ESA is partnering with Madikwe Futures Company (MFC), a non-profit company and a Public benefit organisation, representing 33 lodges in the Madikwe Game Reserve in the North West Province of South Africa, to uplift the communities bordering the game reserve through:
- A comprehensive capacity building and skills transfer strategy across the communities, including leadership, development of current and potential employees, current and future enterprise owners, local government, etc.
- Localising supply chains governance, leadership development, and in the technical aspects of establishing and maintaining the anticipated service-based and agri-wildlife economy enterprises.
The Madikwe programme is based on the ESA agri-wildlife model, hence ESA is a key partner in the success of the programme.
This model has the ability to transform tourism-aligned, rural livelihoods across South Africa and we
believe Africa and the potentially the World. The principles being built into the local economy are robust and transferable and the SMEs that surround protected environments, communal land and habitats will be significantly uplifted.