Fam­ily mourns botanists

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AG has spo­ken to the fam­ily of Bri­tish botanists Rod­ney and Rachel Saun­ders, who dis­ap­peared in South Africa in Fe­bru­ary and were later found mur­dered.

The cou­ple ran Sil­ver­hill Seeds in Cape Town, and were known world­wide for find­ing new va­ri­eties of plants. Their work was high­lighted in an ar­ti­cle about di­as­cias by Gra­ham Rice in AG 2 June.

De­scribed as ‘won­der­ful, kind and in­spir­ing’ by their fam­ily, the cou­ple’s great­niece, Maria Perry, said: “Rod and Rachel were loved by every­one. They were the older fam­ily mem­bers that every­one and looks up to.”

Maria spent time with the cou­ple in 2016 to learn about run­ning a busi­ness.

She said: “They were so in­spir­ing. We climbed Ta­ble Moun­tain and Rod was ahead of me. At the top he gave me his hand, helped me up and we high-fived. I re­mem­ber think­ing, ‘I’m 19, he’s 72 and he got to the top be­fore me!’”

Four peo­ple have been ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the cou­ple’s mur­der.

Rachel and Rod­ney Saun­ders lived and worked in South Africa

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