Impact of the Timbavati Foundation on local communities
Timbavati Foundation has made an significance impact on the local communities by changing people’s mindset through conservation and environmental awareness and uplifting the lives of the youth.
In the past five years Timbavati Foundation Environmental School has awarded bursaries to 10 best learners from local high schools to study Nature Conservation and Environmental Education Bridging Course at the Southern African Wildlife College.
Five of these young people have been employed by the Department of Environmental Affairs through Kruger to Canyon Biosphere and SANParks to work as environmental monitors. These young monitors work closely with the communities on the ground and facilitate environmental education (working under the Timbavati Foundation’s wings) at 15 local primary schools.
Dineo Chiloane is one of these girls whose lives have been significantly impacted.
In collaboration with the local school committees, we have identified and recruited girls from disadvantaged family backgrounds and placed them at the South African College for Tourism in Grahamstown to train in the hospitality industry.
These twenty plus girls are now working in the hospitality industry in various game reserves and also at the Southern African Wildlife College.
Some of our Timbavati Environmental School’s former learners have been placed as field rangers at Balule (the black mambas) and Timbavati Private Nature Reserves. They were all inspired to love nature after visiting the environmental school.
Mr Seepane, principal of Tladishi High School summed up their involvement with Timbavati Foundation: “We are never the same as before the existence of Timbavati relationship. We are really proud about the positive impact Timbavati is exerting on the general achievements of our institution. Bravo Timbavati Foundation. Bravo!!”
Timbavati Foundation Environmental School Committee chairperson attached with Mdluli High School, Mr Mathebula, had the last word on the progressive impact of Timbavati Foundation on local schools and communities: “May the good work continues for the development of our communities and the foundation grow and be known. “
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