Stander a true gentleman: Sam

2013-01-03 22:03

Cape Town - SASCOC on Thursday mourned the death of the country's leading mountain-biker Burry Stander in a road accident in KwaZulu-Natal.

Stander, 25, was killed in a collision with a taxi while training near his home in Shelly Beach on the South Coast.

He was a two-time Olympian, having competed in Beijing in 2008 and in London last year where he finished a brave fifth in a thrilling race.

"This is indeed terrible news to start 2013 with. Burry was the epitome of an Olympic athlete - talented, ultra-competive but at the same time extremely humble and a true gentleman," the national Olympic governing body's president, Gideon Sam, said.

"SASCOC, the cycling fraternity, and the entire South African sporting community mourns his passing and sends our prayers to his wife and family.

"I'm totally shattered because athletes of Burry's calibre are not easily replaced. It's an enormous loss to the entire cycling family.

"I've said this time and again but it is really time to work even harder at protecting both our runners and cyclists who used the roads daily to do their training."

Stander married fellow 2008 Beiijing Olympian Cherise Stander (nee Taylor) in May last year.

He was a feared rider on the global circuit having won events in all corners of the globe. He was a three-time SA mountain bike champion as well as a winner of the gruelling Cape Epic multi-stage off-road event.

Two years ago in January, another leading South African cyclist, Carla Swart, died when she was hit by a truck while training in the Free State.

HAVE YOUR SAY: What was your best memory of Burry Stander? Also send your condolences to Stander's friends and family to Sport24.


  • msaloojee - 2013-01-03 22:31

    From all staff at solomons cycles we offer our deepest. Condolances to the sander famlY. Sadly missed however never forgotten rest in peace barry

  • ganon.nhubunga - 2013-01-03 22:34

    May his soul RIP. Taxis, they need to be careful, the do not care attitude is causing unnecessary heartaches.

  • tony.paulo - 2013-01-03 23:16

    My condolences to the Stander family.

  • Mark Wesson - 2013-01-03 23:26

    Such a sad day. Killed by a taxi, what a surprise....

      sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-01-03 23:34

      Mark I am not suprise of the word taxi and murder because they go hand in hand!!

      zambezi.river - 2013-01-04 08:47

      Leave my taxis alone! Some of these cyclist act as if they own the road. They should be made to keep within the yellow line.

      jacques.walker.16 - 2013-01-04 10:02

      Well zambezi, tell your taxi drivers to keep on the road,because on the South Coast,they just pull over anywhere for a passenger regardless of any cars or cyclists. Bloody troll.

  • settie.zuweni - 2013-01-03 23:28

    What a fine athlete he was, he will be greatly missed. Do not know what to do about these taxis in this country, we experience it everyday, we get frustrated every day, we get angry everyday and yet we are always tolerant, we leave them torment us everyday of our lives!

  • sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-01-03 23:32

    Oh yeah he was a gentleman indeed. Mhhhh I remember when I watched him on tv while he was soldiering on for us in the olympics in London, eish very fond memories nhe!!

  • kaylan.andrews.9 - 2013-01-03 23:32

    Sad sad sad

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2013-01-03 23:37

    A true hero and a true gentleman. What a sad day. You will be missed Burry. Condolences to the Stander family.

  • mzuvukile.maswana - 2013-01-03 23:45

    Again this report is mentioning that he was hit by a taxi when there is a witness who was at the scene and is disputing such claims. A great athlete he was but our journos are just putting a damper into it. Taxis don't kill cyclists but drivers like me and any other driver do.

      nuus.reeder - 2013-01-04 06:18

      Are you suggesting taxi's don't cause more deaths than any other vehicle on the road? Sorry dude, I don't drive like the average taxi driver - as an industry they have more blood on their hands than any other industry. And the government is weak when it comes to regulating or criticizing them - why is this?

      gerald.parker.3956 - 2013-01-04 07:24

      Do me and all of us a favour. Give up your job as a TAXI DRIVER you are right the driver kills not the taxi. he just usesit as a weapon

      Jakes71 - 2013-01-04 08:34

      The taxi driver waited at the scene for the police to arrive according to another report, which is the right thing to do. I'm sure it was just an accident.

      sanda.mnyazi - 2013-01-04 10:08

      The taxi driver was taken for questioning and was later released.........

  • devon.dutoit - 2013-01-04 00:32

    Burry will truly be missed.He highly inspired me with mountain biking.I hope one day to be as good as he was in MTB.Burry Stander, a true MTB Legend! R.I.P

  • abdulwahid.ebrahim - 2013-01-04 01:03

    Dear strong. To curb accidents injuries and fatalities:enforce strict road safety laws. Without fear or favour. Even blue light offenders. Protect ALL road users.cameras on EVERY major road every 5 or 10 kms. Spot fines. Arrest.suspend licences. Impound. Vehicles. DO IT NOW. STOP TALKING AND sTOP PROCRAsTiNatiNG. How many more innocent people must die before u act?

      erica.pienaar.7 - 2013-01-04 09:58

      no more cameras and policing. Just make sure the drivers are competent and well trained before a licence is handed to them. Specialized driving tests would be the answer as they have many passengers in their vehicles daily. They should be tested for licence every year.

  • ranase - 2013-01-04 01:55

    seriously news24? Do u have to write multiple (same) articles about the death of this dude? Pls find closure and get over it!

      nuus.reeder - 2013-01-04 06:20

      He was one of our sporting icons, many people are devastated by this tradgedy and want to read about it. Is it that difficult to understand?

      annemarie.french1 - 2013-01-04 07:30

      You clearly don't come out of your house much, do you?

      hayley.marshall.564 - 2013-01-04 07:31

      What a douche-a sporting icon was killed in a trdgic accident. I hope no one mourns your death.

      sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-01-04 09:04

      So true Derek, Ramorse please find a public toilet and strugle to flush yourself down*piece of sh##t*

  • ranase - 2013-01-04 02:11

    blame zuma cause thats the example he's setting. WHATEVER that means!

      abner.malema - 2013-01-04 04:05

      Go to hell. Everything is Zuma, u hate a black leader with passion

      Pheto Mothupi - 2013-01-04 04:10

      we cant people who important innocent citizen anc has to answer

      sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-01-04 08:59

      There comes another dom kop, where do u come from Ramorse because we are talking about the taxi knocked and killed a cyclist and yet you jump onto the presidents troath*sies you disgusting* and you must also learn to comment uyeke ukuthetha amsimba apha!!

  • peter.wells.9469 - 2013-01-04 04:07

    It is always a taxi, They are lawless and totally inconsiderate. Responsible for over half the deaths on our roads. Speed does not kill - wanton taxi drivers do. It is out of control and government does nothing. Impound them I say.

      nuus.reeder - 2013-01-04 06:23

      Speed kills when in the wrong situation. Taxi drivers must be the worst, but a lot of other drivers also drive like fools, and it seems to be getting worse. We are verging on anarchy in this country - the leaders of the land have caused this - there is no accountability when they do wrong, and this is filtering through to the general population.

      mark.theunissen1 - 2013-01-04 07:14

      Nunu - other drivers are getting as bad as taxis because they see that they can get away with doing the same

      mzuvukile.maswana - 2013-01-04 07:49

      Two wrongs don't make a right. That is something that we have always learnt and experienced.

  • marcel.malgas - 2013-01-04 04:17

    Sad story. Our top sportsmen and -women always on the receiving end, if it is not by accidents, than robbery and theft. Such fond memories of his family who supported him while he was at the Olympics in London. May his family found peace with this terrible ordeal.

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  • anita.kroon - 2013-01-04 05:59

    married in May last year

  • harry.nieuwenhuizen - 2013-01-04 06:22

    This terrible news make me so sad! He was a true legend! We will miss you Burry Stander! RIP!

  • mzuvukile.maswana - 2013-01-04 06:33

    Morning Live just mentioned this sad story on their 06h00 news bulletin and there is no mere mention of a taxi being involved. Just mentioning that an investigation is being conducted.

      denis.meyer1 - 2013-01-04 06:52

      It was definitely a taxi - the accident occurred just up the road from my residence in Shelly Beach and the report on also mentions that a taxi turned into him.

      Erna - 2013-01-04 07:21

      And 702 is reporting that it was definitely a taxi.

      mzuvukile.maswana - 2013-01-04 07:46

      This is really a confusing reporting. Yesterday a commentor by the name of Hantie claims that he/she was at the scene and the driver who hit Bury was there with two police vehicles and an emegerncy vehicle. The vehicle that he/she claims saw there was definately not a taxi. My point is that ordinary drivers also do tend to cause such incidents towards cyclists. We can't only focus only on taxis.

  • Peter Zylstra - 2013-01-04 06:41

    Condolences to the Stander family. To the've got blood on your hands by allowing taxis to drive like hooligans and disregard the rules of the road!

  • paul.korb.9 - 2013-01-04 06:48

    A Sad loss for SA sport, my condolances to his family and freinds! The KZN Minister of Transport needs to resign forthwith - the carnage on our roads cannot continue!

  • denis.meyer1 - 2013-01-04 06:50

    R.I.P. Burry. One of the South Coast's favourite sons. You were tragically taken in another senseless accident. Your legacy will live on in our hearts. From all the members of the Port Shepstone Lions Club.

  • john.haakestad - 2013-01-04 06:51

    He was my inspiration. So sad to hear the news. God Bless him and his family. R.I.P.

  • teboho.seretlo - 2013-01-04 06:52

    Gone too soon. May his soul rest in peace and may his wife be comforted during this tough period of her life.

  • mandy.hamlett.7 - 2013-01-04 07:01

    Is there any way to stop the murder of our people by the totally selfish moronic actions of the taxi drivers in this country. I dont hold out much hope. Govt stop saying we must do something as if that is enough. Do something to control the carnage on our roads. Sincere condolences to Burrey's family.

  • emmanuel.baloyi.75 - 2013-01-04 07:12

    rest in peace Stander...i wil remember u 2008 in Beijin...

  • arthur.salvado - 2013-01-04 07:15

    Very sad and unnecessary . We see all the traffic of fences done by taxi drivers all day every day. My question is, how come the traffic authorities don't. Where are they? I see them drive past these offenses on a daily basis and doing absolutely nothing. Taxis and authorities GUILTY. My condolences to family and friends. RIP

      jacques.walker.16 - 2013-01-04 10:11

      Arthur,the traffic police are all sitting under a tree opposite the hospital in Port Shepstone and Uvongo doing speed traps!

  • arthur.salvado - 2013-01-04 07:20

    I'm absolutely furious at the lack of action by the traffic police. I drive a car, ride a superbike and often commute by scooter. Taxi drivers are totally lawless and are allowed to be so. How come we ALL see the atrocities taxi drivers commit on our roads and authorities fail to see. Authorities MUST be held responsible .

      Mzondi Wakwa Maqina - 2013-01-04 08:48

      i agree with you Arthur. Taxi drivers are lawless, in the cities they stop wherever/however they want. They block traffic because they stop in the middle of the road to pick up someone. Sometimes they do that infront of the police.

  • leslie.erasmus.1 - 2013-01-04 07:21

    @Renase have u read the local and international reports? Closure? R.I.P Buddy

  • hein.boucher - 2013-01-04 07:23

    I was shattered when I read this this morning. Very sad! My condolences to his family and friends!

  • leslie.erasmus.1 - 2013-01-04 07:30

    @Renase have u read the local and international press reports? Closure? Not soon. R.I.P Buddy

  • hein.boucher - 2013-01-04 07:32

    I stopped counting the amount of cyclists and motorcyclists I saw struck at intersections and along the road; firstly because there is not enough space for both the cars and the cyclists. But also because people drive like hooligans, as they know there will be no consequences (law wise) from their reckless driving behaviours. Either separate vehicles and cyclists / runners / pedestrians (by building separate lanes for the 2 road users) or enforce stronger road laws and revoke licenses of reckless drivers!

      mzuvukile.maswana - 2013-01-04 07:40

      Thank you Hein. Here you generalize that its drivers who are negligent. People tend to deviate from the truth and turn to wear blinkers. Many cyclist are knocked by ordinary drivers on hit and run.

  • maluxionn - 2013-01-04 07:42

    Why do you want to make it a racist issue,cool down there is no need for that.Accidemts happen everyday en we see them it affects us this festive season we have witness some horrendous accidents on our roads so there is nothing special about this accident it has happened just like other road accidents that resulted in a loss of many lives at one go.

  • Kwanele Mzwanele Masoka - 2013-01-04 08:17

    I totaly agree with you Gedion, athletes of Burry's callibre takes a lifetime to replace. It will take us generations to produce another world class mountain biker- R I P Mr Stander your passing away is like a death of an era to us who followed your progress!!

  • lawson.lutchman - 2013-01-04 08:53

    Great loss but I know the road, and its gets really busy during the holidays.

  • anaska.israel - 2013-01-04 09:47

    This is such sad news for South Africa sport - my thoughts are with his family R.I.P

  • rmacnicol - 2013-01-04 10:00

    its not always the vehicle drivers at fault... too many times i have had to go into oncoming traffic because cyclists are in my lane "training" when i hoot i am given the just saying

  • bridget.schwartz.16 - 2013-01-04 12:25

    @zambezi .. maybe if taxi's didn't drive over the yellow line, cyclists and joggers would have a safe place on the road. Taxi's see the yellow line as an extra lane. RIP Burry.

  • bridget.schwartz.16 - 2013-01-04 12:25

    @zambezi .. maybe if taxi's didn't drive over the yellow line, cyclists and joggers would have a safe place on the road. Taxi's see the yellow line as an extra lane. RIP Burry.

  • leon.benkenstein - 2013-01-04 15:34

    Eer aan 'n legende en mag daar baie genade wees vir mev Stander en die familie.

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