Remembering Bredenkamp 

Source: Remembering Bredenkamp – The Standard

BY MUCHADEYI MASUNDA

IT was with a deep sense of sorrow that I learnt that John Arnold Bredenkamp passed away on Thursday, June 18, 2020 at his home in Harare. He would have turned 80 years of age on August 11, 2020.

I would like to pay a special tribute to “JB”, as he was affectionately known by a legion of his acquaintances in the local political circles, for the immense and immeasurable contribution, which he made in the development of sport and education in Zimbabwe.

First, he played rugby for our country as a scrum-half and captained the national rugby team from 1965 to 1968. As a former pupil of Prince Edward School (PE), he fervently and magnanimously supported the development of rugby and music at his alma mater. In 1998, he bankrolled the construction of the music and computer centres at PE.

Second, he generously supported the iconic Royal Harare Golf Club (RHGC), especially during the redevelopment phase of the club in the 1990s in the build-up towards September 1998 when the august club held its centenary celebrations.

“JB” enjoyed unbroken membership of RHGC for just over 34 years after becoming a member on January 27, 1986. I joined RHGC in February 1984 and, during my three-year stint as the Club’s captain from 2002 to 2005, “JB” was instrumental in securing the services of the legendary Wales and British & Irish Lions scrum-half, Gareth Owen Edwards, as guest of honour and speaker at the Captain’s Dinner which I hosted in 2002.

It was arguably the largest and most well-attended Captain’s Dinner ever held at RHGC on account of the fact that Edwards was one of the most prestigious and riveting after-dinner speakers in sporting circles worldwide.

Incidentally, Edwards got knighted for his services to sport and charitable causes in Queen Elizabeth’s Birthday Honours List in 2015. The truth of the matter is that, if it wasn’t for Bredenkamp’s abiding passion for and commitment to RHGC and Zimbabwe, there is simply no way that Sir Gareth Edwards would have graced us with his presence at that memorable dinner because the club would not have been able to afford his fee and associated costs.

My sincere condolences go to John Bredenkamp’s son Gavin and his family.

Muchadeyi Ashton Masunda:
Captain: Royal Harare Golf Club (June 1, 2002-May 31, 2005); and
president: Royal Harare Golf Club (June 1, 2012-May 31, 2015).

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    Ndebele 3 months ago

    We would also like to consider the fact that JB was a sanctions buster for Ian Smith and then simply became a corrupt agent for Zanu in many dealings – apart from being an arms dealer. So, the corruption actually started under the Smith Regime but was perfected by Zanu who too it all to a new level. JB was involved at every level including supporting the Fast Track Land Reform – knowing full well that JB’s properties were safe as he was a Trasured Zanu Son. It is alleged that Mugabe himself asked JB why he supported the RF Government and he openly said “the money was good.” Mugabe was quite happy with that and in turn used JB’s skills in the DRC. So we can trace the woes of the country right back to the 11th November, 1965 and JB himself. 55 years on the works of JB, Smith and Mugabe live on in a totally corrupt Government that only thinks of self enrichment. The USA did not apply sanctions to JB for nothing?

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    MILES R ANDERSON 3 months ago

    Is this some sort of sick joke?

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    Harper 3 months ago

    Gone with the Wind. Zimbabwe’s Rhett Butler

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    Dr Ace Mukadota PhD 3 months ago

    Simple question – Did Bredenkamp ever complete a ZW tax return comrades ?
    I doubt if even 1 per cent of his wealth is in ZW – all safely tucked away in tax free Switzerland