The Cap-Net family is deeply saddened by the passing away of Mr Lewis Jonker on 25 May 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa. Lewis is known to most of us during his tenure as the WaterNet Manager the capacity building network for Southern African Development Community (SADC) affiliated to Cap-Net. He hosted one of the first Cap-Net annual meetings held in Cape Town in 2004. Those present recall the warm and lovely hosting by him and his wife at their home. Lewis was very instrumental and contributed immensely and generously to the Cap-Net programme. Most of us last interacted with him at the 5th Delft Symposium on Capacity Development, in May 2013, in The Netherlands.
He will be fondly remembered for his contribution in the water sector in the SADC region and beyond. In my personal interaction with him Lewis proved to be a very cheerful and modest fellow comrade, an admirable independent researcher, thinker and writer. Our deepest sympathy go to his family, friends and colleagues at University of the Western Cape (UWC) where he lectured and mentored on many young water professionals.
May his soul rest in eternal peace. He will be dearly missed within the Cap-Net fraternity. I am informed that WaterNet will be coordinating the compilation of an e-book to celebrate and in memory of the life of Lewis, among working colleagues, students and networking locally, regionally and internationally. You are all welcome to contribute and share photographs as well. Please contact the current WaterNet Manager, Jean-Marie Kileyshe Onema or the Director of Cap-Net, Themba Gumbo directly.