Critical Mission: Taking Out Snares

Critical Mission: Taking Out Snares

Critical Mission: Taking Out Snares

Critical Mission: Taking Out Snares

On Sunday 10 October 2018, staff at Milites Dei Academy saw a beautiful Rooiduiker or Red Duiker, scientifically known as Cephalophus Natalensis. The Red Duiker is smaller than the Common Duiker. Standing, it is 420mm at the shoulders and has a mass of 12 Kg. The upper parts are a deep chestnut-red and the lower parts of the flanks and under parts are a pale chestnut colour. The nape and throat turn ash-grey as the animal ages. Both sexes carry short, straight horns. The horns have coarse basal rings and longitudinal striations, but are smooth towards the tips. In South Africa the Red Duiker is classified as rare.

Students, thus, had the mission to track the animal’s spoor in an attempt to also find snares so that the animal do not get hunted by poachers. The picture above shows how small the spoor is. Farmers Weekly ( explains that “tracking is the art of following a spoor, which may include tracks, scents, blood spatter, scat and broken foliage.”

Fight for Rhinos writes “Patience and a eye for detail is required not only to find this spoor but also to find snares. Poaching, an ongoing global threat to wildlife, usually brings to mind bad guys with guns and machetes intent on stealing rhino horns and elephant tusks. But another poaching method, silent, yet just as deadly are snares. Relatively easy to come by telephone or cable wire is used to trap whatever comes into its path. While some animals caught in snares will end up in the cooking pot, as many as an estimated 90% will be left to rot in the bush  -Nick Tucker: Horror of Snares, Africa Geographic”. [Read more on].

At Milites Dei Academy, students learn this skill and much more. Once qualified they are able to get a job in any of the following fields:

  • On cruise ships, private yachts and cargo ships;
  • As private investigators;
  • Anti-poaching units;
  • Security at mines, lodges and 5-star hotels;
  • Farm security;
  • Under-cover agents;
  • Assets in transit;
  • At big international security companies based in SA and Africa;
  • As trackers;
  • Students can also start their own security companies and complete freelance risk solutions.

You can also see in picture format (and 1000’s of pictures) on the Facebook Page what students learn and master at this exclusive Military Style Academy that offers Education, Training and Accredited Qualifications:

Exclusive Military Style Education and Accredited Qualifications

Exclusive Military Style Education and Accredited Qualifications

Life Changing Experiences

Life Changing Experiences

Success Magazine explains (2018) “If you desire something greater for yourself, don’t put off your plans to change until some later date.

Do it now, enroll now at Milites Dei Academy. At the academy your life will change. You will become strong, tough and precise.

Open the doors to your success through military style training and accredited qualifications.

The qualifications and skills that you will obtain at MDA will lead you into a very exiting career as a specialist operative. An added benefit is that you earn a salary while you study the three months course at MDA. Already after the three months, students are actively assisted to find employment in the following areas:

·      On cruise ships, private yachts and cargo ships;

·      As private investigators;

·      Anti-poaching units;

·      Security at mines, lodges and 5-star hotels;

·      Farm security;

·      Under-cover agents;

·      Assets in transit;

·      At big international security companies based in SA and Africa;

·      As trackers;

·      Start your own security company; and complete freelance risk solutions.

You can also visit the Facebook page on

Life Changing Experiences

PSIRA and SASSETA Accredited


The Place

The Place

The Place or the area of Milites Dei Academy is very special because of the following reasons:

  1. It is in a big conservancy called Jock of the Bushveld;
  2. A Jock of the Bushveld Statue is situated on the academy premises and a Historical Society recently visited the academy – see the photograph below;
  3. The academy is situated on a 84 hectare property;
  4. The students do training in the Peebles Valley which is more than 8000 hectare;
  5. Various farm dams are available;
  6. There are two accredited shooting ranges.
  7. The academy is surrounded by various macadamia farmers, such as Khuvuka, Mukwa and Deon Kotzee;
  8. Close to the academy, guests can find various guest houses such as Loerieskloof Boskamp, Near2Numbi, Petra Luxury Lodge and Conference Centre, umSisi House; and Mukwa Farm.
  9. Part of the valley are various community outreach companies such as Hands at Work, African School of Missions (ASM) and Petra; and
  10. A macadamia processing plant, called Khuvuka Max.

Khuvuka Max is an on farm Macadamia Processing Facility in the well developed macadamia production region of South Africa: Mpumalanga. Khuvuka translated from SiSwati means “awakening” or “rising up”. Macs is a household abbreviation for macadamias and we chose to attach to our brand the homophone abbreviation; Max (pushing the limits), to indicate the energy and effort we muster in bringing about something new and exciting to the market of macadamias, and the development thereof. We are not just another “Mac” – we do things differently than most “Macs”. [Read more on].

The Joe Winter Memorial Shooting Range was built and is operated by Ryan Winter who has a strong background in Law enforcement and the security milieu in South Africa. The range has been constructed in accordance with the specifications & standards set by the NRCS (previously SABS). They cater for responsible, licenced fire arms owners and provide a venue where they can enjoy using their firearms at a recreational level. There is a 25 meter handgun/shotgun range, a 100m rifle range, a 200 meter sighting range and a sporting clay pigeon range. They are in the process of constructing a second handgun / small-arms range for the security companies and trainers out there who need an accredited range on which their students can be put through their paces. [Read more on].

ASM has 30 years training experience to get YOU into the mission field of your choice, whether it be a foreign country or your own community and workplace. ASM graduates have served in over 55 countries and many visit ASM regularly to share their experience with students. [Read more on].

Hands at Work, envision the local Church in Africa effectively caring for the dying, orphaned children and widows, and unified in this mission with the Church outside Africa. Their mission is to, through relationship with the local Church in Africa, challenge, encourage, develop and support the ministry of servanthood among those in need in their community through holistic care. They believe the Biblical mandate to care for the dying, widows and orphaned is not only for the Church in Africa, but also elsewhere. Hands at Work will be a prophetic voice to churches outside Africa, challenging them to fulfil their mandate. [Read more on].

Loerieskloof Boskamp is a self-catering facility set in a beautiful bush camp surrounded with wildlife. [Read more on].

Mukwa (Wild Teak) “Pterocarpus Angolensis” native to Southern Africa and Mukwa is situated in the heart of the “Jock of the Bushveld” nature conservancy within 20 minutes from the famous Kruger National Park, Numbi Gate, in Mpumalanga. Only 23km from the new Kruger Park International Airport and 18km from the town of White River, Mukwa Farm Lodge offers the ideal location to experience the beautiful and exciting Lowveld of South Africa. [Read more on].

Petra Mountain Retreat and Conference Centre is a Christian resort nestled on the ridge of Legogote Mountain in the scenic Mpumalanga Lowveld. We offer the perfect retreat for individuals who want to escape the pressure of everyday life; relax, unwind and take the time to cultivate your relationship with God.

Petra’s unique position, tranquil setting and spectacular views make it the ideal place to refresh the body and uplift the spirit. A place of Christian worship and prayer, Petra provides church groups and ministry teams with the ideal venue for Christian Retreats and the opportunity to engage with one another and with God. Although primarily a Christian centre, it also provides an ideal stop over for the many tourists who visit our beautiful part of God’s creation, and is a short 15 minute drive from the Kruger Park. [Read more on].

Near2Numbi – Founded in 1985 the establishment is a delightful fusion of a hospitality establishment cum theological college whose vision it is “to equip Christ-followers to take the gospel to the nations”. N2N also serves as a ‘base of operations’ for many church groups, outreach programmes and Biblical training programmes run by prominent international ministry groups such as The Emmaus Walk Group, World Outreach, Trinity College USA and others. [Read more on].

umSisi House is set in 60 hectares of pristine bush, within the Jock of the Bushveld Conservancy, umSisi House is strategically located in the Peebles Valley between the town of White River and the Numbi Gate entrance to the southern Kruger National Park (20 minutes away). Here we offer a personal service that only a small, privately owned and managed, five-star, country house villa and gourmet getaway can provide. umSisi House is the perfect destination for groups of friends and family wishing to visit South Africa’s Kruger Lowveld region, the Panorama Route and enjoy the many adventure activities available in the immediate area. The house only caters for private groups (between 2 and 10 people) on an exclusive-use basis offering a choice of rates to include dinner, bed and breakfast, fully inclusive or self-catering. [Read more on].

Milites Dei Academy is outside White River, Mpumalanga (close to the Kruger National Park) in Jock of the Bushveld Conservancy and students stay in residence when they study. You will see us on Google Maps…just type in Milites Dei Academy. Students come from all over SA. So you just need to travel to Nelspruit or White River or Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport and there the instructors will pick you up and take you to the academy. Alternatively, you can come with your own car or parents/family can drop the student. The Map available on 25°11’36.2″S 31°03’27.8″E.

You can also visit the Milites Dei Academy Facebook Page on

The Place

The Place

Reflection from Dubai

A Reflection from Dubai by Asad Khan an ex-Milites Dei Student

Asad enrolled at the academy and for the staff and students Asad is a remarkable young man. The letter below is written by Asad and the letter is a testimonial of Asad’s abilities and strengths.

My Experience at MDA:
If I had to describe my experience at MDA in one word, I would say it was Incredible! It’s been just over a week since I left the camp and I still feel so attached to the place, the people and the routines.

Over the past 12 months I’ve travelled to Asia, Europe and Africa on a quest to broaden my understanding of wildlife conservation, from rescuing and rehabilitating Seals in the Netherlands to working with various Primates in Thailand. I’ve walked through marshlands, mangrove swamps, ancient rainforests, vast deserts and through the African bush trying to figure out what the most efficient way to protect our wildlife would be.

One common problem kept reoccurring. The human-animal conflict.
By definition the Human-Animal conflict is ‘any interaction between animals and humans that causes harm, whether it is to the human (and their resources) or the animal (and their habitat).
From my observation and research its usually the animals that get the short end of the stick in these exchanges. The more I delved into the human animal conflict the more I heard about poaching and the more I understood the implications of what poaching actually meant.
While on this journey I got accepted to a Masters course in Wildlife Conservation and Drone Technology at  Liverpool John Moores University. With my mind on poaching I realised that’s what I wanted my main focus to be on so I scoured the internet looking for anywhere I could go and learn more about poaching and what is being done to stop it and that’s when I came across the Milites Dei Anti-poaching Special forces course. I immediately emailed Amareza and she responded just as quick, I had a few questions and concerns which she helped clarify and before I knew it I was sat in the back of a bakkie (pickup truck) making my way up a dirt road to the Academy.

I could go on about what we did all day at MDA or how it was challenging but that isn’t the point of this post, I want to share what I left MDA with.

For one, a huge misconception I had about ‘discipline’ and ‘freedom’ was cleared up; Let me explain, Inspection was the worst part of the day for me, I saw no point in arranging my cutlery on my bed in a certain OCD-esque manner day after day but it was something we had to do everyday regardless. What that instills in you is a sense of ‘you got to do what you got to do’ (for a lack of a better way of phrasing that) now small chores around the house which I would ponder over and would usually put off till later, I do them immediately and that in turn gives me a sense of freedom as its another small thing that I don’t have to worry about anymore.
I learnt how to push my limits at MDA. I thought I was pushing myself previously but I learnt I could push myself a lot further and deal with things in a better manner, I don’t just mean physically but mentally too, It is hard to explain in words but there is a certain calm you reach after you pass your threshold its an almost meditative state.

I could go on about all the things I learnt about my self while I was at MDA but I’m going to skip to my favourite part about the Academy; The people, I got to experience pretty much every culture of South Africa under one roof and what made the experience even more beautiful was the fact that everyone was there for a singular purpose, to better themselves and to create a better future for their families, communities and country. Everyone helping each other regardless of their race, colour, religion it really felt like a family.

I think anyone that’s looking for a new experience, regardless of if you are interested in Anti-poaching, being a specialist operative or whatever else courses MDA offers, if you want to learn about yourself or about what your limits are do a month or more at MDA and you will leave with a better understanding of yourself and what you are capable of.
I’d like extend my gratitude to the Staff at MDA that went out of their way to accommodate my dietary and spiritual needs, I’ve worked with many organisations and I’ve never experienced any that have taken so much care of me, for that I would like to thank Aunty Amareza and Uncle Barney.
Finally I’d like to thank all my fellow squad mates, without you guys my experience wouldn’t have been anything close to as awesome as it was, you helped me fit in and get used to the routines taught me about your cultures and languages and took interest in mine, at MDA you make friendships for life. Another one 😉
Reflection from Dubai

Reflection from Dubai by Asad Mohammad Khan


SASSETA Accredited

SASSETA Accredited


Milites Dei Academy is proud to announce that the academy has received SASSETA Accreditation. The accreditation number of MDA at SASSETA is 171999692736. Also see

To be accredited by SASSETA means that MDA must adhere to the quality provision of skills development and qualifications for South African citizens in the safety and security environment.

It is thus the aim of MDA to do exactly that. To offer Military Style Education and Training so that students after completing there studies can be employed in the upmarket private security industry.

Students are taught to complete all tasks and subjects with military style precision, honour and toughness. See the Facebook pages for more detail at:


MDA offers three courses that links with the courses below, namely:

  • One-month anti-poaching special forces ranger;
  • Three-months specialist operative; and
  • One-year risk solutions operative.

The year course is a very comprehensive course.

Within the SASSETA accreditation, MDA can offer the following full qualifications:

Qualification Code Qualification Description Total Credits
58577 National Certificate: General Security Practices 124
57713 Further Education and Training Certificate: Specialist Security Practices 137

Camouflage and Deception in Water

Camouflage and Deception in Water as part of the Military Style Education and Training at Milites Dei Academy.

Camouflage in water is an important skill at Milites Dei Academy. The reason is that security operatives need new ways of taking criminals to task. Criminals need to be surprised in an attempt to either gather evidence and/or make an arrest.

The French slang word camouflage came into common English usage during World War I when the concept of visual deception developed into an essential part of modern military tactics. In that war, long-range artillery and observation from the air combined to expand the field of fire, and camouflage was widely used to decrease the danger of being targeted or to enable surprise. As such, military camouflage is a form of military deception.

Camouflage was first practiced in simple form in the mid 18th century by jäger- or rifle units. Their tasks required them to be inconspicuous, and they were issued green and later other drab colour uniforms.

The Milites Dei Academy (MDA) Students had to practice using camouflage and then create the deception that there is no person in the foliage and/or water.

Deception, the employment of trickery or guile, is equal parts art and science. It is typically defined as “causing another to believe what is not true; to mislead or ensnare” (Webster’s, 1999).

Thus, when looking at the photographs below, one easily believe that you just see water or just see foliage, yet a student is actually just well-camouflaged and concealed.

Also see the MDA Facebook page for more exciting and absolutely brilliant skills included in the courses on offer.

Camouflage in Water

Military Style Education High Lights December 2017

Military Style Education High Lights December 2017

Students are already working when study the military style education and training at Milites Dei Academy. The programme, although at a slower pace during the December season, continues and students still have to prepare for inspection, explore the area and complete surveillance exercises.

Yet, at least a x-mas dinner was served to staff and students. The lunch was short for some as they soon had to leave to commence with the risk solution jobs at luxury lodges.

See all the Facebook posts of the MDA student activities at

See pictures below of some of the activities during December 2017.

Military Style Education High Lights December 2017

Military Style Education High Lights December 2017

The Art of Staying Hidden and Concealed

The Art of Staying Hidden and Concealed

When Milites Dei Academy students try to camouflage in order to stay hidden, they are taught that the colours of their camouflage should be the same as the surroundings and that is true for day- and night conditions.

Orlando Wilson (Modern humans are positively disadvantaged when surviving in and moving on foot in rural and wilderness areas…When moving you must do so quietly and regularly stop to look, listen and smell for any indication of people. If you identify people in your proximity are you going to take cover, evade or ambush?’

Wilson continues by advising that ‘..You need to learn to treat the night and darkness as your friend, darkness affords you cover. Many people are afraid of being in the dark especially in rural areas or derelict buildings; you should use this to your advantage. If you are moving you should always try to stay in the shadows, if you get caught in a beam of light or car headlights you should freeze, the chances are that you will remain unnoticed. You must have your immediate reaction drills for encountering a person, being caught in light or hostile fire at the forefront of your mind. Being caught off guard will get you captured or killed.


The students posed for a night photo with a flash light but they were actually excellently concealed with the sand of a small open hill…so they became part (colour and texture) of the environment. See the picture below.

Night Concealment

Night Concealment

During day, students uses fresh foliage to again blend into the environment so that they are artfully concealed.

Day Concealment

Day Concealment

Students enjoy it thoroughly when studying at Milites Dei Academy. You can also visit the Milites Dei Academy Facebook posts to see all the interesting projects students are exposed to on:

Why Milites Dei Academy?

Why Milites Dei Academy?

Why Milites Dei Academy?

We offer the following to our students:

  • 55+ modules;
  • you stay in a bungalow;
  • three meals included;
  • all books;
  • all exams;
  • uniform;
  • military style gear;
  • gym and equipment for fitness;
  • cv and portfolio;
  • work experience; and
  • employment in the industry.

We think we are better than any other training company in this field because of the above and the following:

  • Milites Dei Academy (MDA) students already find a job after the three months basics as expert security operators, such as anti-poaching, they keep companies’ goods safe in troubled areas, and they can track the spoor of intruders. The list goes on. After the electives the student can continue in one or more of the following – on goods vessels on sea, they fly drones to identify security risks, they keep VIPs and dignitaries safe, they keep tourists on ships safe, they use dogs to identify bombs and drugs, they identify evidence at crime scenes, they keep oil rigs safe and they jump out of aeroplanes to pursue criminals and I can go on and on.
  • MDA have a 1083ha training area in nature outside White River in Peebles – you can see the map on our Facebook;
  • MDA have a urban tactical shooting range on the academy premises and 2 accredited shooting ranges in Peebles one with an underground bunker system;
  • MDA are situated within a nature conservancy;
  • MDA have a helicopter landing area on the academy premises;
  • MDA instructors have  together more than 100 years experience in education;
  • MDA is a partner with Global Security Centre (Europe) and Israeli Protect – see the link
  • MDA’s courses does not take a full year because after the three months basics you can choose a field that you are really good in, will give you a high income and which will make you a specialist in that area;
  • MDA instructors personally guide each student to be successful so that no-one falls out of the course; the student becomes part of a caring family;
  • MDA fitness is extreme and each student is coached from whatever level of present fitness (for example, one of our present students was totally unfit and could not run a 2.4 but he is after 2 months on par and we are now working on this muscle tone and six pack);
  • MDA students are rewarded for hard work (with a rank) after each month of studying;
  • MDA will assist you for 2 years after training to find a high income job…and again assist if you maybe are not satisfied within a certain job;
  • MDA has a brother system whereby the new student is linked with a successful student at the academy and a student already working in the field;
  • MDA also is very serious about giving students academic depth, although our courses are only 20% theory, see ALL the website blogs
  • You can also see on the MDA Facebook all the posts that will testify of the professional approach we take and each post is of our own students that completed a specific course (practical and real-life exercises makes 80% of the MDA courses); and
  • Already in the three months basics the student are placed in businesses in our area for real-life work experience.

Lastly, I would motivate as follows:

  • A picture speaks a thousand words” so compare us from all the pictures and posts on our fb page and website with other training businesses.

AUTHOR: Amareza Buys, Education Specialist, Milites Dei Academy

Entrepreneurship Accredited Course

Entrepreneurship Accredited Course

New Venture Creation Entrepreneurship Qualification

New Venture Creation Entrepreneurship Qualification

The risks that entrepreneurs face are not only financial, but time consuming, which affects your family and any social relationships. To succeed you need to be a good manager and organizer, methodical in everything that you do, alert to new information, and able to take the initiative. You need to be in control of all aspects of your business, and be able to direct these towards the goals you have set. We will deal with goal setting later in this skills programme.

“A person who is skilled at identifying new products, setting up operations to provide new products, marketing the products and arranging the financing of the operations” (French & Saward, 1983).