On Thursday, 5 June 2008, Ewing Trust Company (Pty) Ltd was proud to officially open the Dr Ian Player & Magqubu Ntombela library.
Representatives of the conservation community were there to share in this event. The Eastern Cape was represented by businessman Adrian Gardner, and Andrew Muir, Director of the Wilderness Foundation and recently appointed Chairman of the Eastern Cape Nature Conservation Board. Adrian Gardner established the first private wilderness area in South Africa on Shamwari Game Reserve, one of the premier tourist destinations in the world. Shamwari means “friend” and Adrian has been a true friend to conservation.
The Western Cape was represented by Dr Ian McCallum, wilderness guide, Jungian analyst, writer, poet, transformational speaker, and Springbok rugby full-back from the 60s.
From rural KZN came Magqubu’s grandson, Jabulani, and great grandson, Ndungane Ntombela. Magqubu was close friend and mentor to Dr Ian Player for many years until his death in 1993 at the grand age of 90 plus years. They worked together in the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park and later Magqubu became a famous trail guide with the Wilderness Leadership School, leading people from all walks of life through the Imfolozi wilderness area.
Artist Michael Carnegie has paid tribute to the remarkable achievements of these two men. His painting of Dr Player seated on a rock overlooking the wilderness area with the Imfolozi river in the background now graces the wall at the entrance to the new Dr Ian Player & Magqubu Ntombela library. The companion painting of Magqubu Ntombela is well underway.