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25 March 2021
Celebrating a son of Worcester, a revolutionary and life-long student, Cecyl Esau
The family of the late Cecyl Esau would like to express their heartfelt appreciation for the support they have received as they mourn the loss of their father, brother and grandfather. Cecyl was many things to many people – a mentor, a friend, a struggle hero and like the bright light that he was, he touched countless lives. The family is humbled by the outpouring of love for him.
 
To celebrate Cecyl’s life, a number of events have been arranged, strictly in accordance with lockdown and COVID-19 regulations. The first of which is an intimate, private ceremony for the immediate family. Cecyl was a member of the African Methodist Church and his wish was to be cremated.

MEMORIAL SERVICE

 
A Special Provincial Official Category 2 memorial service will take place at the Worcester Town Hall on Saturday, 27 March 2021 and in line with the current COVID-19 regulations is strictly by invitation only. The family has however received countless requests from people who would like to be part of this celebration of Cecyl’s life and would therefore like to convey their gratitude to the University of the Western Cape (UWC) for making the memorial service accessible via livestreaming on both their Facebook and YouTube accounts. UWC will share the links to access the livestream via their social media platforms shortly.

DRIVE-BY MEMORIAL

 
The family understands that there are many Worcester-based friends and members of the public who would like an opportunity to say their goodbyes to Cecyl and a drive-by memorial has therefore been arranged from 16h00 on Friday, 26 March 2021. Friends, family and members of the public are welcome to form part of the drive-by memorial which will take place outside the family home in Mylne Street, Worcester. A table will be set up outside the house where mementos like flowers can be dropped off with members of the family who are present. All individuals taking part are required to wear their mask at all times and adhere to all COVID-19 protocols.

UWC MEMORIAL (to be confirmed)

 
The family would like to personally thank UWC for their intention to host an event in Cecyl’s honour and understands that the university will only be able to do this once the Department of Higher Education guidelines regarding COVID-19 compliance allows them to do so.

INVITATION TO OTHER ORGANISATIONS TO HOST EVENTS

 
The COVID-19 regulations have understandably restricted the family’s ability to celebrate the life of Cecyl the way that they would under normal circumstances. The family are doing the best they can within the resource constraints and welcome organisations who helped shape the life of Cecyl to arrange their own celebrations, while strictly adhering to COVID-19 regulations.

FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS

 
A number of requests from those who would like to contribute financially to some of the abovementioned events have been received and the family has appointed Father Pieter Grove to administer this process. His bank details for donations are as follows:
 
Pieter Grove
Standard Bank
Cheque account
Account number: 08 236 0146
Reference: Cecyl Esau
 
Father Pieter Grove and the organising committee will release a complete financial statement after the memorial service in the interest of transparency and to ensure that the financial affairs associated with these events are conducted in an ethical manner.
 
Once again, the family would like to convey their deep gratitude for the love and support they have received during this difficult time. A special thank you to UWC and the Institute of Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) for their continued support.
 
For media enquiries, please contact Tamara Snow on tamara@tamarasnow.co.za or 072 279 4845.
 
For more information about Cecyl Esau, please visit https://www.sahistory.org.za/people/cecyl-esau.