The Ezemvelo Honorary Officer Corps is a group of unpaid volunteers who offer their time, knowledge and passion for nature conservation to support and supplement the Ezemvelo staff based at the Reserves within KwaZulu Natal.
To be affiliated and totally aligned with conservation throughout KwaZulu Natal. To assist and be associated with Conservation Education efforts throughout the province and to continue our efforts with Junior Conservation and maintain the impetus.
To align ourselves to the same goals and aspirations of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, providing support to assist them in achieving their goals.
Legislative Context of the Honorary Officers
The appointment of HOs was provided for in terms of the Natal Nature Conservation Ordinance No 15 of 1974, in section 11 (10) (a) and section 27 (1) and (2). However, with the establishment of the EKZNW in terms of the KwaZulu-Natal Nature Conservation Management Act, No. 9 of 1997, a number of provisions of this Ordinance were repealed but not section 27 (1) and (2). This section and the section 42 (2) of the KwaZulu-Natal Nature Conservation Management Act, No. 9 of 1997 meant that all the staff and HOs who had been previously appointed in terms of the Ordinance, would continue to be recognized by the new organization. The KwaZulu-Natal Environmental, Biodiversity and Protected Areas Bill, 2016 in section 28 (1), (20), and (3) provides the EKZNW with powers to appoint members of the public as volunteers for the purpose of assisting it with the performance of its functions in terms of this Act. When this Act is enacted, the service level agreement between Honorary Officer Corps and EKZNW will be in line with the provisions of the Act.
Any powers referred to in the Ordinance or any authorization to use firearms will only be released to individual HOs in exceptional circumstances and then only after such HO has attended and passed the necessary Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife competency courses required to perform his/her duties.