Obituary: Padmanie Chetty, social worker, safety trainer, fundraiser

2008-10-14 00:00

Padmanie Chetty (49), a well respected social worker and assistant manager at the provincial Transport Department, died peacefully on September 26.

Chetty qualified as a social worker in the early 1980s and commenced her working life at the then department of Indian Affairs. She was actively involved with child welfare and spent many extra hours on a voluntary basis at Sunlit Gardens children’s home making a difference to the lives of the children.

She is remembered for the lavish Christmas parties that she hosted at the Edendale Hospital children’s ward during the 1990s at her own cost.

She joined the Transport Department in 1987 and quickly rose to the position of assistant manager. She was instrumental in its outreach programme to educate children in all aspects of road safety throughout the province.

She was responsible for the management of the road safety driver of the year competition and implemented the province’s road safety holiday programmes. She was passionate about the province’s “Asiphephe” road safety programmes.

Chetty was an active member of the ladies’ group of the Sri Siva Soobramoniar and Marriamen Temple and was a member of the fundraising committee that was responsible for the refurbishing of the temple dome that was completed by designers and artisans from India. She held a gala evening that raised nearly R200 000 towards the funding of the project.

She was a member of the Hindu Young Men’s Association and served as its secretary/pro until the time of her death.

She was passionate about the upliftment and skills development of previously disadvantaged women and was involved in Crimestop and the peace rally at the Guru Rambaranji’s Vedanta Ashram.

Chetty is survived by her son Minesh Chetty, mother Neela Kain Padayachee, a sister and two brothers.

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