Benjamin Blucher (36), who worked as a restaurant manager at the Shelly Beach Ski-boat Club, was killed in a collision with a bakkie while riding his motorcycle near the Uvongo Bridge at Marine Drive last Thursday evening at around 10:30 p.m. .
Shawn Herbst of Netcare 911 confirmed Blucher was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.
Police spokesman Captain Petros Mpinge said the 28-year-old driver of the bakkie had been arrested and charged with drunk driving and culpable homicide.
He will soon appear in Port Shepstone Magistrates’ Court.
After hearing about the tragic accident, Blucher’s brother Michael flew in from Australia.
Blucher grew up in Australia, moved to England as a teenager, before leaving for South Africa in 2012.
He was a tradesman and worked at the Cock ‘n Tail Cafe in Margate for businessman Mark Snyman. He then left to work as a manager at the Dock ‘n Anchor Pub in Margate.
When Covid-19 hit, Dock ‘n Anchor closed and Blucher then returned to work for Snyman in September 2020, this time at the Shelly Beach Ski-boat Club, where Snyman had set up a successful catering outlet.
“Ben worked for me for about seven years in the hospitality industry. He started as a bartender and over the years worked his way up to manager. He was rising through the ranks and will be sorely missed,” said Snyman said.
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