Ranger Training Bursary Fund
The GRAA Ranger Training Bursary Fund was launched at our Golf Benefit Day and Fundraising Auction in Johannesburg on the 4th October 2013. This event continues to contribute funds to this cause and is kindly sponsored by Toyota South Africa. Proceeds make a direct contribution towards ensuring that rangers across Africa receive the training they deserve.
Objective of the fund
The principal objective of the fund is to financially assist members who wish to enter, or who already attend a GRAA approved educational establishment, to study towards or further a career in conservation and/or protected area management. This ties into one of the core objectives of the GRAA as laid out in its constitution as follows:
'Ensure that Game Rangers are adequately trained and equipped to carry out their primary responsibility of maintaining the integrity of wilderness areas, protected areas and other natural areas in which they work'.
In efforts to make a significant contribution to the integrity of Africa's protected areas, the GRAA offers the following courses:
The Advanced Field Ranger Course, which focuses on improving rangers' skills, operational deployments and clandestine tactics, ensuring well-rounded rangers in the field.
The Protected Area Security Operations Planning Course addresses the need for anti-poaching strategies to become proactive rather than reactive. The course focuses on field intelligence, community involvement and labour law training.
The Counter Insurgency Tracking Training Course focuses on developing the essential skills to follow tracks and reading signs insurgents leave behind.
In 2015, we upskilled 36 rangers and in 2016 we trained 27 rangers who came from across Africa for the training. All training is conducted at the Southern African Wildlife College.