Jim (“Wee Jimmy”) Maltman, was born on 3 June 1922. Jimmy, from Alloa, Clackmannanshire, in Scotland, was a long-time, passionate supporter of the AfriCat Foundation. He visited Namibia many, many times and his stays at Okonjima, Kavita and AfriCat got longer and longer with each visit.
Jimmy loved going along on carnivore rescue missions and he accompanied AfriCat on many while staying at Okonjima. He was equally happy, even at an advanced age, to fly in AfriCat’s cloth-hulled Maule plane, as he was driving 10 hours to collect a single cat from a faraway farm.
Jimmy made generous donations to AfriCat over the years:
at AfriCat North, he sponsored a Toyota Hi-lux pick-up, which has covered kilometers of rough terrain on communal farmland and patrolled the fence-lines of Etosha and his enthusiasm ensured that the Education Centre classroom was filled with the necessary inventory;
at AfriCat HQ, he facilitated an improvement of AfriCat’s transportation means – he donated a Toyota Land Cruiser (which now bears his name) and he facilitated the re-skinning of AfriCat’s Maule plane. It gave Jimmy great pleasure to drive/fly in “his” vehicles whenever he visited. He loved to regale everyone he met with stories of his days in the RAF, but equally absorbed everything he heard about AfriCat’s work – we can only imagine how he entertained everyone in his local pub with stories of his Namibian cat-rescue adventures!
We were all saddened to hear of Jimmy’s passing on 21 March 2012, just short of his 90th birthday. We were surprised to hear that Jimmy had bequeathed his house in Scotland to the AfriCat Foundation, as a legacy in his will.
WE ARE ETERNALLY GRATEFUL FOR JIMMY’S THOUGHTFULNESS AND WE STRIVE TO ENSURE THAT HIS MEMORY IS CHERISHED. WE STILL FEEL HIS PRESENCE – REST IN PEACE ‘WEE JIMMY’!