Former SA National Parks (SANParks) head Mavuso Msimang has been honoured as one of the country’s most significant post-apartheid conservation leaders — but in a remarkable gesture‚ he immediately dedicated his award to two "unsung heroes" who were ousted last year from the leadership of SA’s first world heritage site. Msimang dedicated his WWF Living Planet Award to Andrew Zaloumis and Terri Castis‚ who lost their respective positions as CEO and CFO of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park late last year, in circumstances that have yet to be fully explained. Zaloumis’s premature "departure" was announced by Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa‚ ostensibly to allow him to complete studies at Cambridge University. Castis left soon afterwards‚ also without official explanation. Msimang said there was no one who could claim greater claim to the "fairytale success" of the park in KwaZulu-Natal and neighbouring community conservation programmes than Zaloumis and Castis. "Out of deep respec...

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