To protect and sustain African wilderness and wildlands through integrated conservation and education programmes, the benefits of which support biodiversity and cultural, scientific, economic and spiritual values. The Vision arises from the following concerns:
The African population is becoming increasingly urbanised and potentially alienated from the natural environment;
An unacceptably small percentage of African land is allocated to the establishment and preservation of wild lands and wilderness areas;
Widespread ignorance of the value of our natural heritage including the role and significance of wild animals in human life, is placing wilderness and wildlands under threat. Consequently there is an urgent need to promote these areas as important living laboratories for understanding the environment, the human-animal interface as well as places for human spiritual growth.
Background Origins: Founded in 1972 by Dr Ian Player and the late Magqubu Ntombela, the organisation has pioneered many projects and initiatives aimed at demonstrating wilderness and wild lands as a positive, integral force in developing social and environmental sustainability in South Africa. Operating as a National South African NGO (NPO: 009-437) and registered Not-for-Profit Organisation (PBO: 18/11/13/632) its head office is based in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. The Foundation has attained both local and international recognition and awareness, through global Conservation and Wilderness networks.
The Wilderness Foundation ‘s Mission: is as a project-driven conservation and leadership organisation, to encourage, plan and protect wild lands and wilderness, uplift the knowledge and lives of citizens and stimulate an environmental ethos among current and future leaders. We envisage a world that has sufficient intact natural ecosystems and wilderness areas that are valued and effectively protected for the benefit of all species. Recognising that the protection and sustainability of South Africa’s unique wilderness areas and natural heritage is dependent on socio-political and economic conditions within a society, the Wilderness Foundation integrates conservation programmes with social and educational programmes. The Wilderness Foundation believes in the power of the wilderness to dissolve ethnic and economic inequalities essential to effective and sustainable social intervention forging one path towards social and environmental sustainability.
• To decrease the unemployment rate in South Africa
• To spread the DreamWorker model across South Africa
• To give individuals a sense of purpose, dignity, and the realisation of dreams
• To lead debate and policy regarding the issue of unemployment.
• To get as many people working as possible
• To conduct one-on-one interviews, assess CVs, verify references and find work opportunities
• To provide worker readiness support and mentorship
• To grow DreamWorker’s work creation programme - Link of Love
• To provide information and statistics on unemployment.
At Creative Consulting & Development Works, we work with purpose on an exciting array of research, evaluation, communications, facilitation and training projects to deliver exceptional value to our clients, to fullfil ourselves and to make a meaningful difference in the Development Sector.
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Development - we have faith in the potential for growth, improvement and advancement of both the individual and society.
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