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Media Release: SANParks sad to lose a long serving volunteer

25 April 2013

According to Ken Maggs, the Chief Operations Officer of the anti-rhino poaching unit, Laurie was in the  KNP to help with aerial patrols when he met his untimely death. ”We have lost a valuable and dynamic gallant individual, an inspiration to all who came into contact with him. May his soul rest in peace” concluded Maggs.

Dr. David Mabunda, SANParks Chief Executive Officer, described the late Laurie as a remarkable gentle giant in the aviation industry. “We were blessed by his humility, patriotism and most of all his willingness to share his immense aviation experience with some of our pilots. Our sincere condolences to his family, friends and associates. His contribution to this country will never be forgotten” said Mabunda. 

Laurie Kay will best be remembered for piloting an SAA Jumbo over Ellis Park during the 1995 Rugby World Cup finals. He was also a mentor to many young pilots who are now active in the aviation industry.


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Media enquiries:
Ike Phaahla
SANParks Media Specialist
Tel: 012 426 5315;  Cell: 083 673 6974
Reynold “Rey” Thakhuli
GM: PR, Media and Stakeholder Relations
Tel: 012 426 5203; Cell: 073 373 4999