I did not know the late Prof Kotie Grove nearly as well as I thought and not nearly as well as I wanted to or should have. The Kotie I knew was a man with a ready smile, a greeting, a joke or two and kind words that always seemed to come at just the right time. There was so much more to him: legendary commentator, inventor of Afrikaans words for cricket commentators, a professor of classics, learned, quietly wise. On Wednesday, during a memorial service for Kotie at a church in Melville I heard of a man who broke boundaries, pushed hard transformation, cared little for the norm, loved deeply and cared passionately. The stories I heard were of a man who sacrificed himself, believed in others when they didn’t believe in themselves and who was far sighted enough to see and plot a future for others. His former secretary — my apologies for not remembering your name, but it seemed awkward to be acting like a journalist at a service for a friend — told of how he pushed back against the pre...

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