Leadership for Conservation (LCA) in Africa co-founder and board member Mrs Sabine Plattner is best known in South Africa for her successful racehorse breeding and training operation.
But last week she was awarded the highest tribute the Federal Republic of Germany can pay to individuals for services to the nation for her conservation efforts in the Republic of the Congo.
Since 2007 Mrs Plattner has been actively involved in conservation projects in Congo, most notably various projects around the protection, community, educational and ecotourism development in and around Odzala Kokoua and Nouabalé Ndoki National Parks.
In a prestigious ceremony at the Radisson in Brazzaville, Mrs Plattner was awarded the ribbon of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany by ambassador Klaus Peter Schick, on behalf of the President of Germany, Frank Walter Steinmeier.
“With this decoration, the German President pays tribute to a great lady, a modest woman, who does not like to hear much about her good deeds publicly,” Schick said.