On Wednesday, 18 March 2015, GET’s lawyer, Kirsten Youens, had tea with Nobel Prize Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu, in Cape Town. It has been her lifelong ambition to meet in person this man whose name is synonymous with honesty and integrity and who is not afraid to speak out against injustice, often in the face of fierce political opposition.
Kirsten is fighting to protect the integrity of the iMfolozi Park from the polluting Fuleni open cast coal mine that threatens the safety of Rhinos and the destruction of the Wilderness Area for future generations. Kirsten views Archbishop Tutu as an important role model. Besides the opportunity to meet and speak with the Archbishop, Kirsten invited him to sign the Global Environmental Trust’s declaration committed to caring for this famous area with its rich heritage for conservation in Africa, the Zulu people and as a sanctuary established for the threatened Southern White Rhino 110 years ago.
Also present at the tea were explorer Kingsley Holgate and Sheelagh Antrobus from Project Rhino. More on that in the next post.