By-election in ward 2
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Oudtshoorn. 7 October 2012.
OBIT-DREYER Oct 7, 2012
GARDEN ROUTE MEDIA
Bitou speaker Charles Dreyer died in the Plettenberg Bay Medi-Clinic on Saturday afternoon after suffering an aneurism, sending shock waves through the community and political arena.
Dreyer, 57, who owned and operated the Nothando Backpackers lodge in Plettenberg Bay with is wife Maryna, was for many years a well-known face in tourism circles. He served briefly as the chairman of the Plettenberg Bay Tourism Association and was about to lead a new advisory body to advise council on a tourism strategy for the town.
Dreyer and his family relocated to Plettenberg Bay 17 years ago following his retirement from a career in military intelligence during which he served at a strategic level and became a specialist in East Africa. He retired with the rank of colonel when he was medically boarded in 1995.
He won his seat on council in a municipal by-election in Ward 2 in 2009.
DA Western Cape leader Theuns Botha said it was shock and a great sense of loss that he had heard of Dreyer’s death.
“His unwavering commitment and leadership will be remembered and appreciated long after his death. Not only will Charles be greatly missed by his colleagues in the DA, but also by all the people of Bitou who had the privilege of knowing him. Inevitably he will be missed most by his friends and family, and I want to extend my heartfelt condolences to his wife, Maryna and his son, Nicky.”
Donald Grant, the DA constituency head for Bitou, expressed his condolences to Mrs Dreyer and the family.
“Charles was a tremendously unselfish person, fully committed to the DA in Plett. He was of incredible support to our team in Bitou and started as speaker to steer Bitou towards a new democratic order. He will be sincerely missed, not only as a colleague, but as a family man and friend of Plettenberg Bay. May his soul rest in peace and rise in glory.”
Dreyer maintained a calm and professional demeanour in council which earned him the respect of councillors from both sides of the political divide in Bitou, especially after taking up the reigns as speaker.
ANC Southern Cape secretary Putco Mapitiza said the party was saddened by Dreyer’s death.
“Bitou municipal council has lost a leader who since his appointment as speaker managed to diligently preside over council meetings. May his soul rest in peace. He will be remembered for the role he played in our democratic dispensation,” he said.
Former DA councillor Johann Brummer and his partner Debi Nicholson, who had known Dreyer for some years, said he was an esteemed colleague and political ally in the Bitou council.
“His leadership, compassion, commitment and friendship will be sorely missed by the DA, the council, the caucus, his constituents in ward 2, and the people of Bitou.”
Dreyer is survived by his wife and only son, Nicky.
Mayor Memory Booysen, who visited the family yesterday (Sunday), said funeral arrangements have not yet been finalised.
GARDEN ROUTE MEDIA
Oudtshoorn. 6 October 2012.
17h00. Johann Brummer and Debi Nicholson issued this media statement moments ago:
We have learned of Charles Dreyer’s sudden passing with shock and sadness.
Charles was an esteemed colleague and political ally in the Bitou council and his leadership, compassion, commitment and friendship will be sorely missed by the DA, the council, the caucus, his constituents in ward 2, and the people of Bitou.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to Maryna and Nicky in these trying times. We are at the ready to assist in any way possible.
Johann Brummer and Debi Nicholson.
All media enquiries to be addressed to Johann Brummer on 082 846 0792
15h00. Bitou DA speaker Charles Dreyer died of a heart attack at his home within the last hour.
The death was confirmed by deputy mayor Adam van Ryhner a few minutes ago.
OO met Dreyer only once and found him a benign and friendly man.
OO’s thoughts are with Dreyer’s family and friends at this time.
Dreyer’s ward (2) is one of two DA controlled wards in Bitou.
The Bitou council is constituted of 6 ANC (1 proportional); 6 DA (4 proportional); and 1 Cope (proportional) members, giving the DA a 7-6 advantage.