Cheers all round in this quarter as a number of staff have graduated. Karen Merrett, Senior Educator, graduated from Cape Peninsula University of Technology with a Btech in Nature Conservation. Last years WIL student Xoliswa Magwentshu and Abongile Madyolo, the Education Intern have also received their Diploma. However Abongile’s officiaL graduation will be in September.

Sabelo Memani, the Skills Development Facilitator for the learnership, graduated with his BTech in Nature Conservation through a bursary from our Luqmaan Jabaar Memorial Bursary Fund. Sabelo has taken up a contract with the City of Cape Town’s Green Jobs Unit.

We are very proud of our NQF level 2 Nature Conservation: Resource Guardianship learners with 21 out of the 23 successfully completing the learnership. A graduation ceremony was held on 27 May 2016 at the Table Bay Nature Reserve. They were joined by their reserve managers, mentors and very proud families. We were fortunate to have Cllr Mark Kleinschmidt address the group with his entertaining and motivating speech.

Vuyokazi Rubushe, one of the learners, successfully placed in a permanent position as a field ranger at Helderberg Nature Reserve, gave a touching heartfelt thank you stating that “the learnership is a great opportunity that I got to be involved in. I’ve seen myself develop through the learnership”.

Another learner, Carol-Ann Jantjies said that “this learnership means so much to me because it made me realise what my calling is in life and where my passion lies.” Carol-Ann is going on to study Nature Conservation at CPUT through a bursary from our Luqmaan Jabaar Memorial Bursary Fund.

We wish the graduates all the best in their chosen paths.