District Mail

Trib­utes pour in for a much re­spected lo­cal coun­cil­lor

- Jamey Gor­don Facebook

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.

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Dave Venter

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