Deceased Tshwane Bus driver a ‘noble’ man

Hundreds gathered at the Tshwane Bus Services offices in Pretoria on Thursday to pay tribute to a bus driver who was killed in an accident last week.

Johan Nolte died when his bus collided with a garbage truck in the CBD last week.

Nolte’s colleagues described the 59-year-old driver as a kind man who they enjoyed working with.

“He was a very energetic man who would crack jokes and was full of life,” said Patrick Van Rooi.

“We were all shocked to learn of his untimely passing.”
Nolte had worked for the Tshwane Bus Services for 13 years.
“We are all hurting, it has not been easy on any of us, especially those of us who spent years working closely with him and got used to having him around,” said Van Rooi.
“We wish to convey our deepest condolences to the family and let them know we are feeling the pain they are going through.”

Tshwane Bus Services executive director Bongani Mntanbo urged mourners to take inspiration from Nolte’s life.

“Let us all celebrate his life, we know its not easy to accept your loved one not there any more but we can find comfort in the good deeds he did while he was alive,” said Mntanbo.

“We are extremely saddened by Johan’s passing as management and we know it’s not easy for the family.”
Nolte’s brother Billy battled to contain his tears as he spoke of his brother.
“As the family we appreciate all the messages of support we have received since his passing and we can see everyone really loved him and had a good relationship with the people. It’s not easy for us as the family, it’s painful losing a loved one,” said Billy.

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