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Recipient Profile: A look into how lives are being changed. NKWE RANGER Our first recipient profile is Lucky Mabela who was born and raised by his mother in a poor village called Mokopane near the Nkwe Conservation Sanctuary. Lucky is a very smart, tough and dedicated Ranger who worked very hard to become a leader and the top in his 2015 graduating class at the Nkwe Tactical Training Academy. Lucky endured six months of rigorous, multi faceted training courses that include wildlife management, wilderness survival, crime scene investigation, firearm utilization and laws, bush concealment, ambush procedures, apprehension and more. Graduates from his class are now on the front lines fighting the epidemic level wildlife poaching war in South Africa. Bisbee’s Conservation Journal and Nkwe Tactical Training Academy Staff put the following questions forward to Lucky in different sequences and form to ensure he fully understood the contents. BCF Staff Writer: Lucky since you have graduated top in the 2015 Nkwe Tactical Training Academy class and you have been employed out in the bush please tell us how it has changed your life and your families? How do you see yourself fitting in as a Ranger and making it into a career? Lucky Mabela: I was recruited near the village where I lived with my mother and referred to the Nkwe Tactical Training Academy by my pastor there. After many interviews I was selected for training in the Nkwe Tactical Training Academy. My mother and I come from a poor village outside Mokopane. Jobs are very hard to find there and I was able to have this opportunity 82 BISBEE’S CONSERVATION JOURNAL Q1/Q2 • 2016


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