The Southern African Wildlife College (SAWC) conducted its theory FGASA (Field Guides Association of Southern Africa) Level 1 Nature Guiding test last Friday.
The SAWC is one of the Field Guide Association of South Africa (FGASA), and was chosen to host the ten delegates sponsored by Amarula, under the Amarula Field Guide Scholarship Programme.
The Coordinator of the SAWC, Christopher Kafoteka, has once more confirmed to Sunday Standard a day before the test that he was hopeful to achieve a good pass rate, “probably over 65%,” though he noted that there was too much to be covered over a short time obviously leading to lack or rest. Kafoteka also pointed out that students who achieve 75% pass mark or more would be considered for the practical assessment.
The spokesperson for Amarula, Elizabeth Gray, also added that Amarula would continue to pay for their delegates if they meet the required mark, “Yes, Amarula will be sponsoring the practical assessment test as this is part of the course at the South African Wildlife College,” she asserted.
Kafoteka said that to achieve the FGASA nature guide qualification, one should be proved to be competent in both theory and practical assessments.
One of the Amarula delegates, Shadrack Lemponye, an employee of Mobile Safaris in Maun who already holds a Botswana Guides Licence, says that he expected to be enrolled in the program because of his relevant experience.
Lemponye told Sunday Standard that he has always been fascinated with nature hence his venture into the Tourism industry.
“I have always been fascinated with nature and wildlife. I also love meeting foreigners and people from different cultures. I feel I could help them to enjoy, understand and appreciate Southern Africa,” said Lemponye.
He also revealed that his stay at the SAWC has been intense because of the pressure from the course, adding that the course provided “deep” insights into the natural environment and its inhabitants.
“We get both practical training, walks in the bush, game drives and theoretical training spending a total of 7 hours in class.”
The un-official exam results will be released by 3rd of April and official results will be released by FGASA after modulation of the assessments.