CALL FOR NOMINATIONS THE 2021 WESSA ANNUAL AWARDS The goals of the WESSA Awards are as follows: 1. To give appropriate, high level recognition to people, groups or institutions for advancing the cause of environmental conservation and/or education in South Africa in an exceptional and sustained...

7th May 2021 RESPONSE TO MINISTER CREECY’S RELEASE OF REPORT OF HIGH-LEVEL PANEL ON THE MANAGEMENT, BREEDING, HUNTING, TRADE AND HANDLING OF ELEPHANT, LION, LEOPARD AND RHINOCEROS We welcome the decisive action taken by the Minister to end the captive lion breeding industry and restoring South Africa’s key...

7th May 2021 Tourism Blue Flag Project (Phase 2) After successfully recruiting a full complement of 104 second year Beach Stewards, WESSA’s Tourism Blue Flag Project enjoyed a number of firsts with them over April: We enjoyed a problem-free first round of accredited tourism guiding training, over the second...

19th April 2021 PRESS RELEASE Kruger National Park Rhino population The Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) would like to express its concern about  the now well-documented decline (more than 50%) of the rhino population in the Kruger National Park (KNP) over the last 10 years...

For 19th th February 2021 PRESS RELEASE At our graduation ceremony held in Simonstown on Friday, 16 previously unemployed Western Cape youth graduated from the Tourism Blue Flag Project. Funded by the National Department of Tourism (NDT), and implemented by WESSA, the TBF Project is a youth skills-training programme....

For 18thth February 2021 PRESS RELEASE                      At our graduation ceremony held in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday, 22 previously unemployed Eastern Cape and Garden Route youth graduated from the Tourism Blue Flag Project.  Funded by the National Department of Tourism (NDT), and implemented by WESSA, the...

For 15thth February 2021 PRESS RELEASE                   Tourism Blue Flag Youth Graduate into the Tourism Economy  At our graduation ceremony held at uShaka Sea World in Durban, 31 previously unemployed KZN youth graduated from the Tourism Blue Flag Project.  Funded by the National Department of Tourism...