Last words of SA man who died in Outback

2012-11-08 09:32
An undated picture of Mauritz 'Mo' Pieterse. (Facebook)

An undated picture of Mauritz 'Mo' Pieterse. (Facebook)

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Cape Town - The last words a South African man who died in the Australian Outback had were for his family.

“Tell my family I love them. I’m not going to make it, keep on walking,” Mauritz “Mo” Pieterse, 25, told colleague Josh Hayes, reported Beeld.

Pieterse and Hayes decided to walk 16km in extreme heat after their 4x4 became stuck in the Outback.

Pieterse, who worked for nature conservation organisation, Bush Heritage, told Hayes to keep going.
Hayes survived and was treated for severe dehydration in hospital.

Pieterse’s sister Jani said her brother was a nature lover who knew what he was doing and was familiar with bush conditions.

“Our family will never be the same again.”

Pieterse’s mother Geraldine said he was “the best son ever”.

On his Facebook profile, Pieterse described himself as proudly South African even if he was working and living in Australia, stating he was:  “Green and gold all the way”.   

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