Plane crash victim was ‘fun-loving’ man

2008-09-23 00:00

The remains of the five South Africans killed in a plane crash in Mozambique at the weekend could be back in the country as early as this afternoon.

“We are doing all in our power to ensure that the remains are brought back as soon as possible.

“We are hoping that all the outstanding documentation will be processed soon and then the remains can be brought back…” said Gary Wessels, the financial director of Treated Timber Products.

Wessels said his company is working hard with Mozambican authorities to ensure the remains are back before tomorrow, which is a holiday in Mozambique.

Treated Timber Products is the company that commissioned the business trip to Beira, where the group was to assess the volume of timber in a plantation.

Three of the five people killed in the crash were from KwaZulu-Natal and the other two, the pilot and his wife, were from Kempton Park in Johannesburg.

The sixth person killed in the accident was a British national.

The three from KZN are James Wakelin, Mark Coetzee and Paul Pienaar. Wakelin and Coetzee were employees of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and were travelling in their private capacity.

Pienaar, a contract timber harvester from Eston, was planning to relocate to Mozambique for about five years while he continued his job of timber harvesting, his wife Louise said yesterday.

“We were going to move up there in December and we were planning to stay until his part of the work he was supposed to do up there was finished,” said Louise.

She described her husband as a fun-loving and humorous person who lived life to the fullest.

Her brother, John Lowe, said Pienaar was an energetic person. “Sometimes it was even difficult to keep up with him. He was a wonderful guy,” Lowe said.

Pienaar is also survived by a daughter, Hayley (26), and a son, Ryan (23).

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