- A Lesotho-born climate specialist was on board the Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed soon after take-off
- Max Thabiso Edkins, who has a wife and baby, lost his life in the tragic accident
- Edkins held dual a German-South African nationality and worked as a climate specialist
A Lesotho-born climate specialist was among 157 people who lost their lives in a tragic plane crash.
Max Thabiso Edkins worked for Connect4Climate as a climate specialist and he was reportedly on his way to Kenya to attend a week-long conference.
The World Bank revealed the 35-year-old grew up between Lesotho, Germany and SA.
Connect4Climate took to social media to confirm the sad news of Edkins' death. Edkins completed an undergraduate degree in natural science, conservation biology and economics.
He then attended the University of Oxford to study towards his Masters in environmental change and management.
Edkins' employment record was just as impressive as his educational one - he worked as a marine biologist and ecologist in southern and eastern Africa, Times LIVE reported.
He then went on to work as a renewable energy specialist in Mzansi.
Social media users and those who met Edkins, sent their condolences to his family.
David Stubbs, who goes by the Twitter handle @DavidStubbs59, commented: "This is terribly sad. I met Max a few times at international conferences and admired his enthusiasm, dedication to climate action and ability to communicate and inspire others. A huge loss. My sympathies to his family, friends and colleagues and those of all others who perished."
Social media user, @ngombe48, added: "So sad to hear about this. Met Thabiso last year at a meeting. He introduced himself to me and we spoke at length about our Southern Africa connection, such humility. A true gentleman and professional. Thoughts and prayers for the family. RIP."
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Briefly.co.za previously reported a total of 149 passengers and 8 crew members were on board and all have been subsequently confirmed dead.
The operators reportedly lost connection with the Ethiopian Airlines plane less than 10 minutes into the flight.
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