Ex-Durban mayor mourned

2013-08-09 00:00

FORMER Durban mayor Sybil Hotz will be laid to rest at 2 pm on Monday at Doves in Durban.

Hotz (84) died on Wednesday at the Highway Hospice from a secondary infection linked to cancer, her son, David, told The Witness.

Hotz was a mayor in the early 1980s.

David (52), who is partner at an audit firm, said his mother had been in frail care for four months and at the hospice for five days before she died.

He said he was up and down between the office and the hospice to check on his mother daily during her stay there.

David described her as a good mother who was lucky that she received an education, was exposed to many opportunities in her time and worked very hard.

“She was involved in whatever my brother and I did despite her being involved in many things,” he said, adding that his father, Alexander, was a doctor who worked as a general practitioner.

Her other son, Paul (59), is a retired media practitioner who lives overseas. She is survived by her sons and grandchildren.

Then mayor councillor, Hotz was one of the delegates who turned the first sod at the Durban University of Technology Berea campus in March 1981.

She also opened the Umgeni River Bird Park in April 1984.

David said he will always remember his mother as a strong person who was positive about everything she did.

“I knew Sybil in her role as chairperson of the body corporate of the complex where she lived in Glenwood,” said Stephen Coan, a resident of the complex.

“She was the ideal chairperson, definitely in charge, firm but fair, always helpful and with a fund of knowledge on everything from plumbing to subsidence. She was a model citizen, a caring person who took an active interest in people wherever she might be.”

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