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HLATIKHULU – Prominent Hlatikhulu businessman and former Town Councillor Peter Pieterse has died.

A family member who was found at the homestead in Hlatikhulu, disclosed that Pieterse passed away in hospital during the early morning hours of Monday.
However, she was quick to say she would not be of much help with further information since the relevant people were out of the country.

The deceased was aged 59.
“Yes, it is true. He passed away yesterday (on Monday) but you better wait for the elders who are still out of the country,” she said briefly.
Details have emerged that Pieterse had been taken to a hospital located in Mbombela, in the Mpumalanga Province of South Africa, where he succumbed to his illness.

He was a leading businessman in Hlatikhulu, with a wide variety of business interests including a fuel station, a shopping complex as well as a butchery situated around town.
The small urban area was abuzz after the news of his death broke out on Monday. Pieterse was described by many as an energetic person, who always participated in the town’s developmental issues.
This was demonstrated by his non-ending interest in being part of the local government, with his last attempt being the recent polls.
His strong business acumen was also commended by many.

Pieterse once served as a Councillor for the same town, where he became a leading businessman at a young age.
He was also involved in many community development initiatives, including sports and serving as chairperson of the School Committee at Our Lady of Sorrows High School in Hluti.
A resident said Pieterse will be remembered as a passionate resident, who was in the forefront on issues relating to the town’s ratepayers.
At some point, Pieterse also contested for the National Parliamentary Elections, under Mtsambama Constituency.

“He was a well-known local businessman here, and he will be missed. He served as a councillor for many years; he was a very dedicated man who put the town first.
“Pieterse invested in the small town when all others had left, and had a firm belief that Hlatikhulu had a potential for growth. His death is a blow to everyone here,” remarked Hlatikhulu Town Clerk Bongani Dlamini, who also acknowledged receiving the sad news of the death of the businessman.

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