Western Cape traffic safety director Mark Jansen died of an underlying Covid-19 related illness.
Tributes poured in for Jansen, 53, who joined the Department of Transport in 2003.
His death is a huge shock to his family, colleagues and friends, who described him as a born leader.
Kenny Africa, Western Cape traffic chief, said Jansen was a director who did indeed provide everything for road safety.
“Through his perseverance and dedication, he has saved many lives on our roads. In particular, he made a huge contribution to the safety of our youth and his contribution to schools did not go unnoticed. “
Africa said Jansen and his contribution will be sorely missed in the department.
“The daily chats in his office and the love he displayed for his work certainly leaves a big void that I believe will not be easily filled. He was a colleague and friend of a thousand. Rest in peace Mark, ”said Africa.
On social media, tributes poured in for Jansen with many who described him as a good friend and even better colleague.
Jandre Bakker, Head of Communications for the Department of Traffic and Public Works, said Jansen was a leader in the community, playing an important role, especially in youth initiatives.
He said the roads are safer these days because of Jansen’s dedication and passion for his work, especially road safety programs for children.
“One loss in our traffic family is one too many. Every day the virus seems to be getting closer. It is a reminder to everyone that Covid-19 does not discriminate. Any of us can contract the disease, and any infected person can infect others. ” said Department of Transportation Jacqui Gooch.
Jansen was the father of two children.