Sadness as Dries Niemandt passes away


Posted on April 5, 2016

It is with great sadness that we have come to learn of the passing of one of the Unions great legends , Oom Dries Niemand (86). There is much that one could write about Oom Dries in his achievements on the sporting field ,sport and Rugby administration , as well public life as Longstanding Mayor of Kempton Park .
For me as a player under his administratorship , as selector team manager and Vice President , I have only the greatest respect and fondest memories of him.

He was always a person with the most positive and joyfull  personality that I had ever encountered in rugby . He was very supportive of me in both my playing days and as President of the union and a great inspiration for all of us .I suppose that the only thing one is left with is the Legacy we leave in life .Oom Dries’s Legacy is truly a great one and we will sorely miss him . He was a true people’s person and this I believe was his cornerstone in life .I never encountered anyone who did not like or was fond of Oom Dries ,except for the odd one or two opponents he tackled too hard in a game .Even they would acknowledge his stature in life .
Farewell Oom Dries “Jy het baie  diep spore in die Unie getrap .”we will sorely miss you.
Us  All at the Golden Lions Rugby Union pass on our sincerest and heartfelt condolences to his dear wife , children and grandchildren . Kevin de Klerk President: GLRU

A memorial service will be held on Friday 8 April at 13:00 at the NG-Kerk  Kempton Kruin.

Message from his son Nelus on the life of his father:
“Hy was intens betrokke by sport en die Dries Niemandt-sportterrein in Kempton Park is na hom  vernoem uit erkentlikheid vir sy jarelange diens aan die sportgemeenskap in Kempton Park. Hy het ‘n groot rol in rugby in Kempton park gespeel en was lank voorsitter van die plaaslike klub.  Hy was ‘n skeidsregter en keurder van die destydse Transvaal, senior vise-president en ook intens betrokke by die bou van Ellispark Stadion.  Hy was ook lewenslange erevise-president van die Goue Leeus Rugbyunie ? ʼn Leeu ondersteuner in murg en been.

Dries was besturende direkteur van Rentmeester Versekeraars en het op tientalle direksies gedien.  Hy was  voorsitter  van die Gemeenskaplike Munisipale Pensioenfonds en trustee van die NG Kerk se Predikante Pensioenfonds. Hy was ʼn voormalige voorsitter van die Afrikaanse Handelsinstituut (1987/88) en ook President van die Verenigde Munisipale Bestuur van Suid-Afrika (1987/88).  Hy was later voorsitter van die Raad op Plaaslike Bestuursaangeleenthede (1989 ? 2002).  Hy was dekades lank ʼn raadslid van die Stadsraad van Kempton Park, was burgemeester en voorsitter van die Bestuurskomitee, en het in 1991 ereburgerskap van die stad ontvang.

Dries was ook ʼn Raadslid van die Randse Afrikaanse Universiteit. Hy was ‘n buitemuurse student aan die Universiteit van Pretoria (B Com en MBA)  en voorsitter van die Buitemuurse Studenteraad.
Hy het naby Swartruggens geboer en was ʼn bekende Simmentaler-stoetteler.
Hy word oorleef deur twee kinders, Nelus Niemandt en Nita Nel, ses kleinkinders en een agterkleinkind.  Na die afsterwe van sy eggenote Thea, was hy die laaste twee jaar getroud met Hannie.

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