By SYDNEY MORWENG
The passing-on of former South African Parks chief executive Tol Pienaar has left a void within the tourism sector.
Pienaar who used to be an Encloypaedia on tourism issues before his death, will be sorely missed by the tourism industry.
His death was confirmed by Reynold Thakuli spokesperson for SANParks.
“Pienaar died after a short-illness last week.”
He was a driving force behind “pragmatic management by intervention” and campaigned tirelessly to improve the worsening water situation in Kruger National Park’s perennial rivers,” said Thakuli.
During his stint with SANParks he spent 32 years of his 35 year long service at Kruger Park.
The late was acknowledged for establishing the Reference Museum in the Skukuza area, and also played a leading role in research on chemical capture and immobilisation techniques of wild animals.
Rob Tooley, the CEO of Limpopo Tourism and Parks, said: “Limpopo Tourism and Parks and the entire tourism industry is saddened by the passing on of Dr Tol Pienaar, a committed, seasoned and passionate game ranger, conservationist and park warden.”
Pienaar studied at Wits Medical School, where he majored in histology and embryology.
He was laid to rest at Stilbaai this past Saturday and is survived by wife, two sons, and grandchildren.