Cancer claims bubbly Kowie radio man

Yoliswa Sobuwa

JUST days before he died, eccentric Port Alfred resident Ivan Oberholzer was still presenting his Saturday afternoon Kowie FM radio show, Saterdag Potjie.

Oberholzer, 64 – a former Port Elizabeth-based news photographer on the Oosterlig (now Die Burger) and SABC TV news and documentary cameraman – died last Wednesday. He had been suffering from multiple myeloma, a bone marrow cancer, since 2008.

His wife Sue, 55, said Oberholzer had taken early retirement as a result of his condition and had a stem cell transplant in Cape Town in 2009.

“Since then he had been doing quite well. However about six months back he started having problems and his last two weeks were very hectic as I could see that he was in pain,” Sue said. “Even when he was doing his last show, Saterdag Potjie, at Kowie FM, I could sense his pain, but he loved his job. There was no stopping him.”

Earlier this year, Oberholzer made it his mission to fix some neglected municipal infrastructure in Port Alfred.

He dug deep into his own pocket, bought special paint and, with his gardener June Gina, spent several hours repainting faded white lines and two stop signs.

“It is a nice feeling making a small difference – it makes me feel good,” he said at the time.

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