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Cape and Western Cape. A review of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) programmes in the Western Cape was undertaken through a review of the institution’s detailed and easily accessible website. The Walter Sisulu University of Technology in the Eastern Cape does not have a single website and a comprehensive review of the learning programmes

offered by this institution could not be done via Cape the previous colleges and technikons, now

internet. merged

In the Eastern into the Walter

Sisulu University of Technolgy, each still have offering more comprehensive information and

individual websites, some others less so. The review

of learning programmes for this through a review of the combined

institution prospectus

was therefore undertaken recently released.

This search rendered various learning programmes offered as technikon type qualifications, from National Diplomas to Bachelor of Technology, Master of Technology and in some cases Doctor of Technology qualifications supporting careers in biodiversity conservation. These qualifications are listed in section 7.

This search was complemented by a search of learning programmes offered by private higher education institutions, including Damelin, Varsity College, Intec and Lyceum College. A list of these private higher education institutions was drawn from the Department of Education’s website as registered private higher education institutions. The search was further complemented by a review of organisations offering short courses, who in some cases also offer certificate and diploma courses. These qualifications are similarly listed in section 7.


University Qualifications supporting careers in biodiversity conservation was undertaken through a website search of learning programmes offered by universities in the Eastern Cape and the Western Cape. Learning programmes were reviewed across all faculties at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), Rhodes University (RU) and the University of Fort Hare (UFH) in the Eastern Cape and Stellenbosch University (SU), the University of Cape Town (UCT) and the University of the Western Cape (UWC) in the Western Cape. Detailed information was accessible on most websites of these institutions. However a review of courses offered at UFH had to be complemented by a review of the hard copy prospectus.

All universities offer an extensive list of learning programmes that support careers in biodiversity conservation, as listed in section 8. This search similarly yielded a list of short courses offered by various institutes and centers affiliated to the universities, listed in section 4.

As reflected above, the study in some cases was confined to either regional or sectoral boundaries or both. Factors considered in, and shaping the review and its outcomes, include:

  • The research study was undertaken as an initial review and in most cases were confined to institutions and organisations in the Western Cape and the Eastern Cape, given that the work of C.A.P.E. is focused on the Cape Floristic Region. In some cases, for example, in the case of a review of short courses offered by organisations, some organisations based in other provinces in South Africa were also reviewed.

  • Various SETAs are currently in the process of developing and registering learnerships. Though a list of all registered learnerships is available on the SETA websites or on the Department of Labour’s website, not all

Learning Opportunities for Careers in Biodiversity Conservation

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