Namibian veteran cricket administrator, Hannes van der Merwe, passed away in Swakopmund at the beginning of this week after a long battle with cancer.
Cricket Namibia (CN) president, Francois Erasmus, in a press statement released today, expressed his deepest condolences, saying, Van der Merwe was extremely active in every local cricket affair and he will be sorely missed as the positive contributor he was to the cause of sports in general and to CN in particular.
Van der Merwe represented Wanderers 1st XI for 13 years, playing in the Namibia Premier League. In 1973, he became the founding member of the SWA Sports Council and served on this body until 1987.
He served the Wanderers Cricket Club in several capacities from the secretary to the president before becoming the patron of the club in 1988.
He also managed various SWA teams and Namibian representative teams after being extensively involved in the SA Country Districts cricket scene between 1974 and 1986, as well as the umpired at 15 provincial matches.
Not only was he an honorary life member of CN but he also served in the South West Africa (SWA) Cricket Union as the secretary and in various roles for 25 years.
He later moved to Swakopmund where he became involved with the cricket club activities at the coast. In 2002, he was appointed as the secretary for the 2002 International Cricket Council (ICC) Emerging Nations Tournament in Windhoek and then director for the 2003 One Day International (ODI) Series against Bangladesh