Evaton community leader was caring man

Tumi Sebusi

Tumi Sebusi

The chairman of the development forum of the Evaton Renewal Project, Eldorado McCamel, has died.

McCamel started the Evaton Renewal Project in 2001 and drove it until poor health forced him to step down this year.

The project is a government initiative aimed at regenerating Evaton.

The news of his death last Friday has sent shock waves throughout the community. McCamel died at Samanco Hospital in Meyerton from diabetic complications.

Born on November 6 1945, McCamel was known for his political activism during the struggle.

A devoted Christian, he was a former member of the United Democratic Front and was charged in the Delmas treason trial.

McCamel will be remembered by many as a loving, warm, caring and considerate person. He attended Wilberforce and Phomolong community schools in Evaton.

After Jordan High School he enrolled at Bethel Training Institution, where he completed his secondary education.

He gained a teacher's diploma from Wilberforce Teachers Training College and also attained a diploma in Christian education and theology. McCamel taught at Ditau Primary School in Orlando East, Soweto, Phomolong in Evaton, Mqiniswa in Bophelong and at Wilberforce Training Institution.

He was a superintendent of hostels and then became principal.

He received nine awards for community work, development and a leadership and an honorary doctorate in divinity.

The founder of the Vaal Council of Churches and an ANC ward councillor, he was involved in community projects since the 1970s.

McCamel is survived his wife and seven children. He will be buried tomorrow at Evaton Cemetery.