AN icon in the Namibian transport industry, Willie du Toit, the long serving managing Director of the FP du Toit Transport Group of Companies has passed on at the age of 68 at his home in Windhoek.
At this stage it is believed that he suffered a massive heart attack while at home on Monday afternoon.
FP du Toit Transport became the largest transport conglomerate in Namibia in 2015 when Du Toit finalised a deal to merge with another equally iconic transport company head quartered in Walvis Bay, Wesbank Transport.
The deal to between FP du toit Transport and Wesbank Transport was finalised in April 2015 when the company announced that it has bought the business of Wesbank Transport as a going concern together with all its assets, contracts and the Wesbank Transport brand name.
Veon van Rooyen who took over the reins at Wesbank Transport after the retirement of his father and few years before the merger said he was shocked to hear about the passing of his erstwhile competitor and friend.
Stefan Terblanchne. Chief Executive Officer of the FP du Toit Group said the death of Du Toit will leave a large void in the Namibian transport industry.
“Besides being a mentor to many people currently in the local and regional transport business, Mr. du Toit also stood at the head of the Namibian Logistics Association for many years. The amount of knowledge that went with his passing is almost immeasurable,” he said.
The FP du Toit Group is a wholly Namibian and family owned business that has been in Namibia for 51 years.
The late Wille du Toit is survived by his wife, two daughters, and his grandson Klein Willie.
Terblanche said funeral arrangements will be announced at a later stage.