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Farewell to Academy’s educator

   10 February 2017   l   Zani Hiepner    l   Views: 129   l   13 months ago  


Chris de Wet (51) standing proud with the 2016 Waterberg Academy Matriculants.

It is with great sadness that Waterberg Academy and the Vaalwater community bid farewell to one of their own.

Chris de Wet (51), Afrikaans educator at the Academy, passed away on Sunday, 5 February, whilst sitting peacefully in the garden of his house on the school premises at Vaalwater.

De Wet’s heart stopped and he stopped breathing due to unknown causes. Fellow colleagues tried their best by doing CPR but unfortunately it was too late. 

De Wet was declared dead upon arrival at the local clinic, said Mark Godfrey, principal of the school.

The passing of the educator has caused total upset amongst his learners and fellow educators.

“Chris was an excellent educator and loved by all, his passion and commitment is going to be sincerely missed by his Vaalwater family,” said Godfrey.

De Wet loved nature and being in the Bushveld was a dream come true.

One of his favourite holiday destinations was said to be the Kruger National Park where he could kick back, relax and enjoy the tranquillity it has to offer.

“We will be forever grateful to Vaalwater for welcoming Chris with open arms. To him living and working in the Bushveld was not considered a job, but a passion and a way of life. It was the happiest time of his life,” said Isabel Boshoff, his sister.





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