Veteran agricultural writer and journalist, Hans Lombard, passed away recently, shortly after celebrating his 90th birthday. He was a regular contributor to Farmers Weekly (since 1952) and The Silo Magazine. His first article for The Silo magazine was published in 2013.
Lombard, who was born on 4 April 1926, died peacefully in his sleep at the home of a friend, Anthony Evans of Viljoenskroon, while attending the 2016 Nampo Harvest day.
Lombard, who was born in Cradock in the Karoo, had been an agricultural journalist since the early 1950’s. He was a founding member of Agricultural Writers SA and played an important role in agricultural and political journalism, according to Magdu du Toit, current chairperson of Agricultural Writers SA.
During the 1960’s, Lombard wrote for Farmer’s weekly from the UK, where he was based at the time. In 1973, he established Hans Lombard PR, a public relations consultancy, and was involved in launching and marketing of the Nampo Harvest Day and the South African National Seed Organisation (SANSOR), among others. He remained actively involved in journalism until his last day. He had one son, Paul, who passed away earlier this year, and is survived by his wife Margaret.