David Jacobus de Villiers aka Dawie de Villiers was a former Springbok rugby captain and ordained priest in the Dutch Reformed Church. He was also a South African Government minister.
Dawie de Villiers, a former Springbok captain, has died.
Dawie de Villiers, the legendary former Springbok captain, died at the age of 81. De Villiers died on Saturday night at his home in Stellenbosch, according to his family. He’d been sick for a while.
“Dawie has been systematically deteriorating over the last few months, but we were privileged to be able to provide him with the assistance of professional help at home,” the statement said. Dawie ‘De Viljee,’ as legendary late radio commentator Gerhard Viviers dubbed him, was South Africa’s premier scrumhalf in the 1960s.
Between 1962 and 1970, he appeared in 25 Tests for the Springboks. De Villiers captained the Springboks to a 20-17 victory over the All Blacks at Ellis Park in his farewell Test, securing a famous 3-1 series victory.
He was no behemoth at 1.71m and 73kg, but he was the prototypical scrumhalf with a terrific pass, pace, agility, and an eye for space. De Villiers represented Boland, Western Province, and Transvaal at the provincial level (now Lions). He was also a well-known politician and ordained minister in the Dutch Reformed Church.
Dawie De Villiers Age, Family, and Early Life
Dawie De Villiers was 81 years old. He was born on 10 July 1940 in Burgersdorp, Cape Province, Union of South Africa. His father, Coenie, was a railway clerk, National Party organizer, and Vasco constituency Member of Parliament from 1953 to 1961.
His family relocated to Caledon, Ontario, where he began his education. They relocated to Bellville a year later, when he matriculated in 1959 at the Horskool Bellville.
Dawie De Villiers Career, What was his Profession?
He was a part-time philosophy lecturer at the University of the Western Cape from 1963 to 1964, receiving the Abe Bailey and Markotter scholarships. From 1967 until 1969, he was the pastor of the Dutch Reformed Church’s Wellington congregation. He went on to become a lecturer at the Rand Afrikaans University after that (RAU). He obtained a scholarship to study overseas after completing his MA in philosophy in 1972.
De Villiers also excelled in rugby (scrumhalf position) and played at all levels, including 25 test matches for South Africa. At the age of 22, he played his first international test match against the British Lions in 1962. He captained the Springboks against New Zealand in 1970.
While he was lecturing at RAU, Gerrit Viljoen, the then rector, pushed him to get involved in politics. De Villiers entered politics and ran for office against his father’s wishes. He was elected to the House of Assembly as the MP for Johannesburg West in 1974 and 1977 and was re-elected both times.
De Villiers was appointed South African Ambassador to the United Kingdom in April 1979. When he returned to the United States in October 1980, he was appointed Minister of Trade and Industry. He ran for the Gardens constituency in Cape Town the following year but lost to Ken Andrews of the Progressive Federal Party. He was thereafter elected as the Member of Parliament for Piketberg in the Cape Province.
During his tenure as Minister of Trade and Industry, the Liquor Act was approved, allowing bar owners to desegregate their establishments at their discretion, and the South African Tourist Board was founded. He established a commission to investigate monopolies in 1983 and encouraged small businesses in rural and ‘homeland’ areas. He was appointed Minister of Mineral and Energy Affairs, as well as Minister of Public Enterprises and Cape NP head, in 1989.
Which school and college did he go to? What was his major?
He graduated from the University of Stellenbosch with a degree in Theology and honors in Philosophy in 1960. He served as President of the Student Council from 1962 to 1963.
Dawie De Villiers Net Worth, How much does he earn?
There are no details on the net worth of Dawie at the moment.
Dawie de Villiers Wife, Was he married? Any children?
He has a wife named Suzaan Mangold. They have a son and three daughters.
Is he available on any social media platforms?
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