Awards

LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL ACCOLADES FOR EWT STAFF

2016 - INTERNAL AWARDS

  • Programme of the Year: Threatened Amphibian Programme
  • Programme Manager of the Year: Bridget Corrigan (Source to Sea Programme)
  • Conservation Achiever:  Lourens Leeuwner (Wildlife and Energy Programme, Renewable Energy Project Manager)
  • Conservation Supporter: Yves Manana (IT Manager)
  • Anatolian Award (Conflict resolution): Nic Armstrong (Source to Sea Programme, Field Officer)
  • Maluti Award (Conflict resolution): Cherise Acker (Threatened Amphibian Programme, Field Officer)
  • Honey Badger Award (Fiercest field officer):  Cobus Theron (Drylands Conservation Programme Manager)
  • Outstanding Media Presence: Carnivore Conservation Programme
  • Self-Improvement Award: Dora Mncube (Housekeeper), who is studying to be a teacher
  • Newcomer of the Year: Belinda Glenn (Communication and Brand Manager)
  • Pawprint Brand Ambassador Award:  Bridget Corrigan (Source to Sea Programme Manager)

 

 

2015 - INTERNAL AWARDS

Cheetah Award
The Cheetah Award is awarded to individuals who have gone beyond the call of duty and extended themselves over a prolonged period of time in support of achieving the Mission of the EWT, which is to conserve threatened species and ecosystems throughout the region to the benefit of all. The EWT awarded the Cheetah Award in 2015 to:

  • Angus Burns of WWF SA
  • Jeremy Borg of Painted Wolf Wines

Both Angus and Jeremy have contributed significantly towards supporting and advancing the EWT’s conservation efforts in South Africa.

Staff awards:

  • EWT Conservation Achiever of the Year Award: Vincent van der Merwe and Wendy Collinson
  • EWT Programme manager of the year : Kerryn Morrison
  • EWT Conservation Support of the Year: Frank Jackson
  • EWT Consistently Strong Performer: David Marneweck
  • Programme Media Exposure Award: Carnivore Conservation Programme
  • EWT Programme of the Year Award: Skills Development Programme

2015 - EXTERNAL AWARDS

Future for Nature Awards
The EWT’s Karen Allen, Project Executant of the Source to Sea Programme’s Dugong Emergency Protection Project, was the proud winner of a Future For Nature Award – one of only three awards made from many entries globally. The Netherlands-based Future For Nature Foundation recognises the protection of species of wild animals and plants and the conservation of nature in general. The Foundation aims to stimulate a new generation of nature conservation leaders by providing support to young, highly committed and talented conservationists. In this spirit, the Foundation awards young conservation leaders like Karen who inspire and mobilize others. As well as the international prestige the award creates, the €50,000 prize was a real boost for the Dugong conservation work in Mozambique.

Mail & Guardian Greening the Future Award
This year the EWT’s Cape Critical Rivers project won the prestigious Mail & Guardian.
Greening the Future Award in the Biodiversity Stewardship category. These awards aim to showcase the country’s most noteworthy and newsworthy environmental projects. They recognise forward-thinking green projects that help combat climate change, encourage renewable energy and foster the strategic management of natural resources. The Cape Critical Rivers are under tremendous pressure as their waters irrigate the hub of the fruit and wine industries, supply domestic use, while alien invasive fish species and habitat loss disrupted their sensitive ecosystems – presenting considerable conservation challenges. The EWT worked with its project partners here – including CapeNature, the Freshwater Research Centre and the Northern Cape Department of Environment and Nature Conservation – using a multi-faceted approach. This has led to increased awareness of the conservation importance of our rivers and the development of innovative tools to keep the water in the rivers where they benefit the ecosystem. The project works with farmers to enhance water use efficiency and undertakes high-impact interventions to safeguard species hovering at the edge of extinction. This award-winning approach benefits both the incredible biodiversity of the area and the people who rely on these rivers.

WESSA Awards
The Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) awarded two EWT staff members with awards through the year. WESSA presented the first, a Northern Areas Regional Award, to Andre Botha – Manager of our Birds of Prey Programme – for his outstanding contribution to conservation and work with raptors in particular. The second, to Samson Phakathi, who received an impromptu award. Dr Jim Taylor from WESSA presented Samson with the award in recognition of his enthusiastic contribution towards conservation. WESSA is a well-known South African environmental organisation that aims to initiate and support high impact environmental and conservation projects to promote public participation in caring for the Earth.

Kudu Award
The EWT Skills Development Programme scooped a Kudu Award during the prestigious South African National Parks 2015 Kudu Awards ceremony held on 16 October 2015 in Midrand, Johannesburg. The award, presented by the Minister of Environmental Affairs, Ms Edna Molewa, was in recognition of the EWT's sterling efforts to build capacity among law enforcement officials to tackle illegal wildlife trade. The annual Kudu Awards recognize individuals and groups that have contributed to the conservation of nature. "This award is a great achievement for the EWT and shows our ongoing commitment to fight illegal wildlife trade", says the EWT's Skills Development Programme Manager, Adam Pires.

 

2014 - INTERNAL AWARDS

  • EWT Conservation Achiever of the Year Award: Kirsty Brebner (Rhino Project)
  • EWT Programme manager of the year : Constant Hoogstad
  • EWT Conservation Support of the Year: Tim Jackson
  • EWT Consistently Strong Performer: Wendy Collinson
  • EWT Consistently Strong Performer: Lizanne Roxburgh
  • EWT Consistently Strong Performer: Karen Allen
  • Working Group Media Exposure Award: Wildlife & Roads Project
  • EWT Working Group of the Year Award: African Crane Conservation Programme
Kirsty Brebner Constant Hoogstad Tim Jackson
Karen Allen Lizanne Roxburgh Wendy Collinson


African Conservation Programme

Media Award - Wildlife & Roads Project

2013 - INTERNAL AWARDS

  • EWT Conservation Achiever of the Year Award: Cobus Theron (ACCP)
  • EWT Programme manager of the year : Bridget Corrigan (STSP)
  • EWT Programme manager of the year : Christy Bragg (DCP)
  • EWT Conservation Support of the Year: Emily Taylor (Urban Conservation Project Coordinator)
  • EWT Consistently Strong Performer: Samson Phakathi (TGSP)
  • EWT Consistently Strong Performer: Bonnie Schumann (DGP)
  • EWT Consistently Strong Performer: Marion Burger (Graphic Designer)
  • Working Group Media Exposure Award: Carnivore Conservation Programm
  • EWT Working Group of the Year Award: Birds of Prey Conservation Programme

2013 - External awards received by the EWT

UNESCO Sultan Qaboos Prize for Environmental Preservation

In 2013 the Endangered Wildlife Trust was honoured to win the UNESCO Sultan Qaboos Prize for Environmental Preservation. Dr Harriet Davies-Mostert, the EWT’s Head of Conservation Science, was lucky enough to collect the prize on behalf of the EWT at the opening of the World Science Forum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. We shared the prize with the State Forests National Forest Holding of Poland.

This highly prestigious prize is only awarded every two years in recognition of outstanding contributions by individuals, groups of individuals, institutes or organizations in the management or preservation of the environment. Furthermore, the EWT had to demonstrate that our work is consistent with the policies, aims and objectives of the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO), and in relation to UNESCO’s programmes in this field. These include environmental and natural resources research, environmental education and training, creation of environmental awareness through the preparation of environmental information materials and activities aimed at establishing and managing protected areas such as biosphere reserves and natural World Heritage sites.

2012 - INTERNAL AWARDS

  • EWT Conservation Achiever of the Year Award: Tanya Smith (ACCP)
  • EWT Conservation Achiever of the Year Award: Bonnie Schumann (RPP)
  • EWT Working Group of the Year Award: African Crane Conservation Programme
  • EWT Conservation Support of the Year: Marion Burger (Graphic Designer)
  • Conservation Supporter of the Year – Runner Up: Cynthia Chigangaidze (ACCP)
  • Team Spirit Award: Adam Pires (Sustainability and Development Programme)
  • Working Group Media Exposure Award: Birds of Prey Programme
  • Long Service Awards: Joel Thosago; Bradley Gibbons ; Glenn Ramke

2012 - EXTERNAL AWARDS

  • Magazine's Most Influential Woman in South Africa for the category of Environment, Waste and Forestry (July 2012) - Yolan Friedmann, CEO.
  • Noord-Kapenaar van die Jaare for the category of Environmental Conservation Award (March 2012) - Ronelle Visagie, Bird of Prey Programme Field Officer
  • Mail & Guardian Greening the Future Awards: Winner of the Category Biodiversity/Natural Resources Management - Riverine Rabbit Programme
  • Wildlife & Transport Programme – Ecologic Awards – Nominated in the Transport category with both Riverine Rabbit Programme and the Live Stock Guarding Dogs Project both been highly commended.

2012 - Accolades awarded by the EWT
Special Acknowledgement Awards
The presented to recognise and thank those who have demonstrated a dedication and passion to conservation.

  • Craig Rohland from Land Rover Centurion
  • Richard Bosman
  • Warwick Wragg from BidVest Magnum

2012 - Cheetah Awards
The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) most prestigious award, the Cheetah Award, is awarded to those who have gone beyond the call of duty and extended themselves in support of the EWT, in the areas of fundraising, business, strategic partner shipping and overall development of the core functions of the EWT and its Programmes.

  • Barloworld
  • Hans Hoheisne Charitable Fund
  • Land Rover South Africa
  • Mazda Widlife Fund
  • Rand Merchant Bank
  • Vaughan de la Harpe

2012 - EWT Honoury Life Members
Active committed supporters of the EWT for an excess of 20 years who have made a substantial contribution to support the work of the EWT.

  • John Farrent
  • Mike Barnett

2011 - INTERNAL AWARDS

  • EWT Conservation Achiever of the Year Award: Ursula Franke (ACCP)
  • EWT Conservation Support of the Year: Melissa Govindsamy (Finance Department)
  • Team Spirit Award: Constant Hoogstad
  • Working Group Media Exposure Award: Birds of Prey Working Group and Carnivore Conservation Group
  • EWT Working Group of the Year Award: Law and Policy Programme
  • Long Service Awards: Tim Snow – 2001; Samson Phakathi – 2001

2011 - EXTERNAL AWARDS

  • BirdLife South Africa Owl Award - Ronelle Visagie
  • BirdLife South Africa Owl Award - Bo van der Lecq
  • Certificate of recognition by WESSA - Samson Phakathi
  • The Nick Steele Memorial Award for the SAB Environmentalist of the Year 2011 - Yolan Friedmann
  • Knowledge Management System) got a special commendation for the entry for Greening the Future Awards 2011 in the category “Innovative environmental strategies that improve business performance”.
  • The Conservation Leadership Award – Veronica Ndou
  • The Conservation Student Award - Kgabe Malepe
  • The Conservation Training Project Merit Award – Cassius Mmetle

2010 - INTERNAL AWARDS

  • Conservationist of the Year: Brendan Whittington-Jones (CCP)
  • Conservation Supporter of the Year: Marion Burger (CCP)
  • Conservation Supporter of the Year Runner up: Debbie Thiart (ACCP)
  • Programme of the Year: African Crane Conservation Programme
  • Media Award: Birds of Prey Programme
  • Special Award for exceptional work on environmental legislation and policy: Anique Greyling
  • Special mention for dedication and commitment to the EWT beyond the call of duty: Alison Jänicke
  • Long Service Awards: Kerryn Morrison – 1995; Yolan Friedmann – 1995; Jon Smallie – 1999; Brenda Daly – 1999; Harriet Davies-Mostert– 1999; Abbas Moolla – 2000; Melissa Govindsamy – 2000

2010 - EXTERNAL AWARDS

  • The EWT’s Conservation Leadership Programme was awarded the SANParks Kudu Award in recognition of community work done by its Conservation Training Programme students in the Telekeshi community. This is the third Kudu Award that the Conservation Leadership Programme has been awarded in the past three years: The Conservation Leadership Award – Sipho Dlamini; The Conservation Student Award – Ndzalama Chauke; The Conservation Training Project Merit Award – Nompilo Ngcobo

2009

  • EWT Conservation Achiever of the Year Award: Reda Potts
  • EWT Conservation Achiever of the Year Award Runner up: Rynette Coetzee
  • EWT Conservation Support of the Year: Melissa Govindsamy
  • EWT Working Group of the Year Award: Wildlife & Energy Interaction Group
  • Working Group Media Exposure Award: Birds of Prey Working Group and Carnivore Conservation Group


2008

  • EWT Conservation Achiever of the Year Award: Andre Rossouw
  • EWT Conservation Achiever of the Year Award Runner up: Tanya Smith
  • Thembi Morgan Team Player of the Year: Kerry Smith
  • EWT Working Group of the Year Award: Crane Working Group
  • Working Group Team Spirit Award: Crane Working Group
  • Working Group Media Exposure Award: Wildlife Conflict Prevention Group


2008 - EXTERNAL AWARDS

  • Woman’s World Summit Foundation Prize for Women's Creativity in Rural Life: Bongisiwe Khosa of the Conservation Leadership Group was one of 13 international laureates who received this prize.
  • African Association of Zoos and Aquarias (PAAZAB): awarded to Kerryn Morrison of the African Cranes, Wetlands and Communities programme. Kerryn was recognised for her unstinting efforts to implement the African Crane Trade Project, focusing on the threats posed to Africa’s declining crane populations by the removal of cranes from the wild and illegal trade.
  • SANParks Kudu Awards: The Conservation Leadership Group was recognised for its outstanding work in capacity building and environmental education, and its contribution to conservation in rural communities, when it was named overall winner in the category of “Group Environmental Education and Capacity Building” and won a Merit Award in the category “Group Community Contribution to Conservation”.
  • Mail & Guardian Greening the Future Awards: The Conservation Leadership Group’s Rural Eco Warriors jointly won the “Water Care” category with the Coca-Cola Africa Foundation, while the Wildlife Conflict Prevention Group won a merit award in the category “Environmental Best Practice in Not-For-Profit Organisations”.

2007

  • EWT Conservation Achiever of the Year Award: Samson Phakathi
  • EWT Conservation Achiever of the Year Merit Award: Brenda Daly
  • Thembi Morgan Team Player of the Year Award: Graeme Wilson
  • EWT Working Group of the Year Award: Birds of Prey Working Group

2006

  • EWT Conservation Achiever of the Year Award: Kerryn Morrison
  • EWT Conservation Achiever of the Year Award Runner up: Samson Phakathi
  • EWT Working Group of the Year Award: Carnivore Conservation Group
  • EWT Working Group of the Year Award Runner up: Birds of Prey Working Group
  • EWT Working Group of the Year Award 2nd Runner up: Law and Policy Working Group

2005

  • EWT Conservation Achiever of the Year Award: Kevin Mc Cann
  • EWT Working Group of the Year Award: Riverine Rabbit Working Group

2004

  • EWT Conservation Achiever of the Year Award: Leon-Jacques Theron of the South African Crane Working Group
  • EWT Working Group of the Year Award: The Conservation Leadership Group
  • Game Rangers Association of Africa Silver Medal: Tim Snow of the Poison Working Group
  • EWT Eugene Marais Conservationist of the Month Award: Brenda Daly of the Conservation Breeding Specialist Group Southern Africa
  • EWT Eugene Marais Conservationist of the Month Award: Tim Snow of the Poison Working Group
  • EWT Eugene Marais Conservationist of the Month Award: Yolan Friedmann of the Conservation Breeding Specialist Group Southern Africa

2003

  • Eskom Resources and Strategy Manager’s Award Runner-up: The Eskom-EWT Strategic Partnership

2002

  • Rolex Award for Innovation: Lindy Rodwell of the South African Crane Working Group received a Rolex Laureate
  • Game Rangers Association of Africa Silver Medal: Tim Snow of the Poison Working Group
  • EWT Conservation Achiever of the Month Award: Nicola van Zijl of the Poison Working Group
  • Professional Excellence in Veterinary Nursing: Yolan Friedmann

2001

  • Green Trust Awards for the Environment Natural Resources Category: South African Crane Working Group.
  • Eskom Chairman's Award Nominee: The Eskom-EWT Strategic Partnership
  • Business Efficiency from Eskom Transmission Group Highly Commended: The Eskom-EWT Strategic Partnership

2000

  • Whitley Laing Continuation Award: Lindy Rodwell of the South African Crane Working Group
  • Mazda Wildlife Fund’s Top Ten Conservationists of the last decade: Kevin McCann of the South African Crane Working Group
  • Mazda Wildlife Fund’s Top Ten Conservationists of the last decade: Gerhard Verdoorn of the Poison Working Group
  • Mazda Wildlife Fund’s Top Ten Conservationists of the last decade: Paul Bartels of the Wildlife Biological Resource Centre
  • Green Trust Awards for the Environment: Finalist: The Eskom-EWT Strategic Partnership

1999

  • EWT Top Ten Conservationist Award: Kevin McCann of the South African Crane Working Group
  • Audi Terra Nova Award: Gerhard Verdoorn
  • Green Trust Awards for the Environment (individual category) Runner-up: Paul Bartels
  • Eskom Manager's Award: The Eskom-EWT Strategic Partnership

1998

  • Whitley Laing Foundation Conservation Award: Lindy Rodwell of the South African Crane Working Group
  • EWT Top Ten Conservationist Award: Kerryn Morrison of the South African Crane Working Group
  • EWT Top Ten Conservationist Award: Tim Snow of the Poison Working Group
  • Green Trust Environmental Awards (individual category) Finalist: Paul Bartels
  • Green Trust Awards for the Environment: Finalist: The Eskom-EWT Strategic Partnership

1997

  • Game Rangers Association of Africa’s Bronze Medal: Gerhard Verdoorn
  • Edison Electric Institute Common Goals Award: The Eskom-EWT Strategic Partnership
  • Eskom Manager's Award: The Eskom-EWT Strategic Partnership

1996

  • Green Trust Awards for the Environment Award (Individual category): Gerhard Verdoorn.