Theewaterskloof Municipality, August 27, 2023 – The Theewaterskloof Municipality is mourning the loss of its cherished Executive Mayor, Councilor Kallie Papier, who peacefully passed away after a brave battle with cancer. The entire community is grappling with the departure of a man who embodied the very essence of Theewaterskloof and Caledon, leaving behind an indelible mark on the region.
In a heartfelt statement issued today, Acting Mayor John Michels conveyed the deep impact that Kallie Papier had on the municipality and its people. “Kallie Papier epitomized everything that is good in Theewaterskloof and will forever remain one of Caledon and Theewaterskloof’s greatest ‘sons’,” remarked Mayor Michels. The loss has left the community in a state of profound sadness, united in their grief for a man whose influence extended far beyond the realm of politics.
Kallie Papier was not just a political figure but a community leader with a unique ability to connect on a deeply emotional level with the people he served. His genuine compassion and empathy allowed him to understand the pain, sorrow, and needs of those around him. He was known for his unwavering dedication to finding solutions during crises, providing relief to those in distress. In many ways, he earned the title of a ‘healer’ for his ability to uplift and support his fellow community members.
Today, Theewaterskloof mourns the loss of a beloved icon, and words seem inadequate to describe the profound impact he had on the region. Mayor Michels stated, “Truly, at this stage, there are no words to describe the immense loss of a beloved icon.” While the pain of the loss leaves many speechless, the municipality and its people remain united in their shared sorrow.
The legacy of Kallie Papier is one that will be remembered for generations to come. His contributions to Theewaterskloof go beyond political boundaries, transcending into the hearts of every individual he touched. As Mayor Michels emphasized, “All I can say is that I and the rest of the Council and all the officials pray for his family and entrust them to God.” The community’s strength will be tested in the days to come as they navigate a path without Kallie by their side.
Yet, even in the face of this loss, the roadmap left behind by Kallie Papier will serve as a guiding light. His legacy of compassion, leadership, and service will continue to inspire and shape the future of Theewaterskloof. As Mayor Michels eloquently put it, “The Lord will carry us and his loved ones through this.”
As the community comes to terms with this significant loss, vNews extends its deepest condolences to the family, friends, and loved ones of Mayor Kallie Papier. His memory will forever remain alive in the hearts of the people he dedicated his life to serving.