained a wealth of knowledge and exposure to various aspects of nature.” – Marchell Abrahams

Congratulations to the Class of 2022! We extend our best wishes to you in all your future endeavours, and we have no doubt that you’ll be making significant contributions in the field of Nature Conservation in the near future.