Death of principal a huge shock

2016-03-31 06:00
André Oosthuizen. Photo:FACEBOOK

André Oosthuizen. Photo:FACEBOOK

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Tributes are pouring in after the sudden death of the Principal of Uitenhage’s Strelitzia High School.

On Saturday André Oosthuizen was visiting his family in Hankey when he suffered a suspected heart attack.

Omar Neilsen, acting Principal and childhood friend, described Oosthuizen as a man with a heart for others.

“His death is a big blow and a huge shock to all. He would have deprived himself in order to help another. Education has lost a great man. He was brilliant and an authority in the field of teaching.”

Nielsen said that Oosthuizen had not been ill, and had presumably suffered a heart attack.

He had just recently undergone a full medical examination and no problem had been found.

The Principal of Riebeek College, Marilyn Woods, and the school have expressed their sympathies via their Facebook page.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and everyone at Strelitzia. He was a wonderful, human principal, teacher and colleague whose friendliness will be missed by all who knew him”, the inscription states.

In other inscriptions Oosthuizen is described as a very good teacher.

“What a wonderful man. We worked so well together.” Reads an entry by Felicity Nelson, a teacher at Uitenhage High School.

On Monday the Eastern Cape Education Department expressed its sympathies to the Oosthuizen family and the Strelitzia staff and pupils.

Oosthuizen’s sudden death follows just months after that of Frayne Marupen, Head of McCarthy Comprehensive High School in Uitenhage.

He leaves his wife Elrea and two children, Dewald and Sonja.

  • On Monday another educator from Uitenhage, Roux Brand from Daniel Pienaar THS, passed-away after a tragic road accident. (See p. 3)

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