Founded in 1998, The Bateleurs is a South African Non Profit Company (NPC), with over 200 volunteer pilots and aircraft. It provides its beneficiaries and the public with an aerial perspective of the environment and has coordinated several diverse missions throughout South Africa and Africa in support of environmental issues. Its mission is well-aligned with the United Nations Millennium Goals, ensuring environmental sustainability and assisting with the integration of the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programmes.
The Bateleurs provides decision-makers, researchers, educators, other NPC’s and the media with information which assists them to make sound environmental decisions. There is no charge to beneficiaries for the environmental missions flown by The Bateleurs, and a rigorous process is in place to review and approve (or not) all flight requests, to monitor missions and track all the activities of The Bateleurs. Pilot members and their aircraft provide the equivalent of 70% of the annual budget, the balance is sourced through fundraising activities.
In addition to assisting the above organisations, The Bateleurs’ Bonizwe Programme assists university students who have already chosen a course of study within conservation and/or the environment. We offer Bateleurs flights to our partner tertiary institutions as part of a practical exercise to be included in the curriculum of a relevant course for senior students. In this way, flights sponsored by The Bateleurs Bonizwe project build on learning and knowledge already acquired by the students and add the benefit of an aerial perspective.
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