November 2, 2022

Cape Fox Awards 2022

Conservation at Work held the 2022 Cape Fox Awards at a cocktail function on the 26th October 2022 at Zevenwacht Wine Estate. Lockdown restrictions and funding cuts post-pandemic have had a markable social impact and presented various conservation challenges to our members.  In spite hereof, we have seen some impactful conservation efforts across the board and the level of entries for this year’s awards was outstanding. There are five award categories for conservation agencies, individual landowners and conservancies. This year we added an additional award. In recognition of his contribution to conservation, the inaugural Mossie Basson Conservation Legend Award was introduced this year. Mossie Basson is widely acknowledged as a pioneer in conservation circles and has made ground-breaking contributions to nature conservation in the country. We congratulate all the winners!

The Mossie Basson conservation Legend awarded will be for outside conservation agencies who have worked with a large number of our members in various conservation activities: Awarded to Cape Leopard Trust

The Best Supporting Partner award, for conservation agencies that support the committee of Conservation at Work and its members with funding, resources, organisation and events. Awarded to Runner up: Department of Agriculture: LandCare and Winner – WWF South Africa

The Best individual landowner or managed property award went to: Runner up: Villiera Wines and Trophy winner: Boschendal Wines

The Conservation Driver award, which recognises the progressive conservation achievements that conservancies have reached, such as improving conservancy governance structure, improving income generation, getting baseline data projects going, making themselves visible, and increasing memberships went to: Runner up: Pietersfontein Conservancy and Trophy winner: Bottelary Hills Renosterveld Conservancy

The Innovative Landscape Conservation award, for conservancies that are initiating innovative conservation projects in the landscape that have significant environmental and social benefits, went to: Runner up: Nuwejaars Special Management Area and Trophy Winner: Rooiberg Breederiver Conservancy

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