15 Apr 2015 Ruan Reyneke [15.03.89 – 08.04.15]
“Enjoy every moment. It’s often the smaller ones that stay with us the longest!” (Ruan Reyneke, “Top 10 tips for a memorable safari’ February 2014“
It is with great sadness that we notify you of the recent passing of Camp Jabulani Ranger, Ruan Reyneke – a member of our team for many years (he originally worked at The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre).
Ruan was diagnosed with a brain tumor in February this year, and went in for an operation on Monday 6th of April. There were unfortunately complications, which resulted in swelling on his brain. He passed away on Wednesday morning, 08 April. He was just 26 years old.
Those who knew Ruan will not be surprised to learn that he leaves a living, breathing legacy behind. His organs were donated, and have already saved the lives of 4 people.
Although Ruan’s life was all too short, we take comfort in the fact that he was able to do a job he loved, in a place he loved with his most loved at his side. Many live a full lifetime without these blessings.
Our hearts are with Anneli, Ruan’s young wife who is also part of our team, and we will do everything we can to support her during this impossibly difficult time in her life. Our sincere condolences also go to his family.
Ruan was one of Camp Jabulani’s most experienced rangers and took an immense pride in making his guests’ African safari experience nothing short of spectacular. He was an expert at finding game, and seemed to have an uncanny knack for seeking out the elusive leopard. Over and above his spotting and tracking ability, Ruan was marvellous company and great fun to spend time with in the bush or back at the lodge. He took a personal responsibility in ensuring that every aspect of his guests’ stay was as perfect as possible, and we always received consistently wonderful feedback about him as a ranger and as a person.
Even after his diagnosis, he remained completely dedicated, and although he was signed off from driving guests, he still preferred to come to work and help out with lodge duties rather than rest at home. He was a key member of the team and will be very sorely missed by his Camp Jabulani family.
During his life Ruan made dreams come true for so many people. We stand proud to have known such a passionate and amazing young man, who gave so much of himself to others.
Ruan, you are missed and will never be forgotten.
Your Camp Jabulani Family