Memorial service for Sports DG

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Pretoria - A memorial service is to be held today for the late Director General of Sport and Recreation, Vernie Petersen.

The service will take place at the St Albans Cathedral in Pretoria this afternoon.

The 52-year-old will be laid to rest on Monday in Cape Town.

Peterson, who was admitted to the Zuid-Afrikaanse Hospital on 16 February, died on Sunday. He had been suffering from pneumonia.

Petersen joined Sport and Recreation in October 2008 after serving as National Commissioner of the Department of Correctional Services. 

He had also worked as chief director at the Department of Social Services, population and development in Mpumalanga, Adviser to the Minister of Social Development and in other civil society organisations.

In addition to his undergraduate studies in Social Work obtained from the University of Western Cape, Petersen also held Honours and Master's Degrees in Social Sciences from the University of Cape Town.

Petersen is survived by his wife and two sons. - BuaNews