Former Cabinet minister dies

2010-03-25 20:04

Cape Town - A former member of former president FW de Klerk's last Cabinet George Bartlett died on Thursday after a long battle with cancer.

Bartlett was appointed transport, public works, and land affairs minister in 1989, and became minerals and energy affairs minister in 1991, a post he held until South Africa's first democratic election in 1994.

He was also KwaZulu-Natal leader of the erstwhile National Party, which later became the New National Party.

The last NNP leader in KwaZulu-Natal before the party was disbanded, Renier Schoeman, said on Thursday that Bartlett had been a highly competent and dedicated public representative and minister.

He had served the public and his community with distinction in various capacities over a long period.

Bartlett would also be remembered as a principled politician of high integrity, Schoeman said.

Bartlett was born on March 14 1931 in Port Shepstone, Natal. He went to school in Pietermaritzburg and obtained two degrees from the University of Toronto in Canada.

He was elected to Parliament for the first time as a United Party MP in 1974.

After the demise of the UP, Bartlett joined the New Republic Party, and then the NP in 1984.

He leaves his wife, a daughter, and three grandchildren.