Sharon Meyer-Theron (Minnaar) passed away in Cape Town, 25 August 2014, in the arms of her husband Ralph Meyer-Rust, losing her fight with cancer.
Sharon started her outdoor career in Botswana in the eighties and continued following her dreams in Namibia from 1996 to 2007, before setting off on another adventure of a lifetime, in the islands of Seychelles.
In 2013 Sharon and Ralph returned to Namibia, the country Sharon so dearly loved, to again become engaged in conservation and the tourism industry.
She found a beautiful place in the Namib, but after extensive surgery in Europe this year, could not continue the journey.
Sharon will always be remembered for her passionate engagement in the East Caprivi, through both good and difficult times.
Her bubbly smile and boundless vitality lit up the lives of both tourists and communities for a decade.
No request, no hardship was ever too much to deal with for Sharon.
Her love for nature and wildlife was deep and boundless, as was her commitment to conservation causes both in Namibia and Seychelles.
Privately, Sharon channeled her quiet and gentle energy into outdoor travel, nature photography and the past seven years, fly-fishing in the clear waters of the Indian Ocean.
Should you wish to send a message to Sharon’s husband, please feel free to do so. Send him an email to Ralph Meyer-Rust at Nam0610@afol.com.na
A brief look at Sharon’s Career
Sharon was born in Natal, South Africa, and spent most of her formative years in a small town environment on the coast, with vacation time spent in the bush or on farms, pursuing the outdoors and related activities.
After completing her studies in the Cape, Sharon’s passion for the outdoors lead to her working as a teacher at an outdoor school before moving on to conventional schooling.
Following her dreams, she took up a position in the safari industry in Botswana.
Later, due to marriage commitments, she again joined the mainstream business environment and excelled at managing an office furniture outlet in a budding area of South Africa, where she established herself as a businesswoman and contributed to her community through her service in various organizations, while assisting her husband to run a farm and retail outlet.
When the opportunity presented itself to start up a business in a more remote location, she took up the challenge and helped to grow the safari industry in her chosen area of Namibia, from where she moved on to another remote wilderness area in Namibia, assisting with the running of an acclaimed group of lodges.
A commitment to the conservation of the area became her passion, and coupled with her determination to instill the need for conservation in others, she was able to make her mark on staff and local communities, especially schools, while living her chosen lifestyle.
Sharon last lived on Mahe as Operations & Logistics Manager and Assistant to the Managing Director of Great Plains (Seychelles) in Seychelles.