Drowned man fondly re­mem­bered


THE death of avid an­gler Mor­gan Goven­der as a re­sult of Satur­day’s gale force winds has dev­as­tated his fam­ily and friends.

Goven­der, who worked at the Panorama Re­cov­ery Cen­tre in Pi­eter­mar­itzburg, was fish­ing at Al­bert Falls Dam when he was pushed by strong winds into the dam.

Speak­ing just hours be­fore Goven­der’s fu­neral on Mon­day, his as­sis­tant, Yoshan Singh, told POST that Goven­der had helped him at a time when he was shunned by his fam­ily and the com­mu­nity.

“No one wanted me but he pushed me and showed me a brand new way of life.

“This cen­tre that I am at is only suc­cess­ful be­cause of the hard work and ded­i­ca­tion of Mor­gan. “He car­ried us all.” Monty Reddy, an­other em­ployee at the cen­tre, which pro­vides re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ser­vices for the youth and adults strug­gling with drug and al­co­hol ad­dic­tions, said Goven­der was a “king­pin” at the cen­tre.

“He was one of the main su­per­vi­sors and he ded­i­cated 10 years of his life here, as a vol­un­teer.

“He loved to be with peo­ple and loved in­spir­ing them and help­ing them and some­times even just lis­ten­ing to their sto­ries.

“We don’t even know how to go on with­out him. He han­dled the cook­ing and the run­ning of the cen­tre.

“He would some­times even ded­i­cate his Christ­mas to be here at the cen­tre,” he said.

“He touched a lot of hearts and gave hope to the hope­less.”

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