I WAS deeply saddened to hear about the tragic death of ex-councillor, project manager, spiritual leader and mission worker Keith Baatjies (“Motorcyclist dies in crash”, October 28). Keith was such a kind, gentle soul and he would always do anything to help someone in need.
He was the most selfless person I have ever met and he was always willing to sacrifice himself so his loved ones could have more or better or suffer less pain. This was evident even to the end.
Never did he think of himself, never did he complain and this is where his courage came to the fore. Every situation he was confronted with was met with a smile and his signature laughter.
People were drawn to him because of his compassionate nature.
I met him when he was a mission worker, and found him to be a devoted Christian and a fearless politician, but a community worker at heart.
One of the important self-improvement ideas propagated by Keith was that of changing the behaviour of others by changing the way you react to them. Qualities that he considered important for becoming successful were being proactive, beginning with the end in mind, putting first things first, thinking win-win and seeking first to understand than to be understood.
While continuing to further his studies and being a social activist, Keith was also a devoted Christian at the church. I mourn his death as he devoted his life to community building and serving the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality.
His demise is a great loss to the community and the Nelson Mandela Bay as a whole. My heartfelt condolences to his wife, children and all who had the privilege of knowing him.
He may be gone but he will never be forgotten.
Christian Martin MPL, Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature, Bhisho