It is with deep sadness and shock that we learnt of the passing of our colleague, Francois Grove, owner of Safaris Direct.
Francois also served as a Board Member of SATSA and was the Chairperson of the Mpumalanga Chapter.
Commenting on the news of Francois’ passing David Frost, CEO of SATSA said that Francois was such a special piece of SATSA’s as well as the industry’s jigsaw and he will be missed by all.
“I am very saddened by this news. I first met Francois during my Tourvest Inbound days 20 years ago. I was privileged to work intensively with him on the OSV self-regulation project, to which he committed not only time and energy, but also his knowledge and passion. Francois leaves us with a great legacy and he will be sorely missed,” added David
Hannelie du Toit, SATSA COO said that a big tree has fallen. “Francois, you will be missed!”
Industry colleagues and friends also added their condolences:
Francois Neethling, MD Heavy Vehicles Import Africa: I am sorry to learn this news. I respected Francois for his frankness and honesty. My condolences to his family. He will be missed. Rest in peace.
Rob Hetem of T-Cubed Consulting: Condolences and prayers to family, friends and colleagues. You will leave a big gap and I will miss your energy, dedication and passion. Go well.
Jabu Matsilele, CEO of Buja Tours: Prayers and fond memories are what we have to remember Francois. As Gauteng Chapter we extend our most heartfelt sorrow and condolences. This too shall pass…