REMEMBERING RODNEY SIMMONS

Rodney Simmons, fondly known as Rod, was a UK citizen by birth but a true South African in all other ways.

Rod was born in the UK on the 17 June 1944. He completed his schooling and finished his O & A levels at Dulwich College in South London. In his early twenties, Rod followed a school friend to South Africa, with a mere £200 in his pocket. He married his long-term girlfriend Jean, who came over to Africa with him. They later divorced and Jean has since passed on. Rod never married again. He only ever returned to England twice to visit his parents and friends as he had made his home in South Africa and loved this country passionately. He lived in various places in South Africa during his lifetime, but eventually moved to the KZN South Coast where he lived until his death on the 11 December 2019.

Rod also had an immense love for animals, domestic and wild, and it was for this reason that he wanted to leave a substantial amount to the EWT, saying he wanted to help them to continue the wonderful work that they do.

Thank you Rod, for helping us to continue to protect forever, together.

You can leave a legacy too

The EWT relies on bequests both large and small to ensure that we continue fulfilling our vision of a healthy planet and an equitable world that values and sustains the diversity of all life. None of us can avoid the need to have an up-to-date will, ensuring that our last wishes are carried out and our legacy is continued in the way that we would choose. Including a bequest to an organisation like the EWT that you have supported in your lifetime, or that you would have liked to support, is a way to bring meaning and purpose to a life well-lived, and know that you have left the legacy of a better planet for future generations. We assure you that your legacy will make a lasting impact to the benefit of all who inhabit our beautiful country.

Your bequest will help us to…

  • Empower communities to live and work in harmony with nature
  • Increase safe space for Cheetahs and Wild Dogs in South Africa and beyond
  • Conserve grasslands and wetlands to secure our critical water sources
  • Ensure our iconic raptors remain in the skies
  • Raise awareness and create connections between young people and their natural environment through our schools programmes, developing the guardians of the future

… and so much more!

We are proud to be working with Capital Legacy to make leaving a legacy even easier. With a wealth of knowledge and expertise, Capital Legacy provides you with client-centric and excellence-driven service when it comes to drafting your Will, taking care of the administration of Trusts and administering your Estate in the event of your death. Capital Legacy are also the innovators of the Legacy Protection Plan™, an insurance product that completely protects your beneficiaries from the legal fees and expenses that arise when you pass away. Capital Legacy is also committed to protecting forever, together, and for every Legacy Protection Plan™ referral they receive from the EWT, they’ll be making a donation to the organisation. Find out more at https://www.ewt.org.za/get-involved/get-involved-leave-a-legacy/ or contact TammyB@ewt.org.za

Create a lasting memory

We also invite people to remember their loved ones by planting an indigenous tree of their choice, from a list provided, in the Forever Forest at the EWT Conservation Campus in Midrand. The tree will include a plaque, commemorating the person to be remembered. By planting a tree in the Forever Forest, you’re not just creating an enduring, living memorial for your loved one, but are also giving back to the environment and future generations. The EWT has created a beautiful, serene space where people can gather with family and friends, to pay tribute to and remember their loved ones now passed, and find the tranquillity needed to heal. In time, the space will include walking paths and appropriate nesting logs and boxes to attract indigenous wildlife, and there will be the option of adding a bench, memory rock, or animal sculpture to your memorial. Those who opt to remember their loved ones by planting a tree in the Forever Forest will be invited to a planting ceremony, but if unable to attend, EWT staff will undertake this solemn responsibility on your behalf.