The Man with the double smile

It is with a heavy heart that I bring you the sad news of the passing of Krisen Govender. Krisen passed away on the 24th of April from acute organ rejection after a double lung transplant. According to his wishes, his life was celebrated with music and laughter by his wife Anusha, his three daughters, Diyanka, Bivika and Aruna and a host of family and friends.

They say our industry is built on relationships and Krisen certainly embraced that, making friends and adding value every step of the way. As an industry colleague and friend, The Man with the Double Smile, as his daughters affectionately referred to him in their farewell message, always smiled and always gave of himself.

Far too young to go but you stayed long enough to have made a difference. Thanks big guy.

Bon voyage my friend.



A few friends shared their thoughts with us

Krisen was a charismatic, popular, funny and wonderful guy to get to know.

I really enjoyed his company and his extroverted nature. His positivity was infectious which is probably why he was so good in his Head of marketing role at Hollard. People were drawn to him and believed in what he was trying to achieve.

He had a saying (one of many) which I remember : Don’t hate the player, hate the game, which he recited with delight when I tried to mock him about what he was wearing or which of his huge selection of watches he used to wear.

He was a great colleague and friend and had a wicked sense of humour. We had a lot of fun

Krisen I will miss you my friend. Hopefully you are in a place where they serve a cracking gin n tonic.

Condolences to his wife and children. Gone too soon.


Paul van Onselen


Krisen, the courageous conqueror!  With your bold personality, you have touched so many people.  It was a pleasure working with you, your leadership style was inspirational and intellectually very astute!

I’m grateful to have known you.  Rest In Peace, a giant soul that will never be forgotten.

Adel Kriel


We will miss your larger than life personality, sharp wit and dark humour, you always brought sunshine to any situation, Rest in Peace.

Sara Wright