College mourns former deputy head boy

2010-11-03 00:00

MARITZBURG College is mourning the death of its former deputy head boy, Calvin Krause (24), who died in an aircraft accident on Monday night.

Krause died while flying a Gyro Chopper in Limpopo, where he was based.

He worked as an assistant manager at the Shelanti Game Ranch.

His father Chris, who spoke to The Witness while the family made its way to Limpopo, said his son had been flying solo at the time.

He was unable to provide further details on where his son was going and whether the flight was business-related.

“He flew on a frequent basis. At this stage, I’m not sure what the reason for this trip was,” said the father who was trying to control his emotions.

Krause said his son was qualified in game ranch management, which he studied at Saasveld in George.

He was informed about the accident by Shelanti, his son’s employers.

“We are taking it one day at a time,” the father told The Witness.

“I don’t know yet what I’ll miss most about my son, but I can say that he was a man of courage and commitment.”

This was reiterated by Graham Bennetts, the head of marketing at Maritzburg College.

“As deputy head perfect he upheld his high station with dignity and integrity. He was ever dependable and responsible,” said Bennetts.

Krause’s matric registrar, Piet Snyman, described him as a friendly, well-mannered young man who was courteous and totally reliable at all times.

“He was a natural leader who led by example in a quiet manner. He got on well with staff and peers alike.”

Bennetts said Krause joined Martizburg College as a boarder from Kloof Senior Primary, where his family is based.

He followed the steps of his older brothers, who were also prominent leaders at the school.

His father also held a position of prominence at the school as a chairperson of the school governing body.

Not one to walk in other people’s shadows, Krause blazed his own trail. He represented South Africa in Under- 15 water polo and excelled in rugby, athletics and swimming. He acted in school plays like Oliver Twist and was a member of the Public Speaking Society.

By matric, he had earned honours in water polo and a badge for swimming and had shown leadership prowess as a house captain and deputy head prefect.

“This very sad and untimely loss has caused a ripple through Maritzburg College and the Old Collegian community. We mourn the passing of a passionate and talented young gentleman. We send our sincere condolences to the Krause family,” said Bennetts.

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