Joburg CEO killed in “fluke paragliding accident”

Chris Hersov, the CEO of Arc Skills, died while paragliding in Mpumalanga this week.

According to his wife, the head of one of the biggest skills training companies in South Africa was killed “in a fluke paragliding accident” on Tuesday at God’s Window just days before his 56th birthday.

“I was truly blessed to be married to the most honourably [sic] man I ever met and look forward to celebrate and honour his life with you all,” she posted on Facebook.

The South African Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (SAHPA) started an investigation into the accident. The preliminary reports state that a portion of Hersov’s glider folded inward, leading him into a fatal spin.

“We are taking this very seriously and the committee will be meeting next week,” SAHPA spokesperson Ronnie Beukes claimed.

Beukes added they wanted to find out what went wrong and how they could avoid similar incidents in the future.

Hersov’s body would be flown to Pretoria next week. Tomorrow afternoon, on what would have been his birthday, his life will be celebrated at St Andrews School.

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