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MWITU’S MEMO

ഀ Well, here we are. My last note to you for 2017! I’ve lovedഀ sharing all our news with you this year, and can’t wait toഀ carry on in 2018. I hope you have enjoyed reading about whatഀ the EWT pack has been up to as much as I have enjoyed puttingഀ these snippets together. Of course, your feedback is alwaysഀ welcome and can be mailed to Mwitu@ewt.org.za.
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ഀ Speaking of feedback, do you receive our bi-monthly printedഀ magazine, Conservationഀ Matters? If so, we’d love to get your input onഀ what you think is working, and what we could be doing better.ഀ Please take a few moments to fill in this survey so that we can offerഀ you an even better reading experience! We’ll randomly selectഀ one respondent to win a hamper of EWT goodies.
ഀ If you don’t receive Conservationഀ Matters and you’d like to, please send a mail to Mwitu@ewt.org.zaഀ and we’ll send you a subscription form.

ഀ As the year draws to a close, I’d also like to thank you forഀ the incredible dedication you have shown to the work of theഀ EWT – we would not be able to accomplish anything without ourഀ wonderful supporters. I hope that you have a restful holidayഀ season, however you celebrate, and look forward to bringingഀ you our next round of news in January 2018!
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ഀ ‘Til next time
ഀ Mwitu


A WORD FROM THE CEO

ഀ Regardless of culture, race, religion or nationality,ഀ December is usually a time of reflection and some sort ofഀ ‘down time’ in most societies. Be it to celebrate any one ofഀ the approximately 14 religious holidays celebrated globallyഀ this month, or to just spend time away from work, at home orഀ away, with family, friends or alone. Taking full advantage ofഀ this holiday period, adverts for entertainment options areഀ plenty and a few nights back my attention was grabbed by aഀ promotional tagline for a film (I cannot recall which one)ഀ that said “Find out what is means to be human this holiday.”ഀ This intrigued me. I can only imagine what the film must be aboutഀ (aliens, bots, sci-fi, comedy?) but that wasn’t the point. Itഀ got me thinking. We are always on a quest to find the meaningഀ of life, the meaning of ourഀ life, purpose and so on. It’s why we have families and aim toഀ have careers that satisfy us and build up trust funds andഀ leave legacies. It’s why humans are continually on a pathwayഀ towards self-development and societal growth. Even Mark Twainഀ said it when he suggested that “the two most important daysഀ in your life are when you are born and when you find outഀ why.”
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ഀ But this question is far bigger than that. It does not askഀ about the meaning of our individual lives or why we wereഀ born. Or even what we, with our one life, can do whilst onഀ earth. It asks what it means to be HUMAN. The race, theഀ species, the whole point of ever having had homo sapiensഀ exist on the planet. Wow, BIG question indeed, but I don’tഀ believe it cannot be asked and should not be asked (albeit itഀ not to promote bad films). The things we justify in ourഀ everyday lives, such as the need to make money (and lots ofഀ it), the need for development and technology and science andഀ innovation; the reasons why countries and religions go to warഀ and the reasons why we hang onto ideological positions andഀ philosophical differences; why we justify human dominion overഀ all other species and our right to use, abuse, consume andഀ alter all other species and systems to meet our own needs.ഀ All of this comes under a new perspective when the context isഀ no longer the finite lifespan of one person, their family orഀ even their society, compared with the next one. Outside ofഀ the evolutionary scale of just homo sapiens, and theഀ rapidly developing artificial world in which we increasinglyഀ live, what does it really mean to be the human race? To theഀ animals and plants around us and to the planet on which weഀ all depend for life?  Now and into the future? What isഀ our greater responsibility and purpose (do we have one?) andഀ how should our relationship with other species be understoodഀ and determined in this context? What will we leave behind oneഀ day, for those that are non-human and does this even matterഀ when we are all gone?
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ഀ I would like to believe that being human is more than justഀ having the right to use, own and modify everything. That itഀ is also to understand, learn from and be of benefit toഀ others, human or otherwise. To be part of an evolving worldഀ and not the sole driver of its need to adapt or die. To beഀ human is to be accountable and responsible for the rights weഀ have and the impact we deliver – it is to add and not subtract.ഀ Naturally, we will all have different answers to thisഀ question and that’s what makes for interesting – if possiblyഀ heated – holiday discussions around the braai or at theഀ poolside. Whatever the outcome, it is important that we askഀ this question and reflect on what role we each play in beingഀ a human being, and not just of a colour or religion. Thisഀ December, let us remember that we are ALL in fact humans, oneഀ species, with one future.
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ഀ Whatever your holiday destination or festive celebration,ഀ from all of us at the EWT we wish you peace, safety and muchഀ joy this December. Please look around you and take note ofഀ the beauty of our extraordinary planet this holiday: in theഀ brilliant sunsets, idyllic beaches, lazy summer afternoons,ഀ glorious summer dawns, in the sounds of birds calling and inഀ the magic of the bushveld, from the tops of the mountains toഀ the colourful spectacles of the waterworld; in the wildlifeഀ you encounter and in our family and friends. We have much toഀ love and even more to protect.
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ഀ PS. What does it mean to us at the EWT you may ask?
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ഀ “Savingഀ Wildlife, Saving Us.”
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ഀ ‘Til 2018, Yolan
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PROJECT NEWS

Owl-inspired wisdom solvesഀ mystery

Belindaഀ Glenn, Marketing and Communications Manager
BelindaG@ewt.org.za

ഀ A conservation superhero has turned crime fighter, as theഀ special owls he saves have led the way to a nest of stolenഀ vehicles.
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ഀ Early on Tuesday morning, 5 December, the manager of theഀ Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) Birds of Prey Programme, Drഀ Gareth Tate saw that, as usual, his Ford Ranger stood safelyഀ in the driveway. Moments later, when he looked again, thereഀ was only empty space where his Ranger once stood. A trustedഀ companion in the field for many years, the vehicle had beenഀ sponsored by the Ford Wildlife Foundation, and Gareth’s workഀ would be crippled without it. He immediately called theഀ police and the vehicle tracking company, Netstar, andഀ notified the security company that guards the street......READ MORE



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Anഀ innovative approach to rhino conservation


Sya vanഀ der Walt-Potgieter; Rhino Connect Director: Media andഀ Marketing
sya@rhinoconnect.co.za
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ഀ Two South African companies, TWK Agri and Rhino Connect, areഀ inviting individuals and companies to invest in rhinos thisഀ festive season by buying a rhino for Christmas. They haveഀ recently made history by launching the world’s firstഀ insurance fund for rhinos. They introduced the new projectഀ together with an app, another world first.

ഀ Andries Potgieter, Rhino Connect Director for Business, says:ഀ “The app is the first of its kind in the world and anഀ information hub about rhino matters, which you will not beഀ able to find anywhere else. The app connects the world withഀ local wildlife and their habitats to promote a harmonious andഀ enriched relationship between communities and the natureഀ surrounding them. Now we are challenging companies andഀ individuals to spend money on a rhino for Christmas insteadഀ of expensive office parties.”.....READ MORE

 

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Savingഀ one crane at a time…


Tanya Smith,ഀ Southern Africa Regional Manager, African Crane Conservationഀ Programme
TanyaS@ewt.org.za

ഀ Recently, our field staff were alerted to a runaway fire in theഀ Southern Drakensberg by a concerned farmer. The reason for theഀ concern? There is a breeding pair of Wattled Cranes on the farm, weഀ all knew there was a tiny chick only a few days old with the pair,ഀ and their nest site was in the direct line of the fire! Withoutഀ hesitation our African Crane Conservation Programme field officer,ഀ Janine Rennie, went out to the farm and witnessed the adult birdsഀ frantically flapping their wings, trying to keep the smoke away fromഀ their chick.

ഀ She quickly offloaded a canoe and made her way across the dam toഀ the wetland where the birds were seen. After the adults flew off,ഀ Janine very smartly mimicked the crane contact call in the hopeഀ that the crane chick would call back, thus revealing its hidingഀ spot. It called back! With the fire less than 10 m from the chick’sഀ hiding spot, Janine scooped the chick up into the boat and paddledഀ it to safety on the other side of the dam, near its parents. Thanksഀ to her quick thinking and our work with farmers and communities toഀ protect cranes in the southern Drakensberg, we are sure we areഀ contributing to an increasing population of South Africa’sഀ Critically Endangered Wattled Cranes.
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We’re sending out aഀ vulture SOS…save our scavengers!


Belinda Glenn,ഀ Marketing and Communications Manager
BelindaG@ewt.org.za

ഀ In the last issue of ChitterChatter,ഀ we introduced you to Ofentse, a juvenile White-headed Vulture thatഀ was found grounded on the Mjejane Private Nature Reserve, borderingഀ the southern Kruger National Park. Ofentse was a victim ofഀ poisoning, and only the quick actions of the team and our partnersഀ at the State Vet and Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre saved hisഀ life. After two months of rehabilitation, Ofentse took to the skiesഀ again. This is a great example of how rapid response and treatmentഀ of poisoning victims can make all the difference, especially withഀ regards to Critically Endangered species such as the White-headedഀ Vulture, where every individual counts.

ഀ It takes blood, sweat, tears and money to get injured or poisonedഀ birds back into the air. On average, it costs about R5,000 perഀ vulture and around 6-8 weeks of special care and rehab, before theyഀ are able to take to the sky.

ഀ With this in mind, we set up a vulture emergency fund, to cover theഀ costs of the rescue, rehabilitation and release of ailing birds.ഀ Every single bird counts: every individual rescued and released hasഀ the potential to breed and thrive again. We are hoping to raise theഀ funds to give every sick and injured vulture a fighting chance, andഀ ensure that each bird receives the best care necessary forഀ survival. Extraordinary care for an extraordinary species.

ഀ We are unbelievably grateful to those of you who have already madeഀ a donation towards this fund. Every amount we receive makes a difference!ഀ We are also happy to share the news with you that in late November,ഀ we were able to release a second White-headed Vulture that fellഀ prey to poisoning in the southern Lowveld earlier this year. Thisഀ sub-adult female was grounded after seemingly feeding on poisonedഀ doves, and, like Ofentse, was treated at the Moholoholoഀ Rehabilitation Centre. She was released near the SA Wildlifeഀ College, and early indications are that she is doing well.

ഀ If you would like to make a difference in the life of a vulture,ഀ please make a donation using the wordsഀ “Vulture SOS”. Large or small, your contribution will go directlyഀ to the rescue, feeding, rehabilitation and release of some ofഀ Africa’s most endangered animals.
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Conservation Week 2017


Belindaഀ Glenn, Marketing and Communications Manager
BelindaG@ewt.org.za

ഀ The first week of December saw EWT staff gathering for a few daysഀ in Parys, during our annual Conservation Week. This affords teamഀ members, who for most of the year are based throughout South Africaഀ and beyond, the valuable opportunity to learn more about eachഀ other’s work and engage in practical training activities. Practicalഀ training sessions included fish surveys, mist netting, and reptileഀ and insect sampling. Staff also received training on disabilityഀ sensitivity, while managers attended leadership training, and theഀ organisation’s strategy for 2018-2023 was presented and refined.ഀ The team was also invited to reflect extensively on how we can moreഀ effectively ‘walk the talk’ as an organisation and in our personalഀ lives, which resulted in a lot of lively discussion aroundഀ consumerism, use of single use plastics, and the like. What remainsഀ clear is that the EWT is made up of a group of passionateഀ individuals, committed to making a difference to the world we liveഀ in.

ഀ  The EWT’s annual awards, where team members are recognisedഀ for their achievements during the year, were also held during thisഀ time. The winners were:

  • Programme of theഀ Year: African Crane Conservation Programme
  • Programme Managerഀ of the Year: Cobus Theron (Drylands Conservation Programme)
  • Conservationഀ Achiever: Grant Beverley (Senior Field Worker, Carnivoreഀ Conservation Programme)
  • Conservationഀ Supporter:  Rugare Nyamhunga (Information andഀ Compliance Officer) and Ayanda Sibiya (Accountant)
  • Anatolian Awardഀ (Conflict resolution): Samson Phakathi (Senior Field Officer,ഀ Threatened Grassland Species Programme)
  • Honey Badger Awardഀ (Fiercest field officer): Emily Taylor (Coordinator, Urbanഀ Conservation and Gauteng Biodiversity Stewardship)
  • Outstanding Mediaഀ Presence: Wildlife in Trade Programme
  • The Giant Insideഀ Award (Self-improvement): Frank Jackson (Business Developmentഀ Officer), who is completing an MBA
  • New Kids on theഀ Block: Innocent Buthelezi (Field Officer, Wildlife and Roadsഀ Project) and Oldrich van Schalkwyk (Soutpansberg Protectedഀ Area Manager)
  • Pawprint Brandഀ Ambassador Award: Esther Matthew (Field Officer, Drylandsഀ Conservation Programme)
  • Specialഀ Acknowledgement: Ashleigh Dore (Attorney [non-practising] andഀ Training Coordinator, Wildlife in Trade Programme)
  • Long Service Awardsഀ – 10 years: Precious Morgan (Receptionist), Tanya Smithഀ (Southern Africa Regional Manager, African Crane Conservationഀ Programme) and Marion Burger (Senior Graphic Designer)

Conservationഀ Week 2017 was a great success, and would not have been possibleഀ without the generous support of ABI and Painted Wolf Wines, whoഀ supplied all the beverages, and Trappers, who supplied all theഀ prizes for our annual awards. Thank you!

 

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The Knysna Estuary -ഀ after the fires


Grant Smith,ഀ Estuary Projects Coordinator, Source to Sea Programme, and Bridgetഀ Jonker, Programme Manager, Source to Sea Programme
GrantS@ewt.org.za and BridgetC@ewt.org.za

ഀ Estuaries are among the most productive ecosystems in the world.ഀ They are formed where river meets ocean; fresh and salt water mixഀ to form a unique habitat rich in nutrients and generally warmerഀ than the open sea. They are also usually devoid of large predatorsഀ making them ideal nursery environments for the young of many marineഀ species. Adults breed in the open ocean after which the youngഀ retreat into the warmer, more sheltered and productive estuarineഀ waters to grow until they are ready to graduate into the deeper andഀ harsher ocean environment. About 100 species of South Africanഀ marine organisms including prawns, crabs, and fishes utiliseഀ estuaries in this way, while approximately another 400 speciesഀ migrate in and out of our estuaries at some time during theirഀ lives.

ഀ The Knysna Estuary is situated in Knysna on the Western Cape’sഀ south coast, between the towns of George and Plettenberg Bay. Dueഀ to biodiversity importance, habitat importance, zonal type, rarityഀ and size, the Knysna Estuary has been classified as the mostഀ important Estuarine System in South Africa. The Knysna estuaryഀ supports South Africa’s largest seagrass population, dominated byഀ Cape Dwarf-eelgrass which is listed as globally Vulnerable toഀ extinction. The eelgrass provides critical habitat for a myriadഀ aquatic animals including the Endangered Knysna Seahorse, theഀ Critically Endangered Pulmonate/False Limpet, the nationallyഀ protected Pansy Shell and the rare Knysna Sandgoby. Species such asഀ the Endangered Knysna Leaf-folding Frog, the Endangered Brentonഀ Blue Butterfly and the Knysna Dwarf Chameleon inhabit a range ofഀ local habitats, the majority of which are also Endangered.....READ MORE

This projectഀ is a partnership between the EWT and the Knysna Basin Project andഀ is being supported by Ryobi and Nedbank.
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Sea lettuceഀ smothering Cape dwarf eelgrass

 

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Aഀ ‘Bioblitz’ in Adams Mission


Cherise Acker,ഀ Senior Field Officer, Threatened Amphibian Programme
CheriseA@ewt.org.za

ഀ Adams Mission is a tribal community just inland of Amanzimtoti,ഀ KwaZulu-Natal, and boasts two threatened ecosystems, namely coastalഀ wetlands and swamp forests, which are relatively intact and whichഀ are home to a vast array of flora and fauna. Of particular interestഀ to the Threatened Amphibian Programme is the Endangeredഀ Pickersgill’s Reed Frog, which has been found in the areaഀ (originally by Marius Burger) and provided the focus for the siteഀ being including in our alien clearing programme across wetlands inഀ eThekwini. Through working in the area, we discovered the eggs ofഀ the Endangered Kloof Frog, in April 2016, bringing the threatenedഀ frog species count to two. Through support from the Rainforestഀ Trust, we have been training four local nature site guides fromഀ Adams Mission with the aim of promoting ecotourism to the area. Theഀ area has now become a focus for habitat protection efforts throughഀ working with the local community, and as part of this process, weഀ want to know what other interesting biota could be found here.
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Recently,ഀ local nature enthusiasts climbed out of bed at the crack of dawn toഀ participate in a mission to answer this question. The day was coolഀ and overcast with just a touch of drizzle. With a flask of coffeeഀ in hand and snacks to keep the team going, 11 of us set off on anഀ exploration of one of the wetland and swamp forest patches withinഀ the greater system. We were amazed to find 15 different species ofഀ frogs in the area, including sightings of Pickersgill’s Reed Frog,ഀ the Kloof Frog, and what we believe to be the tadpole of theഀ Vulnerable Spotted Shovel-nosed Frog, qualifying Adams Mission as aഀ must-visit frogging destination in the Durban area.

ഀ Birders are also in for a real treat. In the same area, you willഀ find the beautiful Malachite Kingfisher, the Little Bee Eater,ഀ Paradise Flycatcher and Black Sunbirds, which were among the 23ഀ bird species spotted between 06:00 and 14:00 during the Bioblitz.

ഀ Of course, one can never overlook the plants that support all theseഀ special creatures, so in between the flying, hopping and crawlingഀ creatures, we confirmed 45 identified indigenous plants.


ഀ We would like to thank everyone for joining us on this special day.ഀ Your time and effort is greatly appreciated!
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Beekeeping: My Personal Experiences


Thabo Madlala,ഀ Southernഀ Drakensberg Crane Conservation Project Eco-Ranger, Africanഀ Crane Conservation Programme
ThaboM@ewt.org.za

ഀ It is my privilege to be one of the pioneer beekeepers who receivedഀ training in beekeeping through the Healthy Catchment Allianceഀ Programme, a partnership between the EWT, Conservation South Africaഀ and Wildlife and Environmental Society of South Africa. After beingഀ trained in 2016, I designed my first hive. Encouragingly, the beesഀ colonised it after only a month. This was a learning experience forഀ me as it enabled me to gain new knowledge about bees and theirഀ foraging habits. In my spare time, I train people on beekeeping andഀ permaculture. I also conduct general environmental education and awarenessഀ in my community through my hiking club.....READ MORE
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Wildlifeഀ in Trade team builds capacity in the sector


Dr Andrewഀ Taylor, Wildlife Ranching Project Officer, Wildlife in Tradeഀ Programme, and Ashleigh Dore, Programme Officer, Wildlife in Tradeഀ Programme
AndrewT@ewt.org.za and AshleighD@ewt.org.za

ഀ We conducted our fourth and fifth two-week training courses onഀ wildlife crime analysis during September and October 2017. Theഀ fourth was conducted at the South African Wildlife College, whereഀ we had six participants from the private and state sectors. Theഀ fifth was conducted at Tsolwana Nature Reserve in the Eastern Cape,ഀ where we had seven participants from the Eastern Cape Parks andഀ Tourism Agency. The training forms part of a project funded by theഀ US Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement with theഀ objective of training conservation managers to use data collectedഀ by field rangers to improve the effectiveness of anti-poachingഀ patrols.

ഀ We also hosted the Advanced Cycad Training Intervention for theഀ second year running. This four-week course provides valuable skillsഀ in cycad identification (including various practical sessions andഀ the use of new cycad identification tools), an in-depth overview ofഀ legislation relating to cycad species and an advanced lawഀ enforcement components. Members from the South African Policeഀ Service and Provincial Nature Conservation Authorities haveഀ attended the two sessions hosted thus far, session one: 10 – 13ഀ October (Nelspruit) and session two: 30 October – 3 Novemberഀ (Eastern Cape). Special thanks to Tommie Steyn, Willem van Stadenഀ and Etienne Kitching for their assistance in facilitating theseഀ training sessions and to US Fish and Wildlife Service for fundingഀ the training intervention.
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EVENTS


Country Club Johannesburg Talk


Who let theഀ Dogs in? Endangered African Wild Dogs introduced into northernഀ Kruger National Park 
ഀ Date: 6 February 2017
ഀ Speaker: Grant Beverley
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Online Store

Our storeഀ will re-open on 15 January 2018. Any orders placed after 14ഀ December 2017 will only be processed after we re-open.
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SUPPORTERഀ NEWS


Celebratingഀ our supporters


ഀ The EWT held its AGM in early November, where our integrated report
for 2016/2017ഀ was launched. This occasion also provided a special opportunity toഀ recognise some of our incredible supporters, without whom our workഀ would not be possible.
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The EWT has,ഀ historically, given out its most prestigious award, the Cheetahഀ Award, to individuals or organisations that have gone beyond theഀ call of duty and extended themselves in support of the EWT, in theഀ areas of fundraising, business, strategic partnerships, and overallഀ development of the core functions of the EWT and its programmes.ഀ Special Acknowledgement awards are awarded to those whoseഀ commitment and dedication to the EWT is deserving of recognition.

ഀ This year’s Cheetah Award recipients were:

  • Drs Phil and Sueഀ Roberts

Through aഀ generous donation from the Roberts family, including Phil and Sueഀ and their brothers and their families, the EWT was able to purchaseഀ the Medike Mountain Reserve in the Soutpansberg Mountains.

  • Ford Wildlifeഀ Foundation

The Fordഀ Wildlife Foundation has shown incredible support for the EWT thisഀ year, ensuring that many of our projects are able to stay on theഀ road and continue with the critical conservation work being doneഀ across vast distances.

  • Lynda du Plessis

Lynda has shownഀ great dedication and passion for the work of the EWT during theഀ year, and has gone above and beyond help to cement the importantഀ relationship we have with the Ford Wildlife Foundation.

  • Elizabeth Wakemanഀ Henderson Charitable Foundation

Theഀ Elizabeth Wakeman Henderson Charitable Foundation (EWHCF) hasഀ supported a number of EWT projects over the last eight yearsഀ through the provision of generous funding each year for both newഀ projects as well as existing projects that provide criticalഀ conservation work on the ground.

  • Running Manഀ Adventures

Running Manഀ Adventures has gone above and beyond over the last three years inഀ support of various EWT projects, raising more than R700,000 throughഀ various fundraising events.

  • Rand Merchant Bank

Randഀ Merchant Bank (RMB) has been an incredible supporter of the EWT forഀ more than a decade, partnering with six of our programmes to helpഀ us unlock the green economy and restore ecosystems in keyഀ conservation areas across southern Africa.

ഀ This year’s Special Acknowledgement Award recipients were:

  • Floris Pelser of FPഀ Labour Consultants

Florisഀ Pelser was approached as part of a drive to get BBBEE consultantsഀ to refer their clients to the EWT for SED funding and has shownഀ outstanding commitment to the work of the EWT.

  • Institute of Directorsഀ in Southern Africa

The EWT wasഀ eager to reap the benefits of having an external appraisal of ourഀ Board, despite this not being a requirement for a Trust, as weഀ aspire to the highest levels of corporate governance. As such, weഀ were thrilled when the IoDSA kindly offered to sponsor this workഀ for us.

  • Deidre Herbst

Over theഀ last few years, the EWT has been the beneficiary of an event calledഀ the Rhino Peak Challenge – a race up the iconic Rhino Peak in theഀ Drakensberg. Deidre Herbst, Environmental Manager for Eskom, one ofഀ our Strategic Partners, agreed to take on this challenge, withഀ R11,430 being pledged towards her race by 61 donors.

  • Deloitte Southernഀ Africa

Deloitteഀ provides a professional team of auditors including partner, managerഀ and field audit staff to audit our books of account annually. Theseഀ services are provided proഀ bono which results in tremendous cost savings for theഀ EWT.
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 Ourഀ corporate supporters for the year were also recognised with certificatesഀ of appreciation. The full list of our supporters can be found onഀ our website.
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FNB volunteers make aഀ difference


Tammy Baker,ഀ Business Development Officer
TammyB@ewt.org.za


ഀ The EWT, in partnership with the FNB volunteers’ programme, gotഀ together at Turffontein Primary on 31 October to implement aഀ vegetable garden at this feeder scheme school. With sun cream, hatsഀ and loads of water to keep us going, we all got stuck in. Afterഀ three hours of intensive gardening, we were very impressed with ourഀ efforts!
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This formsഀ part of our Urban Conservation Programme and was funded by FNBഀ staff who raise money through various avenues to help communities.ഀ FNB volunteers will also be getting involved in the feedingഀ facilities at the school and have already made an impact to beഀ proud of. A big thank you to Yasmeen Mayet and Ana da Rocha (bothഀ from FNB Business Projects and Operations), and the rest of theഀ volunteers from FNB for their enthusiasm and support.
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Make a difference withഀ WildlifeCampus


ഀ WildlifeCampus is a Field Guide Association of South Africa (FGASA)ഀ endorsed distance learning provider, and has been offeringഀ wildlife, wildlife-related, guiding and natural science courses forഀ over 16 years. As a supporter of the EWT, WildlifeCampus is proudഀ to share that by signing up for one of our online courses, 25% ofഀ your tuition fee will be donated directly, free of anyഀ administration or facility fees, to the EWT! By using the referenceഀ EWT when registering, you will be helping to make Conservation inഀ Action possible.

ഀ Find out more about the available courses at www.wildlifecampus.comഀ or contact us on info@wildlifecampus.com
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Donating is now as easyഀ as snapping your fingers… or yourഀ phone!         


ഀ Supporters can now donate to the EWT quickly and safely, usingഀ SnapScan. All you need to do is:

  1. Download theഀ SnapScan application on your smartphone
  2. Register with yourഀ details – this should take no more than a few minutes
  3. Scan our EWTഀ barcode to make your donation in the amount of your choice (beഀ sure to choose donation rather than e-shop from the dropdownഀ menu) – you’ll be asked to enter your PIN so you know theഀ transaction is secure

It’s as easyഀ as one-two-three! Once you’ve made your donation via SnapScan,ഀ you’ll get an SMS confirming the transaction, and the EWT will beഀ notified via SMS too. Supporting Conservation in Action couldn’t beഀ simpler.

No SnapScan?ഀ No problem! Simply SMS ‘SAVE’ to 31913 to donate R15 to help makeഀ Conservation in Action possible!

 

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Everyഀ swipe counts!


ഀ Did you know that you can support the EWT through the MyPlanetഀ programme? The MyPlanet fundraising programme was launched as anഀ extension of MySchool to provide community-minded people likeഀ yourself the opportunity to support a worthy cause, such as theഀ EWT, that is focused on the improvement and protection of theഀ environment and animals. And it doesn’t cost you a cent!
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So get yourഀ free MyPlanet card (no monthly fees, no costs to you!) and nominateഀ the EWT as the beneficiary you wish to support. Then swipe yourഀ card at partner stores when you shop, and they will donate aഀ percentage of your purchases on your behalf.

  • If you don't have aഀ MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet card yet, simply apply for yourഀ free card now and select the EWT as your beneficiary. Once youഀ start swiping your card, we’ll start receiving funds.
  • If you already haveഀ a MySchool card, but would like to change your beneficiary orഀ add a charity, simply call the Client Service Centre on 0860ഀ 100 445 or email cs@myschool.co.zaഀ – there is no need to get a new card!

Find out more by visiting http://www.myschool.co.za/schools/myplanet

 

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