GEORGE NEWS - George Municipality mourns the death of its longest serving staff member, Jusiah Phillips Dikela (also known as ‘Oom Gert’), who died of Covid-19-related symptoms yesterday.
Oom Gert, aged 60, served the municipality for 46 years (since he was 14 years old).
He is the fourth George Municipality staff member to succumb to Covid-19.
George acting municipal manager, Steven Erasmus said the municipality was saddened by the loss and extended its condolences to Dikela's loved ones. “Oom Gert knew everything there was to know about George’s underground water and sewerage lines and was an invaluable source of knowledge. We will miss his friendly demeanour and honour him and his family for the time and commitment he had towards his job and the people of George."
Dikela lived with his wife Emarencia in Pacaltsdorp. They have seven children, six grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
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