Johannesburg - The Remgro [JSE:REM] board paid tribute on Monday to
its CEO Thys Visser, who died in a car accident last week.
"In his 32 years with the group he left an indelible
mark on the company, its investments, the employees of the group and the South
African business landscape at large," the board said in a statement.
Visser, 58, died in a car accident in Rawsonville, in the
Western Cape, on Thursday.
The Remgro board said Visser was "instrumental in
building Remgro into a multi-billion rand investment company with an array of
diverse investments, creating enormous value for shareholders".
The board expressed its heartfelt sympathy and condolences
to his wife Amanda and children, Matthys and Riette.
Johann Rupert, chairman of Remgro, said: "We have lost
an irreplaceable colleague. Thys was a wise man with impeccable judgement but,
most of all, a man of deep integrity. He was a friend to every one of us, a
family man, father and husband. His death is a great tragedy."
Visser served as chairperson of Rainbow Chicken [JSE:RBW], as
a non-executive director of RMB Holdings Limited and FirstRand Limited, and as
a director on the boards of numerous listed companies, including Mediclinic
International Limited and Distell Group Limited.
Remgro would make an announcement about his successor in due
Independent Online reported that Visser and another man died
in a three-car collision on the N1 in Rawsonville. A third man was injured.
Visser died on the scene, while the other man died in
The men were alone in their cars.