In Loving Memory of

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Aussie du Plooy

Aussie joined the AA in August 2017 and very quickly became a key & pivotal figure within the team. His contribution to the AA was substantial. Aussie could always be relied on when things were difficult and he never stepped away from a challenge.The span of his role meant that he worked closely with colleagues across all of IT and other business areas within the AA & with the dedication and focus he always showed to his work & the sheer brilliant force of his personality means he will be remembered fondly & missed by many.

He also played a key role in arranging social events across teams such as a cricket event with our Zensar colleagues in 2019. We will be looking to organise another cricket match in his honour, until we can do that we thought this book of rememberance would be a great idea, something that we will have printed into a physcial book which can be shared with his wife and daughters. Please take a moment to fill this with messages, memories, jokes he may have told, anything you think would be comforting to his family and bring a smile to their face. He spread joy wherever he went I’m sure there are plenty of examples they’d love to hear about. Please also share any photos or videos you may have.

Thank you.

Book Owner: Natalie van Rooyen
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Natalie van Rooyen

Still can’t quite get my head around the news. Knowing I’ll never see Aussie’s smiling face again is a hard pill to swollow. He was an amazing man, with so much passion, enthusiasm and drive in everything that he did. He had a wonderful aura where he walked into the room and lit it …

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Rebecca Hale

What a journey we went on! Aussie’s first day in the office he was greeted to the team with me in the background bouncing around offering out cake that i’d made for the guys while developing the very early AAH2. From then he would never miss out on a slice of cake that was …

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Rahul Bhammarker

Aussie was the first person I met when I joined the AA and it was an immense pleasure to work with him. Despite me being a newbie in the team he never let me felt that way and always trusted me by giving me bigger responsibility every time and stood by me in every …

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Sasi Prasad

Aussie had a tremendous impact on all who know him. I feel privileged to have known and worked with him. He was always my go to person, he puts 100% into everything he did and has set an example for all of us. Work is definitely a different place without him, will really miss …

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David Gilbert

I feel truly blessed to have worked with Aussie and been close enough to call him a friend. Aussie and I joined the AA on the same day back on 7th August 2017, both working in very similar roles. Aussie was the sort of person who formed an instant rapport with people and we became …

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Mike Coupes

Aussie was alwasy there to listen and provide guidance, his simple calm approach to issues allowed us to get things done when they looked impossible. In his short time at the AA he made a big impression and will be missed. …

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Sandhya Radhakrishnan

I can say any day, Aussie has been the best manager I have had so far. He is very pragmatic, result oriented, funny and caring. He has been a mentor from whom I have learnt so much even without him knowing. What I have learnt from Aussie is live life to your fullest and …

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Barry Ingate

I first met Aussie when I had the pleasure of interviewing him along with John Davies in 2017.  We were looking for a strong, no-nonsense, charismatic, technically gifted individual who could take on the Road Operations and had failed with all past candidates.  Within 10 mins of meeting Auss, John and I were kicking …

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Matt Lockie

In memory of a great and magical man who inspired us all. Your ability to communicate and make people feel at ease was amazing to watch, alongside your natural talent and passion. We are all better people for having you in our lives. You will be forever in our hearts and memories. Thank you. …

Natalie van Rooyen

Laurie Lax

I honestly don’t know how best to write about Assie (I knew him well before he was given the extra ‘u’ by the AA), but I am proud to have been able to call him a friend. We first met at Pepsi, where we worked together directly for several years very early in my …

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Phili Walsh

I only had the pleeasure to work with Aussie for a short time. When the team delivered the Elvis project over a weekend he quickly sent a well done email filled with lots of Elvis lines and titles.  As well as feeling appreciate it really made me laugh.  He was a huge character and is …

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Simon

I’m truly sorry for the passing of Aussie.  I met him when I was in the Architecture team, he was one of the people that was always friendly and interested in what was going on and when I moved into delivery it was good to have the support of someone in the same role. …

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Andrew Donovan

I feel very lucky to have known and worked with Aussie. Whilst he was always focused on the job in hand, he had a genuine compassion and kindness for those around him. Even in tough situations Aussie would find a way to make people smile and make the job fun. Whilst Aussie was a …

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Marie Kidby

Aussie was a force of nature who wasn’t afraid to challenge the status quo, He always made sure you felt part of the team and that your opinion was valued. He was kind and had a great sense of humor, the AA and Road IT won’t be the same without him.  Thinking of you …

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Filip Dabrowski

“He who has gone, so we but cherish his memory, abides with us, more potent, nay, more present than the living man.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery From the first moment I meet Aussie a few years ago, I had a feeling that no matter the issue or challenge, he will be a good person …

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Andrew Carr

Aussie “bled yellow” from the moment he joined the AA. This is a phrase that most people at the AA will be aware of, and whilst it is often associated with someone being a brand ambassador.  In Aussie, this was reflected as the energy, spirit and joyfulness that he brought to every corridor conversation …

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Simon French

Authoriative, calm and always positive, Aussie was a colleague I am proud to have worked alongside. More than that he was a great guy. Every conversation with Aussie, whether work-related or regarding our lives outside the office, was boosted by his good humour. He will be sadly missed by so many in Fanum House …

Natalie van Rooyen

Stuart Surridge

I met Aussie when he first started with the AA and like so many others I was quickly impressed by his extensive knowledge, can do attitude and infectious smile. Nothing was ever too much trouble for Aussie and his tenacious approach always meant he was going to find a solution, never afraid to challenge …

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Rosalie Jennings

Aussie will be truly missed – His positive attitude and friendly manner made him a pleasure to work with. He always brought a little humour to meetings which was always appreciated! My thoughts are with you all. …

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Nick Floros

I have known and worked with Aussie throughout all his time at the AA. He was an excellent and dependable colleugue. No matter how much work there was, he always made time to talk about extracurricular activities; his next fishing trip , small rib purchace or my windsurfing escapades. We all going to miss …

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Steve Borg

Aussie, you will be deeply missed by everyone in our organisation. Everyone who worked with you here knew you were utterly dependable, loyal, incredibly hard working and this was more than matched by your friendly approach Aussie always had time for people at work and having had the priviledge of attending his beautiful memorial …

Natalie van Rooyen

Steve Martin

In memory of a great man who inspired all who knew him. We were challenged by your thinking. We were in awe of your talent. We were energised by your passion. We were warmed by your devotion to your team. We are better people because of you. Forever in our hearts and memories. Thank …

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Steven Sargeant

I cant find the words to say how sorry I am to hear Aussie had passed. I’ve worked extremely closely with Aussie over the last 12 months on projects and spent many hours with him changing various presentations to get our message just right. I had a great relationship with him and we would …

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Marcus

On the occasions I have been able to work with Aussie it has always been a pleasure. He has been upbeat, focussed and very helpful. There was always a sense of getting the work done but also protecting his team. Aussie and his sense of humour would have a wonderful way of lightning the …

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Adriaan Viljoen

I’ve joined the AA only a few months ago and initially had very limited engagement with Aussie but the last few weeks, I worked with him closely. It did not take long to figure out we’ve grown up in the same neighbourhood. We shared fond memories about the local public pool, tennis coaching and who …

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