Obituary: Ravi Govender, connoisseur and inspiration

2014-01-24 00:00

THE Corporate Strategic Director of the KZN Department of Arts and Culture, Ravi Govender, died in a car crash in Mooi River yesterday. According to the department’s spokesperson, Mluleki Mntungwa, Govender was on his way to a service delivery workshop in the Drakens­berg.

The MEC, Ntombikayise Sibhidla-Saphetha, has sent her condolences to Govender’s family.

“Govender was one of the hard-working people in the department. We’ve been robbed of his skills, talent and experience, but we find comfort that he left us with a proud legacy,” Mntungwa added.

A colleague, Dr Rajendran Thangavelu Govender, said they still do not know how the accident happened.

“We don’t know if he was trying to avoid something. He died on impact,” he added.

Rajendran described Govender as an extremely committed person and a family man.

“He assisted the department with strategies and planning. He’ll be sorely missed.”

Govender started working at the department in 1995 and had a Master’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He also worked as a curator prior to taking up his recent post.

He was a teacher at a Chatsworth school before joining the department.

Govender is survived by his wife and relatives and had no children.

One of the people who offered their condolences on Facebook, Deena Padayachee, said Govender and his wife were always humble, kind and approachable.

Govender once wrote: “After reading When The Chalk Is Down, I am convinced that life is a balance of fortunate and unfortunate experiences, with the human spirit alive and active, ready to lift one to new and unconquered heights”.

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