School mourns the death of two learners


The Pietersburg High School in Polokwane, Limpopo, was plunged into mourning after the death of two of its learners.

Pieter Miller, a gr. 8-learner at the school, died in a car accident on Sunday. “Our Pietie hearts are broken over the sudden death of another of our learners,” the school said.

“Pieter was a hard-working and gentle boy. He was proud of his previous school, Pietersburg Primary School, and also excited to be part of his new school. Where there were opportunities to participate, he gave his best. He will be remembered for his beautiful smile and loyalty.”

The school expressed its condolences to Pieter’s mother and brother. “May God wrap you in His great grace and love.”

A fundraising initiative will be held on Wednesday at the Tenpin on Grimm bowling alley to raise money for Pieter’s funeral costs and as a tribute to Pieter and his family.

Pieter’s death followed a day after a gr. Year 10 learner, Anneke van der Merwe, lost her battle against cancer on Saturday.

According to a BackaBuddy fundraising campaign that was started to raise money for Anneke’s medical costs, she was diagnosed with skin cancer four months ago. The cancer later spread aggressively to her brain and abdomen and her family was told that she only had a few months to live.

The school said that Anneke “then got her wings faster than we were ready for”.

“Anneke’s spirit was fearless. We know that she is now pain free. Our deepest sympathies to her mother and family who have to come to terms with this huge loss. Anneke, let your light shine brightly,” the school said in a tribute.

Anneke’s funeral service will take place on Thursday.