THE municipality is still reeling from shock following the tragic and untimely death of Sipho Khuzwayo, who was killed in a car accident while driving on the R102 near Hibberdene on Sunday evening.Before his premature death, the late Mr Khuzwayo was part of the management team of the municipality where he was entrusted with the responsibility of being senior manager, Economic Development and Environmental Services. Mr Khuzwayo was a true servant of the people who joined the struggle for a better life for all citizens at a very early state of his life. And with his incisive mind and easy humour, Mr Khuzwayo’s death leaves a huge void in the municipality and the local government at large.The late Mr Khuzwayo made an immeasurable contribution in the service delivery processes of the municipality. As the inaugural youth manager during the time when he first joined the municipality, his ground-breaking work contributed immensely to the formulation of the policy directives for youth development in the district. The municipality sends its condolences to the late Mr Khuzwayo’s family, his colleagues and the communities and friends whom his life had touched.We wish them strength and courage during this difficult time of loss as they attempt to come to terms with the falling of a great baobab tree. May they be comforted in the knowledge that their loss is shared by all of us.