OUR IMPACT PLATFORMS

With our vision to care for the land, wildlife and people, while delivering extraordinary guest experiences, and the constraints of finite resources, we have needed to use various means to assist us with a number of key functions; implementation, fundraising, communication and research.
THESE PLATFORMS CAN BE GROUPED IN TWO CATEGORIES:
Partnerships
  • Africa Foundation
  • Rhinos Without Borders
  • (WWF) Black Rhino Range Expansion Project
  • Research institutions

By finding organisations with aligned values and complementary skills (who have relationships, resources, experience, etc.), we have been able to capitalise on the “multiplier effect”, where one plus one equals three.

Constraint breeds creativity, and with finite resources being our limitation, it has necessitated the search for organisations that can complement our efforts in their ability to deliver against the plans set to impact our Care journey.

We have defined our goals, and have explored partnerships with those who share the same objectives. Our relationships with these collaborators have evolved on mutual benefit and trust, and have been a crucial part of the impact we have had over 25 years.

Campaigns
  • Oceans Without Borders
  • &Beyond Life

In this age of information, it is often difficult to cut through the “noise”. In order to be heard, the message has to be easily assimilated and distinct enough to stand out. With this requirement, we have used campaigns to summarise and launch some of our initiatives to facilitate more effective communication.

A representation of the vehicles used against our model

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A representation of the vehicles used against our model

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Oceans Without Borders is an &Beyond marine conservation campaign where guests have the opportunity to impact marine conservation

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University of South Africa

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An internal programme aimed at educating and inspiring &Beyond staff through personal development and well-being initiatives

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&Beyond’s community development partner

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World Wildlife Fund

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Rhinos Without Borders, a joint project between Great Plains Conservation, the Botswana Government and &Beyond

AFRICA FOUNDATION

Empowering communities, enabling conservation

Africa Foundation is an independent, tax-exempt non-profit organisation registered in South Africa, the United States and the United Kingdom. Working together with &Beyond and in consultation with the communities themselves, Africa Foundation facilitates the socio-economic development of rural communities living in or close to the continent’s conservation areas.
AFRICA FOUNDATION MISSION

To facilitate the empowerment and development of people living within protected wildlife areas in Africa by forging unique partnerships between conservation initiatives and local communities, thus making these initiatives relevant to the people.

WHY AFRICA FOUNDATION AND &BEYOND

For &Beyond, our involvement with Africa Foundation represents our core tenet of Care of the People, with the Foundation as the preferred partner through which we work with the identified communities surrounding the reserves where we operate.

We believe that, in order for wildlife to thrive, local populations need to experience the benefits of participation in conservation. This is becoming more relevant with building pressure from increased rural populations, limited resources and limited ability of local governments to accommodate the social business and infrastructural needs of rural areas surrounding wildlife reserves. The Africa Foundation methodology empowers communities to grow their own capacity and to have an influence on decisions that have a direct impact on their lives, both from a social and economic point of view.

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&BEYOND NEEDSAFRICA FOUNDATION NEEDS
Skilled workforce in close proximity to our lodgesAwareness of and donations towards projects by &Beyond guests
Increase of quality products available locallyAdministration and infrastructure – office services, travel planning assistance, accommodation in lodges
Assistance with identification and implementation of key community projects involving lodge staffCentral administration support for Africa Foundation South Africa, so that donor funding can flow directly to projects

WHERE DOES AFRICA FOUNDATION WORK

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How Africa Foundation works with communities to create success

Road to empowered communities 
Africa Foundation Approach

The Africa Foundation’s methodology is based on a collaborative, consultative approach. Africa Foundation listens to the communities own identified needs and guides them in the process of considering the appropriate projects to address these needs. It then works directly with a project committee, consisting of community members who have been proactive in engaging with local stakeholders. Each project is led by a local champion from the community. The table reference outlines the positive outcomes of this approach.

Africa Foundation impact over 25 years

Africa Foundation focuses on four key development areas that support community empowerment.

  • Education
  • Healthcare & clean water
  • Small business development
  • Environment and conservation

The appropriate training, skills and resources are provided by Africa Foundation or through partner organisations to ensure projects are not only effectively implemented but remain self-sustainable long after initiation.

Over 25 years, Africa Foundation has made a clear and significant impact on the health, education and economic standing of the identified communities surrounding the wildlife reserves where &Beyond operates.

Comparing working WITH versus FOR communities
WORKING WITH PEOPLEWORKING FOR PEOPLE
You learn from their culture and customs.You teach them your culture and customs.
You listen to what they have to say.You tell them what you think.
You create a platform for dialogue and participation.You impose solutions according to your experience.
You build on local wisdom and community assets.You assume that underdevelopment is equal to lack of wisdom and intellect.
You build the community’s capacity to find solutions to their own problems.You build infrastructure that leaves the people behind and is frequently vandalised.
You build sustainable solutions and encourage ownership
of assets.
The solutions imposed are not sustainable and lack community ownership, creating ‘white elephants’.
You identify and prioritise the community’s needs with the community.It is difficult to differentiate between needs and wants without community participation and projects are prioritised according to the most dominant voices, rather than genuine need.
It is expensive in the short term, but cheap in the long term, which means the impact will be felt long after the fact.It is cheap in the short term but expensive in the long term, which means that there is self-gratification in the short term, with no long-term impact.
You work with legitimate and credible community leadership.You work with the most influential and dominant members
of the community.
The build-up process is slow, deep and strong.The build-up process is quick, shallow and weak.
You serve the community’s agenda and build the relationship.You serve a self-serving and short-lived hidden agenda.
Donor money and time is well invested for future generations.Projects become what the donor community refers to as a “bottomless pit” and ultimately drive donors away.
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COMMUNITY LEADERS EDUCATION FUND (CLEF)

Africa Foundation’s CLEF bursary programme offers funding to students from communities that border our conservation areas. Launched in 1995, the aim of the bursaries is to grow leadership by offering high school graduates the opportunity to improve their career prospects through tertiary study. 

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HIPPO HIGH ROLLERS

These drums hold 90 litres (25 gallons) of water and are easily rolled along the ground by means of a stainless steel holder, as opposed to the usual 5 litre (one gallon) containers that are traditionally carried on the heads of women and children. 

Rhinos Without Borders

Rhinos Without Borders aims to ensure the survival of rhino, by creating viable breeding populations of the species, through translocating 100 rhino from high risk poaching areas in South Africa to comparative safety in the wilderness strongholds of Botswana.

The project is a joint fundraising and implementation intiative between &Beyond, Great Plains Conservation and the Botswana Government. The initiative’s success is testament to what can be done when the tourism sector, which benefits the most from Africa’s wildlife, stands united to play a meaningful and positive role in conservation. While &Beyond and Great Plains Conservation have taken the leadership role in this project, we view it as a collaboration with the entire travel industry and look forward to encouraging more of our travel partners to work towards this common goal. Together, we have raised $3.6million and have pledges amounting to a further $860 000. We believe that, if we all work together, we have a greater chance of helping to save Africa’s wild places, which we all depend on for our success.

PROBLEM

Rhino poaching in South Africa is at an all-time high, with more rhino lost to poachers than born per year.

SOLUTION

&Beyond and Great Plains have partnered to translocate 100 rhino from South Africa to Botswana.

WHY TRANSLOCATIONS?
  • Rhino are taken from existing high density populations that are attracting more and more poaching, and released in an area that has few numbers of rhino and an excellent anti-poaching record.
  • By creating multiple populations of rhino in a number of geographic regions, we are making it harder for poachers to operate than by having one concentrated population in one country.
  • By moving the rhino to Botswana, we are creating new breeding nodes for the species. Having more than one viable breeding population of rhino helps diversify their gene pool and increase the rhino breeding rate.
  • On a purely practical level, the initiative is also helping to increase the number of rhino in Botswana, assisting wildlife authorities in reaching their objective of growing the rhino population in the country.

A global effort to secure on-going survival

South Africa to Botswana
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WWF – Black Rhino Range Expansion Project

The Black Rhino Range Expansion Project (BRREP) was started in 2003 to counter the dramatic decrease in numbers of black rhino, which led to their near extinction in the 1990s. The Black Rhino Range Expansion Project is a partnership between the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Board. It is supported by the Ford Wildlife Foundation.

&Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve was the first private reserve to receive black rhino as part of this historic project when 15 rhino were introduced to the reserve in 2004. &Beyond Phinda was selected to take part in this initiative by the WWF due to our proven successes in conservation and community work, which meant that the experience and platforms were in place to support the project. The first black rhino calf was conceived and born at &Beyond Phinda in 2007. The mother was introduced to the reserve in 2004 and was the first animal translocated as part of this project to give birth to a calf in her new home.

Each year since then has seen new black rhino calves born on the reserve.

PROBLEM

In the 1960s there were an estimated 65 000 black rhino across Africa. The massive destruction caused by poachers across the continent meant that, by the early 1990s, there were just over 2 000 animals remaining.

SOLUTION

The aim of the program is to increase the numbers and boost the population growth rate of the critically endangered black rhino. This is achieved through creating partnerships with landowners who have the appropriate habitat to create new rhino populations.

WHY TRANSLOCATIONS?
  • Rhino are taken from existing high density populations that are attracting more and more poaching, and released in an area that has few numbers of rhino and an excellent anti-poaching record.
  • By creating multiple populations of rhino in a number of geographic regions, we are making it harder for poachers to operate than by having one concentrated population in one country.
  • By moving the rhino to Botswana, we are creating new breeding nodes for the species. Having more than one viable breeding population of rhino helps diversify their gene pool and increase the rhino breeding rate.
  • On a purely practical level, the initiative is also helping to increase the number of rhino in Botswana, assisting wildlife authorities in reaching their objective of growing the rhino population in the country.
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Recent and current research projects at &Beyond:

&Beyond has a formal agreement with the University of South Africa (UNISA) where we identify a sustainability need across our operations. We collectively agree and align with the UNISA Honours, Masters and PhD postgraduate programmes, allowing them to conduct their research projects through access to our operation. This is a mutually beneficial relationship where research findings are shared with our business and we provide a robust platform for the students to conduct their research. We also partner with other tertiary institutions, such as the University of Johannesburg and the University of KwaZulu-Natal, for specific projects as and when the opportunities arise.

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Campaign

Oceans Without Borders

&Beyond has recently increased our portfolio of exclusive island lodges, all situated in protected marine areas and boasting a strong conservation focus.

With an increasing number of factors affecting the health of the world’s marine resources and experts predicting the collapse of global fisheries by 2048, we intend to use these islands as a base to expand our focus on wildlife conservation to include the protection and sustainability of our seas. We have grouped our marine conservation projects under the campaign name of Oceans Without Borders, aiming to draw attention to the threats facing the world’s oceans and the measures that need to be taken in order to preserve our marine ecosystems.

The success of our land-based conservation model has involved focusing on communities and their development as a strategy to ensure a symbiotic relationship between these communities and their environment. Thanks to the success of this proven model, we are implementing a similar approach for marine conservation. The various projects that fall beneath Oceans Without Borders include research, conservation initiatives and collaboration with community and governments, all of which we will use to strengthen the current conservation status of our islands, as well as grow opportunities for community development.

PROBLEM

The reality of our oceans

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SOLUTION

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&Beyond Life

At &Beyond, we inspire our guests to live and travel well, by helping them to achieve their lifelong bucket list dreams and create unforgettable memories along the way.

And through our core ethos of caring for the land, wildlife and people, we also ensure that we protect and give back to our precious planet, enabling the wellness of its inhabitants, both human and non-human.

Health and wellness are equally important when it comes to our own &Beyond family, which is why we have created our own motivational &Beyond Life programme. This inventive programme aims to educate and inspire our staff to take charge of their own wellbeing and take the necessary steps toward living healthy and fulfilling lives. It is more than simply adopting an active lifestyle, maintaining one’s health and avoiding illness. It is also about personal development, individual growth and paying it forward.
The three-tiered message is simple: give; move; learn. By giving of ourselves and our time to others, by getting off the couch and getting active, and by continually learning new things, we encourage all to achieve awareness, balance and connection with themselves and those around them.

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When we give from the heart and expect nothing in return, everyone benefits.

Our staff continue to give of themselves and their time by helping out in the local communities. From hosting young learners on conservation lessons, donating seedlings to be planted, purchasing supplies and gifts for local schools and orphanages, giving a fresh coat of paint to children’s playgrounds and teaching different languages such as Spanish to their fellow colleagues, our &Beyond staff continue to give back and pay it forward.

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It’s no secret that an active lifestyle leads to a healthier body and more positive state of mind, which is why we encourage our staff through sport.

From exercising and stretching at morning meetings, to practicing yoga at sunrise and taking part in highly competitive inter-lodge soccer and volleyball tournaments, &Beyonders are getting active and encouraging each other to move.

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Education is a powerful tool and we are never too old to learn something new, which is why the &Beyond Life programme incorporates learning into its journey towards wellbeing.

Our teams have been inspired to learn through educational visits to nearby landmarks, informative health seminars on diabetes and HIV, as well as regular refresher workshops on everything from housekeeping and hospitality, to food, flora and fauna.

From planting trees in local communities, educating community children about the importance of conservation, incorporating healthier menus in our staff canteens and connecting &Beyonders through their unified passion for soccer, this interactive programme has truly created a spark within the &Beyond family. It has inspired some fantastic achievements and has encouraged personal growth, a sense of pride and well-deserved peer recognition.