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UFS mourns the death of Prof. Jakes Gerwel
2012-11-29

Prof. Jakes Gerwel
29 November 2012

The University of the Free State (UFS) mourns the death of one of South Africa’s most respected academics and leaders, Prof. Jakes Gerwel.

The 66-year-old thought leader died on Wednesday in Cape Town, after spending Tuesday in critical condition following heart surgery.

Prof. Gerwel was a well-known figure in South Africa's political history and in his later years, he chaired and was on the board of major organisations and corporations. In 2004 the UFS awarded an honorary degree in literature to him.

Prof. Jonathan Jansen, UFS’ Vice-Chancellor and Rector, said Prof. Gerwel was one of South Africa's leading scholars in Afrikaans literature and an outstanding university leader during troubled times.

“He inspired a generation of young scholars through his example of linking political activism to academic excellence in ways that enhanced both. I regard him as my senior mentor, and I am forever grateful for the example he set, which I hope to emulate.”
 

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