Tragic loss of entrepreneur, filmmaker and photographer Paul van Schalkwyk ­

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Like a bird singing in the rain, let grateful memories survive in a time of sorrow. Robert Louis Stevenson ||||| May you rest in peace dear Paul van Schalkwyk, Father, Husband, Son, Friend and So much more. (1955 – 2013)

pvs421849_10152615147810444_444747230_nWe at Venture Publications, Namibia’s publishing company of tourism and environmental magazines, deeply mourn the loss of our dear friend and close colleague, photographer and filmmaker, Paul van Schalkwyk, whose light aircraft crashed in the world-famous Etosha National Park in northern Namibia on Sunday 09 March.



His sudden and tragic death is an inestimable loss to Namibia, especially to the tourism industry and the flying community in the country.

Paul was a gifted entrepreneur and businessman. In the nineties he established PC Centre, specialists in AppleMac equipment. This was followed by Namibia’s only commercial television company, One Africa.

In 1993 he initiated the prestigious tourism magazines Travel New Namibia and annual tourism directory, Namibia Holiday & Travel, and the Namibia Trade Directory.

This was followed by the annual Conservation and Huntinamibia magazines, and a series of books: Etosha 100 – celebrating a hundred years of conservation in Namibia; Birds of Namibia; Namib – secrets of a desert uncovered; My Hungry Heart; and Skeleton Coast.

Our hearts go out to Paul’s wife Riéth, his son Henri, his daughter Nina, his mother Elize, and to the rest of his family in Namibia and South Africa. May his soul rest in peace.

Further Reading

Through His Eyes

A Pristine Land Interrupted – Exhibition

A Pristine Land Interrupted – A 10 Year Narrative

Magic Rain through The Viewfinder of Paul van Schalkwyk

Paul van Schalkwyk finalist in Hasselblad Masters 2014

The visual journey of a Namibian photographer: Paul van Schalkwyk



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  1. Stephan de Lange says:

    So jammer om oor die tragedie te lees! Sterkte Reit en familie, Paul is nou ‘n Hemelse fotograaf.

  2. Heidi Becker/Broda says:

    Liewe Rieth en Familie

    Met skok het ek vandag die tragiese nuus gehoor. Mag God en sy engele in hierdie tyd en toekoms met julle almal wees en sy beskermende hande oor julle hou! Vertrou in Hom, want Hy gaan julle lei en troos. Daar is geen woorde om julle oor hierdie tragedie te troos nie. My gebede gaan uit na julle almal – hoop julle vind vertroosting by Hom.

    In stiller Trauer
    Heidi Broda (‘n skoolmaat uit Jan Möhr Hoërskool se dae)

  3. Tom Buncle says:

    Such a tragic loss for both Paul’s family and Namibia. In the many short trips I made to Namibia, I got to know Paul as an immense character, creative genius and sheer down-to-earth decent guy – a big personality who filled his space on the Namibian stage….. Rest in peace big man.

  4. RIP Paul, you were a true son of Africa.

  5. Dear Rieth and family,

    We are mourning together spiritually during this dark moment. May God always be your pillar of strength and guide you throughout your lives. May Paul soul rest in Peace, ,,,

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