It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the tragic passing of Ernest, our dear friend and colleague. I have been working for Peace Parks Foundation for 20 years now, and as long as I can remember, Ernest was the driver of the transfrontier conservation concept for the South African Department of Environmental Affairs.
He was a visionary man, who believed that building bridges between nations throughout Africa was an essential ingredient for the future success of our continent, its people and wildlife. Ernest was at his best when working with complex issues and always remained true to his core values of respect towards his fellow human beings irrespective of their sex, race, politics, nationality, culture or status. He was a true pioneer with a deep rooted belief in making a difference and more importantly making this world a better place.
Ernest, we salute you and cherish every day we had the privilege to be able to work with you and share in your friendship and wise council. There is still so much to be done and we will sorely miss you on this journey that we embarked on together. May you rest in peace and be assured that your legacy will be carried forward.
On behalf of the Peace Parks family, please accept our sincerest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.
Werner Myburgh, Chief Executive Officer, Peace Parks Foundation