SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

We believe in contributing to the social upliftment of all South Africans and are committed to making a real sustainable difference in our communities.

To date our community-based CSI activities are limited to initiatives in and around Gravelotte as there is no significant community within close proximity to the Selati Game Reserve. With the exception of the Consolidated Murchison Mine located to the north of the Reserve, the district comprises mainly game related enterprises, characterised by low employment numbers.

However, our future strategy demands that we develop ongoing programmes further afield, aligned to nurturing a better understanding and appreciation of the environment.

Current Initiatives

Enterprise and Skills Development

The Selati Game Reserve plays a leading role in the Gravelotte Wild Life Producers Association.

The Association is currently developing a model to assist communities set up game breeding programmes in an effort to advance the members’ interests in the area of BEE oriented enterprise and skills development. These projects will be aimed at communities who have access to land, such as the beneficiaries of restitution claims.

Scholarships for Grade 7 Students

We annually award scholarships to two promising students from the Gravelotte community to attend Grade 7 at the Gravelotte Primary School.

Bush Buddies

Selati Game Reserve is dedicated to a conservation philosophy that embraces the human communities with whom we share this environment.  Bush Buddies, the Reserve’s own youth development programme, is our answer to the challenges posed by our unique context: a context in which young South Africans still struggle to connect across entrenched divides, and preserving the environment frequently falls to the bottom of a long national priority list.  Founded in 2016, the Bush Buddies initiative brings secondary school learners from disparate communities together for a year-long programme of learning and interaction, coalescing around a series of wilderness weekends right here on the Reserve. Under the capable guidance of Reserve managers Dusty and Lourette Joubert, the learners came to grips with bush-craft basics: from identifying and tracking animals, to assessing river health, to stargazing… even dissecting an impala! These intensive, fun and inspiring excursions are supported by continued learning and interaction online throughout the year. The inaugural programme involved six learners from a leading Nelspruit independent school Penryn College – also the home of Penreach, one of Africa’s largest education outreach initiatives – and six learners from Zivuko Secondary School in rural Nkowankowa, Limpopo. During the course of the year, the learners discover the principles of conservation and sustainability, with the aim of triggering a sense of personal investment and ownership in the wellbeing of this ecosystem. Just as importantly, they break down barriers and make friends that they would otherwise never have met – an experience that we hope will colour their view of themselves and their fellow South Africans forthe rest of their lives.

General support of Gravelotte Primary School

We are actively involved with a number of ongoing initiatives at the School, the most recent being:

  • Soil preparation for a piece of land ear-marked for a vegetable garden.
  • Repair and extension of the jungle gyms for the pre-primary phase.
  • Repair of the school entrance gate to increase school security (in partnership with Break Even company).
  • Ongoing feeding scheme for the children to ensure they have at least one nutritious meal every day.

The Selati Game Reserve Employee Scheme

Various initiatives are running:

  • Staff members are supplied with seedlings and pesticides and have established their own vegetable garden.
  • Staff members have set up a small enterprise, selling wood cleared from the Reserve.