Today, 21st September 2016 we lost a biker, the Western Cape biking fraternity lost a brother, a friend and the Meeulanders Motorcycle Club in particular also lost our President.
Goosem (Divi) de Vries passed away this morning after a battle with cancer which he fought with his usual tenacity, refusing to give in to self pity but instead influencing those around him with his indomitable spirit.
I had a huge amount of respect for Divi, as Meeulanders President since 2007 he was charismatic and influential, he was passionate about the club and its members and dedicated a large part of his time and energy to furthering the interests and activities of bikers in the western cape.
He became vice chairman of the Western Cape Motorcycle Association and was very effectively "hands-on" in the organisation when it came to functions and the annual "Day Jol" to which he also dedicated a lot of his time.
He was always on the club Breakfast runs, attended many rallies and loved dishing out the shots of "melk tartjies" to those taking part, this was part of the biker lifestyle which he so loved and which so positively influenced those around him.
The best thing that can be said about Divi is that he was a biker, he really will be sorely missed, things are not going to be the same without him.