Tributes pour in for a much respected local councillor
HELDERBERG – Messages of condolences have poured in following the death of former Strand ward councillor Dave Venter last Friday (31 July).
He had served the community of Ward 83 for a decade before stepping down in August 2016, and from the start took great care in resolving civic matters.
Dubbed the “dial-a-quote” councillor, Venter initiated various projects, including the Lourensia Park low-cost housing project, which was included in Ward 15 following the 2011 municipal election.
Another project he initiated was the construction of the seawall and the upgrade of the Strand Pavilion precinct.
John Niehaus, chairperson of the Sectional Title Association Strand (Stas), said it was with great sadness that the association had learnt of
Venter’s death, paying tribute to his valued involvement.
“He will be remembered with much appreciation by the committee of Stas for his dedicated cooperation with the association during his tenure as councillor,” he said. “He played a big role in the interaction with the association during the planning phases of the very successful Strand seawall and promenade project.
“[Venter] attended Stas committee meetings regularly, keeping members informed of Ward 83 activities. Our deepest sympathy and condolences to his family, friends and loved ones.”
The Gordon’s Bay Residents’ Association took to Facebook, posting: “Condolences. Our thoughts right now are with Councillor Johan Middelton and families on the passing of Dave Venter.” Subcouncil 8 chairperson Councillor Chantal Cerfontein, who knew Venter professionally and personally for the last 15 years, described him as a person with a kind heart who always spoke his mind, someone whom others could depend on to get things done.
She said Venter would be remembered for the respect he showed towards others and for always having the patience to listen. “I knew him as a person with great character, always polite and who never spoke badly of others,” Cerfontein said. “He was the kind of person who would open his doors and was always willing to help where he could. May the angels guide him home.”
Attempts to reach Venter’s partner and fellow councillor, Johan Middleton, were unsuccessful at the time of going to print.