The KZN Wildlife Economy Business Incubator (KWEBI) is the first of the businesses that ESA has established as part of building a local wildlife-based economy in the greater uMgungundlovu District Municipality, in KZN.
KWEBI’s role is to establish the wildlife value chains and invest in and support the SMMEs within the value chains to achieve sustainability.
It is only the second wildlife incubator in South Africa and the world, which will support the development of an emerging wildlife sector through whole-value-chain development.
“It’s a model that ESA can duplicate throughout South and southern Africa, adjusting for context, but aligned with the same outcomes – improved livelihoods for rural communities, and the protection of biodiversity through wise development.” Clive Poultney.
On land owned by the KwaXimba community, including a 4680 ha game reserve, this project has had R10m grant support through the DEA EPIP, which included completing a Big 5 perimeter fence (25km), road rehabilitation (52km), alien clearing and debushing (220 ha) (220 ha), as well as refurbishment of building infrastructure to be used as a projects office, incubator infrastructure and a training centre. Additional game farms will be developed on community-owned land in partnership with those communities neighbouring the Mayibuye Game Reserve, e.g. Amacamu Trust, Nkosi Shangase, Nkosi Mapumulo.
KWEBI follows and leverages on the development of the Limpopo Wildlife Business Incubator established in 2016. A consortium of parties provides the framework, vision and long-term development goals for this project through the integration of skills, knowledge and experience supported by various other industry specialist resource partners.
KWEBI develops the supply chains within the inclusive rural economy; invests in local small enterprise owners; invests in restoring landscapes within wildlife production / conservation areas, as well as the communal cattle grazing areas; whilst building conservation areas within the rural landscape and within the community livelihood context.