On August 7, Nissan North America (NNA) and the WWF jointly presented R700 000 ($100,000) to the South African Wildife College (SAWC). The donation is to be used for scholarships in conservation and wildlife management. The NNA and WWF work together in the name of conservation.
College Receives R700 000 Donation
This follows funding of R7 million ($1 million) by NNA, in March of this year, to establish a new environmental leadership programme for U.S. college students and to support WWF's conservation efforts in the United States and Southern Africa. Under this partnership, a portion of the donation is the scholarship earmarked for the Hoedspruit-based SAWC.The scholarship will be known as the Nissan-Russell E. Train Scholarship and will be apportioned as follows:
"Training plays a pivotal role in terms of rehabilitating and sustaining wildlife areas. Closely linked with the training of protected area managers is the role that nature-based tourism is set to play in the socioeconomic development of Southern Africa, in turn bringing larger areas under protected area management.The scholarship received today will assist in our efforts, both in the development of skilled personnel and of eco-tourism in the region,"says Theresa Sowry: SAWC general manager Nissan South Africa jointly with WWF will sustain relations with the College. Pat Senne, Nissan SA's General Manager Corporate Affairs and Communications says that the partnership is crucial in developing South African conservation expertise.