Slain birder’s son releases Sani Pass piece

2008-01-28 00:00

A documentary focusing on Sani Pass will be screened on SABC2’s 50/50 tonight. The documentary was produced by Don Guy, son of local birder Robin Guy (pictured), who was slain in a robbery attempt in Johannesburg recently.

The 10-minute insert takes the viewer on a trip up Sani Pass and into Lesotho, with flower expert Elsa Pooley and bird expert Professor Steven Piper. The piece also examines challenges at the pass, including the road upgrade.

Don Guy told The Witness that the piece has special significance for him because it marks the end of an era as 50/50 ends in March. “It will most likely be reinvented in the course of the year,” said Don.

“All I’ve got to know about the pass has been through my father. For him, his interest in the pass probably began when he traversed it on horseback with his mother and a party from Himeville in the late 1940s.”

Guy said his father had just finished writing a book, which they are working on publishing.

“Simphiwe Mazibuko, with whom I’ve worked for a long time now, was waiting for a brief from me [on the filming] for the insert on Sani Pass. Things were very traumatic on January 3 [the day after his father was murdered] and I simply sent him an sms saying ‘No instructions — I know you are a good director’.”

Guy said he has now put the documentary together.

— Witness Reporter.

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