Andre Wenham Bursary
The Andre Wenham Bursary was started in 2012 and was initiated and funded by Peter Larson in memory of Andre Wenham (1977 – 2007). Andre studied Nature Conservation and his passion for the land and wildlife, while guiding Peter Larson on a hunt, subsequently inspired him to begin a bursary for students who show equal passion and sincerity for their subject. This bursary is associated with the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) and is only for students studying Nature Conservation. This is a 3 year course (2 years theoretical and 1 year practical) To apply for this bursary students are required to send their marks, CVs, letters of introduction/motivation and a specific essay (usually dealing with current conservation issues). Lecturers at CPUT are consulted with and final candidates are met. The chosen candidate has their 2nd and 3rd year costs covered as well as extra money for any equipment they may need in their 3rd year.
Being custodians of this bursary and being a part of a company with the aim of contributing to education and research we hope to be in the position in the near future to have a full time 3rd year student each year.
Past Bursary students
2012 – Willem Krynauw
“I was blessed enough to have been the first recipient of the Andre Wenham Bursary. I finished studying at CPUT in 2012. I decided to try and follow in Andre and his brother’s (Pete Wenham) footsteps and completed a professional hunting course in Limpopo in February 2013. I am currently employed by Three Tree Hill Lodge in the Drakensberg and combine full time guiding with professional hunting at Lowlands Hunting Safaris. I am an avid hunter and believe sustainable and ethical hunting is an integral part of wildlife conservation.”
Willem is currently working with an anti-poaching unit within South Africa.
2013 – Evan Kortjie
“I live in Grabouw, where my passion and love for Nature Conservation originated. I studied Nature Conservation at CPUT in 2011 and completed my 3rd year and final year at Karoo National Park in 2013. Currently, I am a part-time student at CPUT studying a B.Tech Degree in Nature Conservation. After my studies I want to apply for a Nature Conservation vacancy anywhere in the country. My motivation for passion in this field is the saying…”Man cannot create, man cannot recreate, man can only conserve“. (unknown author)”
Evan completed his B. Tech Degree at the end of 2015 and is now an Environmental Education Officer at the Hottontots Holland Nature Reserve.
2014 – Nicole Durand
Nicole Durand completed her final year at Rondevlei Nature Reserve in the Cape. She is hoping to do her B Tech Degree in 2015/16 and would like to get a job with the City of Cape Town.
2015 – Sally Reece
“My conservation interests are varied but more recently I’ve become interested in private land stewardship programmes and the need for creating buffer zones and corridors between these natural areas. I’ll be doing my 3rd year practical at Lourensford Wine Estate where they have a well established stewardship program linked with WWF. I hope to learn more about how they manage conservation and sustainable agriculture on the estate; I think there is an ever-growing need for these aspects to work together. Looking to the future I see myself working more on a larger landscape and ecosystem scale in helping to protect natural areas.”
2016 – Julia Hollander
“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it – Robert Sann
In 2014 during my first year of studying Nature Conservation I happened to stumble upon this quote. It’s shear simplicity and inescapable truth was so clear. The truth is if I wish for things to change then I need to stand up and accept the challenge and it is as simple as that. I am honoured to have been chosen for the bursary this year. I have been placed at Table Bay Nature Reserve for my 2016 WIL year which falls under the City of Cape Town. I have always been intrigued by urban reserves and the struggles they face, having to protect the biodiversity while still compromising and catering for the people and communities. It is a difficult task especially when everyone has an opinion. I hope to one day make a difference not only in South Africa but also on a global scale. I know my passion will carry me far and my determination will carry me even further. This bursary has inspired me greatly and I hope to touch as many hearts as Andre did”.
2017 – Fabrice Turikumwe and Andre Laas