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.
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.