Jean-Jacques Cornish

Prince William’s impassioned plea to save the savannah elephant

Britain’s Prince William has made an impassioned plea for all sectors of society to save the savannah elephant.

He was speaking on the eve of the meeting in Sandton where conservationists and policy makers from 182 countries consider the best way of saving 500 threatened species of fauna and flora.

Speaking at an event for the conservation charity TUSK, Prince William paints a bleak picture about the outlook for the savannah elephant.

“When I was born there were one million elephant roaming the wild in Africa. By the time my daughter Charlotte was born last year that number had fallen to 350 000,” the prince says.

“At the current rate of illegal poaching, but the time Charlotte is 25 the savannah elephant will have disappeared from the wild.”

He says he’s not prepared too explain to his children why his generation lost the battle for this iconic species when they had the tools to win it.

He says there’s momentum building from government, business, conservationists and the public to stop the killing.

The mistakes of the past cannot be undone.

But they can and must take moral responsibility for the decisions they take today.

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Jean-Jacques Cornish is a journalist and broadcaster who has been involved in the media all his adult life.

Starting as a reporter on his hometown newspaper, he moved briefly to then Rhodesia before returning to South Africa to become a parliamentary correspondent with the South African Press Association. He was sent to London as Sapa’s London editor and also served as special correspondent to the United Nations. He joined the then Argus group in London as political correspondent.

Returning to South Africa after 12 years abroad, he was assistant editor on the Pretoria News for a decade before becoming editor of the Star and SA Times for five years.

Since 1999 he’s been an independent journalist writing and broadcasting – mainly about Africa – for Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape
Talk, Radio France International, PressTV, Radio Live New Zealand, Business Day, Mail & Guardian, the BBC, Agence France Press,
Business in Africa, Leadership, India Today, the South African Institute for International Affairs and the Institute for Security Studies.

He has hosted current affairs talk shows on Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape Talk. He appears as an African affairs pundit on SABC Africa and CNBC Africa.
He lectured in contemporary studies to journalism students at the Tshwane University of Technology and the University of Pretoria.

He speaks on African affairs to corporate and other audiences.
He has been officially invited as a journalist to more than 30 countries. He was the winner of the 2007 SADC award for radio journalism.

He’s been a member of the EISA team observing elections in Somaliland, Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Egypt and Tunsiai.

In October 2009 he headed a group of 39 African journalists to the 60th anniversary celebrations of the Peoples’ Republic of China.

In January 2010 he joined a rescue and paramedical team to earthquake struck Haiti.

He is immediate past president of the Alliance Francaise of Pretoria.

Jean-Jacques is a director of Giant Media. The company was given access to Nelson Mandela in his retirement years until 2009.
He is co-producer of the hour-long documentary Mandela at 90 that was broadcast on BBC in January 2009.