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UWC mourns its hero, Chester Williams - a message from our Rector.

Author: UWC Rector and Vice Chancellor, Professor Tyrone Pretorius

Statement from UWC Rector and Vice Chancellor, Professor Tyrone Pretorius

(Published - 6 September 2019)

“It is with great sadness and shock that we have learnt that Chester Williams, our Head of Rugby and legendary Springbok, has passed away.

While Chester was a passionate supporter and leader of rugby at the University of the

Western Cape (UWC), he was a man who belonged to the South African nation.

Beloved on campus by players, colleagues and students alike for his gentle yet determined manner, we have indeed lost a giant today.

We will forever be indebted to this son of the South African soil for his talented display on the field as well as his innately compassionate character off the field.

We will all remember him and his charitable endeavours through the Chester Williams Rugby Foundation that assisted talented, young rugby players.

Here, at UWC, we admired him for leading from the front and investing in our rugby players to the extent that they were victorious in the Rugby Varsity Shield that led to our historic promotion to the Varsity Cup tournament. 

Chester transcended barriers of all kinds and will always stand as a beacon of transformation, determination and talent.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time and we, along with the South African nation and rugby fraternity, pay tribute to a humble, generous and beloved legend.”

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