Fallen CWDM heroes remembered

Remembering the heroes ‘loudly’

An emotional celebration of those Cape Winelands District Municipality’s (CWDM) employees who have lost their lives in the line of duty over the past five years was held on 28 July.  The event was held to commemorate the unveiling of the Wall of Memory which is kept on display in the CWDM’s council chambers in Worcester.

Together with family and fire fighters, the Municipal Manager and Executive Mayor, Ald. (Dr) Elna von Schlicht unveiled the Wall of Memory.

“The wall of remembrance serves to remind us of our fallen heroes and to keep them in our hearts. Today, we celebrate the lives of Colin Reynard, Heinrich Oosthuizen and Buzwe Gcuze, they are here with us today and will forever remain with us,” said Von Schlicht, who thanked the family of those who had perished in the line of duty for attending this special day.

“If you do not remember somebody out loud, they die twice! Today we are remembering our fallen heroes, out loud. Through this event we show the respect and care that we, at the Cape Winelands aspire to sharing with colleagues, guests, and visitors to our organisation,” stated Henry Prins, Municipal Manager (MM) of the CWDM.

The service was led by the CWDM’s Fire Services and included a marching parade, a Guard of Honour and reading of the Fireman’s Pledge to Service. The event culminated with the ringing of the Fireman’s Bell and a formal salute by the fire teams.

“Rest in Peace, colleagues, we’ll take it from here.”

The Executive Mayor, Ald (Dr) Elna von Schlicht on the left and Henry Prins, Municipal Manager unveil the Wall of Remembrance.

The Executive Mayor, Ald (Dr) Elna von Schlicht, The Chief Fire Officer, Wayne Josias and the Municipal Manager inspect the fire fighters prior to the official ceremony.
Executive Mayor, Ald (Dr) Elna von Schlicht, in the centre flanked by the Shift Commanders of the CWDM’s Fire Services all of whom worked alongside those who have passed on. From Left, Henry Robbertse, Lötter Lackay, Heinrich Louw (CWDM Training Officer), Johan Botha, Executive Mayor Von Schlicht, Director Champlain Daniel Solomons, (who led the services), Piet du Plessis John Hendricks and Bongile Mtsila.






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