One of the core functions of the Pilanesberg Wildlife Trust is to promote the upliftment of the communities in the related fields of Nature Conservation and Tourism on the periphery of the Pilanesberg National Park.
Projects that the PWT takes on are identified by the Community Development Officer of the North West Parks & Tourism Board.
The Trust steps in to assist where funds are not available or not enough to meet the needs of the projects identified.
Many of the communities surrounding Pilanesberg have been defined by poverty, and a lack of opportunity to improve their standard of living.
Community development seeks to empower groups of people and individuals by providing them with the skills and tools they need to effect change in their own communities.
The continued enjoyment and associated custodianship of the Pilanesberg National Park is a matter that the trust holds dear to.
This can only be achieved by creating a feeling of ownership and pride of the Park within the local community, including the young children, to the wonders big and small that abound within this haven.
The Trust, in conjunction with the concessionaires in the Park, participates with local wildlife clubs by taking them into the Park to explore the fascinating world of wildlife that exists literally on their doorstep.
Talks and presentations are given to visiting school groups and special interest parties to instil the profound importance of the interdependence of man and the few wild places that still exist today.
Projects of the PWT
The PWT will list the projects undertaken on this website as they come on board.
Key areas of focus are:
- Youth Development
- Sustainable Economic Development
Two local students in the field of conservation will be identified and a bursary issued to each for up to 3 years study at a recognised Institute like the Tshwane University of Technology for example.