The late Minister Molewa was a true champion of the programme and transformation. She was dedicated to the integration of biodiversity conservation economy into local poverty reduction strategies based on sustainable tourism, creating employment opportunities through outsourcing conservation-related services to locals. Local community leaders became involved in decision-making on policy development for protected areas on their lands.
Her down to earth, inclusive and consultative approach in dealing with matters cannot be forgotten. She played a big role in bringing an understanding of biodiversity conservation into the minds of black people. Her recognition of the need for land claimants and communities residing on the borders of protected areas to benefit economically helped immensely towards people feeling part of the conservation economy. Her passion for workers and their families particularly those that are grieving their members lost through acts of poaching ensured that community connection became a reality. We will miss her strong sense of connection to the people of South Africa.
We thank her immediate family for having shared their daughter, mother, sister and wife with the rest of the South African population.
Ulale ngoxolo Ntombazane, uyidlalile indima yakho.