About the Skukuza Science Leadership Initiative (SSLI)
The Nsasani Trust and its partners, South African National Parks (SANParks) and the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS), are leading a new initiative that focuses on developing science leadership and capacity for South Africa. This initiative entails the development of holistic education and training courses designed to better prepare individuals to handle complex environmental and social problems, as well as the creation of an inspirational and sustainably-built learning space in the Kruger National Park.
Through multi-level programming, contribution to long term research, the linking of existing science training and research in the KNP, and the building of a sustainable education and training facility this initiative will contribute to a hub for science leadership in Skukuza. The hub will bring together local and international scientists and park managers and ensure that intellectual capital and science skills are transferred to developing South African science students and technicians.
The core programming concept for the Skukuza Science Leadership Initiative is depicted in the diagram below. The streamed, partnered programme, supported by the Skukuza Science Leadership Centre yields three key products:
Programs contribute to SANParks long term research objectives.
Our programs have the same overarching goal: To train inspired, skilled, graduates and industry ready leaders with a sustainability ethos.
The facility provides a hub for community outreach, knowledge and skills transfer and research collaboration.