Obituary: Ex-councillor, investor Osman Ganie

2014-12-18 00:00

CITY businessman and former Msunduzi councillor Osman Ganie died yesterday after a long illness.

Ganie, who, among his business interests owned several buildings in the city, was respected for his knowledge of the real estate world.

He was a member of the old Indian Local Affairs Committee (ILAC).

After South Africa became a democracy, he stood as an independent councillor in the 1996 local government election, but lost.

The following year he joined the ANC. He became a council member for the ruling party and was made an executive committee (Exco) member because of his knowledge of finances.

Msunduzi speaker Babu Baijoo recalled that mayor Omar Latiff, a chartered accountant, had resigned. “As Ganie was also a qualified accountant, it was felt he would fill in a valuable gap,” he said.

Baijoo added that he regarded Ganie as one of the best councillors the city had when it came to understanding municipal governance and city budgets and tariffs. “During his time, when Hloni Zondi was mayor, the city had one of the better budgets. There was also more developments in those five years than there has been since,” he said.

Ganie was buried yesterday. He is survived by his wife and four children.

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