Christina in the Namib Desert - as science reporter with a UWC-NASA research team in April 2010. Photos;  Don Cowan
Christina in the Namib Desert - as science reporter with a UWC-NASA research team in April 2010. Photos; Don Cowan

Tributes for top science journo

By Time of article published Nov 1, 2011

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JOHN YELD

Environment & Science Writer

CONDOLENCES are pouring in for the doyen of South African science journalists, Christina Scott, who died of severe injuries sustained in a freak parking accident in Observatory yesterday.

The accident occurred in the parking area of the Black River office where Scott worked at Research Africa, a funding database and weekly online research report.

Her friend and science journalism colleague Lynne Smit said Scott, who presented the weekly programme Science Matters on SAfm and also a former producer on Metro FM, had been teaching an intern at the company to drive.

Scott had got out of the vehicle to help the woman negotiate a parking bay when the car moved unexpectedly and crushed her.

The 30-year-old intern was arrested but later released and warned to appear in Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Thursday in connection with a charge of culpable homicide, police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Andre Traut confirmed today.

Scott was the founding vice-president of the SA Science Journalism Association and its second president, and was also deeply involved in mentoring science journalists from several African countries through the World Federation of Science Journalists.

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