Andre Kotze


Andre Kotze was Springbok swimmer from Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Province. He won the 100m freestyle at the South African swimming championships four years running - between 1979 and 1982. 

Andre's family were from Rhodesia before they settled at Linkside in Port Elizabeth, where his father practiced as a doctor. His mother Margaret Kotze was a regular EPASA official timekeeper.

He  attended Claredon Park Primary and Grey High school in Port Elizabeth, matriculating in 1976. He did his national service in the army between 1977 and 1979, and then studied geology at the university of Port Elizabeth. 

Andre swam with coach Tom Connell at Grey, and belonged to the Port Elizabeth Amateur swimming club. He married local swimmer Janette Miller.

Andre and his family moved to George in the southern Cape after many years of working in the Transvaal and overseas. 

ODE TO ANDRE
Andre belonged to all of us.
I used to walk passed him after an icy swim - stretching like a cool cat on those loose, wobbly square paving blocks that used to make the noise that let us know Mr. Connell was near. And he’d say to me in front of the seniors… “hey pete, you’re gonna be a bok one day”.
It was so warming and comforting. He was calm, smiling, and knowing. I believed him.
How cool was Andre? Such an easy and cosy kind of guy. Easy guy to become my hero. Even his speed was easy and casual. Matter of fact.
I used to watch those stairs at the wooden gate at the entrance. To see if he was coming. Always a smile. Always a wink. Sometimes there was a moustache and a smile. When I met Jonty years later it was like I had met him before. 70’s era Koolcats.
The best was when I became “blackpete”. Okes used to make jokes at my colour tone come summer. Odd nicknames in those days. But when I heard “hey blackpete” I’d scan over the pool edge for that happy and gentle face. Made me feel good.
Even better was when I was swimming. I mimicked him. Well, I tried. I used to pester Tom… “do I move like Andre, have I got his rhythm yet? Will I kick like him one day?” I wanted to be like him.
I last saw Andre shortly before I started full-time coaching.
He told me how proud he was of me. Said he knew I would be the best someday. He always knew things us others had to learn for ourselves. He did stuff without trying to prove a thing.
I am glad I belonged to him.
I love that guy.
blackpete

JOGGER DIES AT PARKRUN

George - Thursday, 07 December 2017

A respected and well-loved local businessman, André Kotzé (59), collapsed and died on Saturday morning while participating in the weekly parkrun at the Garden Route Botanical Garden.

According to ER24 spokesperson, Annine Siddall, he was unresponsive when paramedics arrived, but they performed CPR on him for

30 minutes before he was declared dead on the scene.

Kotzé was a director of Badger Holdings and was based in George.

Family friend and colleague, Peter Grindlay, the MD of Oakhurst, says Kotzé was a devout Christian.

"André served all he came in contact with with absolute devotion.

"He exemplified the execution of servant leadership. Despite leading a very full and busy life, he always had time for everyone.

"He was a giant of a man, not only physically, but in his heart too. He lived a message of love.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Janette and sons, Kyle and Jarryd."

The funeral will take place at Hope Church in Knysna Road tomorrow (Friday 8 December) at 11:00.

Andre Kotze, beloved husband of Janette, and father to loving sons Kyle and Jarryd, sadly passed away whilst participating in our local parkrun this morning. 
The family sincerely thanks all who assisted this morning, and is very grateful for all the heartfelt messages. 
Andre will remain with us in spirit always.

parkrun South Africa sends its sincerest condolences to the friends and family of Andre Kotze.

From George parkrun:
Our heartfelt condolences to the Kotze-family. We cannot imagine the depth of your grief, but we trust you will find comfort in the strong supportive community that surrounds you. 
Sincerely, 
Your parkrun volunteers

Hester Verschuur Such an amazing child of God, husband, father, friend and mentor to many. André you will be missed. Thinking of the family..xx
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Torrin Theron-Visser Very sad. Our thoughts are with Andre’s family during this sad time as well as George parkrun. From you Western Cape parkrun family.
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Meredith Pollock Was shocked to hear the news, remember Andre from worship at Trinity.. Comfort in knowing he is home with the Lord but heartbreaking for Janette and the family.. Condolences to all the family and friends..
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Teresa VanderMerwe Joubert My sincerest condolences to Andre's dear family and friends. In this tragic loss were so much kindness, total strangers "fighting" and praying to keep him here...but God knows more..https://www.facebook.com/images/emoji.php/v9/f6c/1/16/2764.png");">❤️
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Laura Bailie It's such a sad heart broken shock but that gentle giant of a awesome man is smilling with Jesus now but his poor family
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Ranjini Naicker To Janett and the family,we are saddened at your loss.May you be comforted by the thoughts and prayers of many who had the pleasure of knowing you, Andre and the two young men ,who will be your support now.lots of luv from all of us in Selcourt.
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Pierre Du Plessis Please forward our condolences to the Kotze family.. 

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Hugh Glover To Janette and all those close and dear to you - please accept Debbie and my deepest thoughts and prayers. Andre was a unique highly gifted person who contributed so much to so many. His deep faith in Jesus Christ assures of his passing into a beautiful realm of freedom and joy with the soon and coming King of heaven and earth.
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Terry Graham Compaan R.I.P Gentle Giant For Jesus. You will be missed much Andre
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Christene Jacobs Vegter Sincere condolences from fellow parkrunners. Thinking of you in this very sad time.
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Norma Friedenthal Deepest sympathy to you Janette, Kyle and Jarryd.love, Leo and Norma Friedenthal.
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Ita Janse van Rensburg Soooo sad. Our sincere condolences to all the bereaved.
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Thabisa Panda Condolences to the family
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Ilze Theron Koorts Mag jul as familie toegevou word in Sy liefde en vertroosting....https://www.facebook.com/images/emoji.php/v9/ffb/1/16/1f64f_1f3fb.png");">🙏🏻 Soo jammer oor jul verlies....
 
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Ester Wiid Condolences to family and friends. Sad day.
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Mariette Rossouw Condolences to the family and springs parkrun is thinking of the familyhttps://www.facebook.com/images/emoji.php/v9/ff0/1/16/1f613.png");">😓https://www.facebook.com/images/emoji.php/v9/fb7/1/16/1f917.png");">🤗
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Christine Landman Andre, a special man if God has impacted many lives, our condolences to Jan, Jared, Kyle
 
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Deryn Fleming My sincere condolences Janet, Kyle and Jarryd..my thoughts and prayers are with you
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Stewart Stiles So sorry to hear this very sad news - condolences to Andre’s family - RIP Andre. You are in our prayers.
 
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Dawn Ellerbeck Condolences to Jan, Jarred and Kyle. Our thoughts and prayers are with u. Nigel and Dawn
 
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Hartenbos parkrun Hartenbos parkrun extends our sincere condolences to all the family and friends. https://www.facebook.com/images/emoji.php/v9/f91/1/16/1f625.png");">😥
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Donna Williams My sincere condolences
 
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Tracey van Niekerk Hartverskeurende nuus. Sterkte aan sy vrou, kinders en familie.
 
 
Robert Young Baie sterkte aan familie bid vir julle net tyd sal genesing bringhttps://www.facebook.com/images/emoji.php/v9/ffb/1/16/1f64f_1f3fb.png");">🙏🏻https://www.facebook.com/images/emoji.php/v9/ffb/1/16/1f64f_1f3fb.png");">🙏🏻
  
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Monica Young-Smit Baie Sterkte aan familie Bid jul krag en sterkte toe
 
 
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Sandra Ann Wolfaardt Rest in peace comrade.
 
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Janine Gouws So sorry to hear!
 
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Alta Visser Sooo jammer om dit te hoor
 
 
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Henk P. Nel Ons bid vir julle.https://www.facebook.com/images/emoji.php/v9/fcb/1/16/1f641.png");">:(
 

Andre was a keen musician and guitarist

UPE Springboks of 1981 - Andre with fellow PEA swimmer and Springbok lifesaver Mark Edge. 

Winner of the Carden Cup for the 100m freestyle at the South African swimming championships in 1979 Andre Kotze - with arch-rival Paul Blackbeard. 

water - skiing at Redhouse with Kobus Scheepers

Andre and Janette at the wedding of Andrew Dean and Mandy Buchner at Knysna.