Thread: Glenn Bee-K38 South Africa
11-25-2007, 05:55 AM #1
Glenn Bee-K38 South Africa
It is with great sadness and concern I write on behalf of our good friend Glenn and his family. Please pray for the families of Brian Crabb and Glenn Bee as the recovery process begins for these families.
Glenn is not only a well respected waterman, he is part of our family. Glenn will need all your prayers and well wishes as he recovers from a horrific accident, please keep him in your thought and send your well wishes to his wife Cathy, their daughter Jody and son Dean. K38-South Africa and all our friends and colleagues send our love and kindest regards.
'Ready guys? Let's do it!' Come on Glenn, just like getting ready for the Dungeons delights we so love...! I can see you grinning right now....getting ready to go into the pit, inspired!
Hit-and-run: 23-year-old man arrested
November 25 2007 at 09:11AM
By Clayton Barnes
A 23-year-old man was arrested in Fish Hoek late on Saturday on a charge of culpable homicide and reckless and negligent driving after a bakkie smashed into two cyclists near Kommetjie, killing one.
The man is due to appear in the Simon's Town magistrate's court on Monday. His arrest came as a result of police inquiries into a numberplate left lying in the road.
Scottish-born cyclist Brian Crabb, 35, was killed and his companion, veteran Cape Town surfer Glenn Bee, 57, was seriously injured.
'don't hit cyclists and just drive away. That's cowardly'
Late on Saturday, after hours of surgery, Bee was in a coma and his condition was described as critical.
A speeding white Isuzu bakkie hit Crabb and Bee while they were out training for next year's Cape Argus Pick 'n Pay Cycle Tour. The incident occurred just after 6am.
Witnesses said after the bakkie ploughed into the cyclists near Ocean View, the driver stopped a few metres on and - ignoring the two figures lying on the road - dragged a buckled bicycle from under his vehicle then drove off. His numberplate was left lying in the road.
Speaking to Weekend Argus at the Vincent Pallotti hospital in Pinelands on Saturday where Bee was undergoing emergency surgery, his wife Catherine said she was still in shock.
"I'm a compassionate person and I would have understood had it been an accident, but don't hit cyclists and just drive away. That's cowardly," said Bee.
'It was a horrifying sight'
Glenn Bee is one of South Africa's first tow-surfers, a sport in which jetskis tow the surfer into a big breaking wave. He is also an executive of Bee Painters and Waterproofers in Cape Town.
Crabb, a carpenter, had been living with the Bees in Kommetjie for 13 years. He wasn't a cyclist or a surfer, but decided to join Bee for the Cycle Tour next March.
Catherine Bee said Crabb's family had been informed. "We'll remain in contact until they decide what the next step is."
Jody Bee, 23, the Bees' older child, was shattered at the news of the accident.
"All we can do now is hope for the best, it could go any way," she said.
"My dad is such a fun guy and so safety conscious and now this happens. This is also not his first cycling accident. About six years ago he fell down the mountain with his bike and broke his collarbone.
"He's been through so much and has diabetes."
Bee's son, Dean, 21, is set to arrive from Denmark on Sunday "to be with the family".
Robert Bateman, a Noordhoek cyclist, witnessed the crash and called paramedics.
He had been cycling on the opposite side of the road and heard a big bang before seeing one of the bicycles fly through the air.
"It was a horrifying sight," said Bateman.
"The driver stopped about 150m from where the cyclists were hit, pulled one of the bikes from under his vehicle and sped off.
"The cyclist I was tending to had serious head injuries, while the other one had already died. I think he died on impact.
"I'm very angry and I hope this incident will once again highlight the plight of cyclists in the city. We are totally ignored on the roads. More respect is desperately needed."
Bateman said there was "no doubt" the motorist was travelling well over Kommetjie Road's 60km/h speed limit.
Surfing journalist Steve Pike, author of the new book Surfing South Africa, in which Bee features, said the incident was "terrible news".
"This is shocking," said Pike. "The irony of this is that Glenn faces some unbelievably life-threatening conditions in the surf, and now he's injured like this. My condolences to his family. Our prayers are with them."
David Bellairs of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust and organiser of the Cycle Tour lashed out at irresponsible motorists, saying they needed to be more tolerant on the roads.
He said an increasing number of cyclists had begun preparing for the Cape Argus Pick 'n Pay Cycle Tour on routes across the city.
"It's important for motorists to drive responsibly," he said.
Glenn Bee is pictured on the right of the photo
r-l Pierre du Plessis, me, NICO, Greg Bertish, Ross Lindsay
Red Bull Big Wave Africa water safety team...
11-26-2007, 02:24 AM #2
Glenn Bee teaching a K38 course, on the 'rubber ducky' overview for the Tow Surfing South Africa association and the Red Bull Big Wave Africa 2004
Ross Lindsay just sent me an update from South Africa. The news is not promising, as of 8:36am South African time on Monday, Glenn is unresponsive and taken a negative turn. Pierre du Plessis asks that we all pray throughout the day for a miracle.
Glenn is a soul-dier, please keep him and his family in your thoughts today during this very difficult time.
11-26-2007, 02:45 AM #3
11-26-2007, 05:11 AM #4
thank you hydro.........
He just drove off, say witnesses
November 26 2007 at 09:26AM
By Caryn Dolley
While a critically injured Kommetjie cyclist is being treated in hospital after the hit-and-run accident that claimed his friend's life, a man thought to be the driver of the bakkie that struck the pair is expected to appear in the Simon's Town magistrate's court on Monday.
A white Isuzu bakkie smashed into Brian Crabb, 35, and Glenn Bee, 57, while the pair were cycling near Ocean View on Saturday.
Crabb died on impact and Bee was seriously injured.
Police spokesperson Randall Stoffels said on Sunday that a Fish Hoek man, 24, had been arrested hours after the crash. He faced charges of culpable homicide and reckless and negligent driving.
He said Bee, a Big Wave surfer, was in a critical condition in Vincent Pallotti Hospital.
Witnesses had seen the man get out of his bakkie after the accident, remove a bicycle trapped under his vehicle, and drive off.
Crabb was born in Scotland and lived in Fish Hoek.
Bee is co-owner of BEE Painters and Waterproofers, which he established with his brother, Russ, about 25 years ago.
11-26-2007, 05:11 AM #5
11/25/2007 - 12:09 - Hellwoman IP = 18.104.22.168
Glenn you are a great friend to have in life, I trust the Lord will lead you back to health and your family...God bless you bru!
11/25/2007 - 14:12 - Jordy Smiths family - Durban IP = 22.214.171.124
Glenn, although we dont know you personally...you are in our thoughts and prayers at this time...and wishing you a speedy recovery...
...also heartfelt sympathy and condolences to Brian's family and friends. God Bless you all.
11/25/2007 - 14:29 - Tracey Bradley IP = 126.96.36.199
Cath,Jodie and Dean our thoughts and prayers are with you and with Glenn. Our sympathy and condolences to Brian's family. With love.
11/25/2007 - 15:26 - Duncan Scott IP = 188.8.131.52
This is one of the saddest things I have ever had to read...Condolences to Brian's family and to Cath, Jodi and Dean. While any accident is tragic, this one hurts even more because of the callousness of the young driver, who's thoughtless actions have taken one precious life and put Glenn's in great jeopardy. Whenever I have run into Glenn in Kommetjie he has always been so inspiring in his energy, positivity and generosity of spirit - a truly special human being. I hope and pray that he will make a full recovery and we'll see him out at Sunset again soon.
11/25/2007 - 16:08 - Jack Aaron & Lolita IP = 184.108.40.206
We are thinking of you Cath, Jodi and Dean.. Glenn is in our hearts, we have always loved him.. He is so special and was so kind to our family. We live in Canada, and remember how much we love Glenn,
We pray for a full recovery.... Our thoughts are with you.Jack Lolita Aaron and family...
11/26/2007 - 00:39 - John Bromley IP = 220.127.116.11
Glenn, You are the best bru and surf buddy anyone could have-an inspiration to all of us. You are in God's Hands and we are all praying for your complete recovery.Matt and I had such a wonderful time with you in cooking J bay last week. Cath Jodi and Deanie we love you.
11/26/2007 - 03:46 - David, Fiona, Tarryn and Bronwyn Chudleigh IP = 18.104.22.168
Dear Cathy,Jodi and Dean, our thoughts and prays are with you and Glenn. Our condolences to Brian's Family.
11/26/2007 - 04:02 - Angels IP = 22.214.171.124
Glenn, we are praying for your miracle.
You have been ours for quite a while, always a smile, a warm heart, a kind word, always living your life in love, you are a great spirit, we wait for you and God's blessing upon you and the family my friend...
11-26-2007, 05:35 AM #6
BEE Painters and Waterproofers Celebrates 25 Years
This year, BEE Painters & Waterproofers celebrates its 25th Anniversary. After 25 years, one would expect a company to have increased in size, to have expanded its market and to have established national and perhaps even international offices. But this is a company that is proud to be a South African Small Medium Enterprise (SME) operating from the Western Cape.
While others believe success is measured in size, BEE Painters & Waterproofers believe that their company's success is measured through quality. From its inception the focus of the company has been on delivering quality service and maintaining a high standard of workmanship. Managing the growth of the company has been a key factor in achieving this goal. This strategy has enabled what the company defines as real growth and empowerment.
While the term "BEE" has become a "buzzword" (excuse the pun) and is the acronym for "Black Economic Empowerment", the company name is derived from the family who established it 25 years ago - brothers Glenn and Russ Bee, along with Cindy Bee (Russ's spouse). Coincidentally, the company colors (Black, Green and Yellow) also has no political significance. Despite, this the company defined "empowerment" as a strategic ethos that has shaped the company, particularly over the last 13 years.
Glenn Bee explains, "We felt we had reached our peak 13 years ago when it came to developing the business and we decided to share our achievements and responsibilities with our loyal staff members. After having long discussions with the relevant institutions such as the Building Industry Council and the workers union, we then embarked on training staff members."
A pilot program was initiated which included providing the trainee with technical support, mentorship in basic business skills, management of the end-to-end operations, training on different products and their application. Over the years since, the company has trained close to 80 staff members. With the skills they have learned, former staff members are now operating their own businesses and embark on projects with the company. "They have realised the value of investing in their own business", says Glenn, adding that they work harder at completing a project within time, on budget and to the quality standards set, knowing that in doing so, they realise increased revenue and profit.
The company believes that this is what the spirit of the law is about and that true empowerment involves knowledge transfer and job creation. Unlike other companies, this company is prepared to maintain its size, if it means better management of quality and if others are able to share in the growth. Over the last twelve months, the company has been in the process of formalising its training program and its BEE strategy. This work and negotiations to include further empowerment at the ownership level is now in its final phases which will see an even stronger focus on both broad-based "Black Economic Empowerment" and "Knowledge Empowerment".
As professionals in the field of domestic, commercial and industrial painting, waterproofing, floor coatings and small building alterations, the company has a proven capability to develop technical knowledge and specialist skills. Projects are carried out by a competent team. A most valued asset of the company is a loyal customer base. Their customer database boasts individuals and companies that have been with the company for many years and who keep the company occupied for long periods of time. The company maintains that this achievement has been in part due to the great emphasis on the quality of work and also in part due to the "right attitude" towards clients and staff members.
The customer focus and relationship management maintained by the company has been etched from its humble beginnings in 1980. Nothing is taken for granted. When the business was first established, the owners were faced with many challenges, as they did not have appropriate offices and transportation. As Glenn relates, "Because we had no transportation at the time, we would transport our equipment by bus and would support the long step ladders on the bus windows, as they could not fit in the bus."
Today, the company owns a fleet of vehicles and its own premises in Kloof Street, Tamboerskloof, Cape Town. It also operates a branch in Durbanville. The company undertakes jobs in other parts of the country, recently completing projects in Pretoria and Bloemfontein spanning 3 and 7 months respectively. The company also provides specialist services in niche markets such as the film industry.
Most of the staff members have been with the company for many years. Staff members include Brendan Swartz who heads the waterproofing, roofing and commercial painting division. Fred Lottering is the Road Supervisor. Back office staff include Cindy Bee (Chief Accountant), Olive Brown (Bookkeeper), Tawfeeeqah Abrahams (Office Manageres and PA to Russ), Nazli Ameer (Office Assistant), Eric Nini (Store Manager) and Jodi Bee (Marketing and Promotions).
BEE Painters & Waterproofers are committed to providing a quality service. With numerous satisfied customers who can testify to its service excellence, the company looks forward to the years ahead and will continue to strive to build great customer relationships and optimum service delivery.
12-03-2007, 02:30 AM #7
Glenn Bee Update December 2nd
Dear Friends in the World of Water,
Our dear lifesaver, towsurfer, friend and general good spirit, Glenn Bee from South Africa is coming around from the accident.
Please continue to pray as he reconnects with his healing process. The family, friends, and colleagues we have in South Africa, stand united with us in his recovery, continue the prayers, that positive energy is the best ingredient for healing!
And considerations for Brian Crabb's family as his funeral has probably just taken place, and in his memory.
Cathy is a tower of strength at this time and is a great encouragement to all of us, Jodie and Dean are also strong, along with Cathy,Jodie Dean and the rest of the family we continue to trust God for Glenn's recovery.
Gods grace is sufficient for us/him and it has been amazing to see how God is using this situation to bring people together and change lives forever.
On Saturday Cathy asked Kerry and Myself to come and talk to Glenn, although this was difficult at times it was also amazing to see our mate and chat to him again, I had several responses where Glenn squeezed my hand in responce to various things we were chatting to him about.
Glenn's condition is stable, the swelling of his head has come down a lot, he has a large gash in his groin which requires surgery, not sure when they will do this, his colour is good he is definitly responding to stimulation and voice which is totally awesome.
We hope this week that he will wake up from this deep sleep and continue to strengthen from there, Glenn could be in hospital for another few weeks even a month and from there further recovery, so its going to be a long road but it is definitly looking positive at this stage.
Cathy and family really appreciate all the support and Prayer and we ask that you all continue to do so for Glenn and his family.
Aloha ! to all the Surfing Bro's out there
Pierre du Plessis
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12-03-2007, 02:39 AM #8
That is great news. It sounded pretty dire at first. Did they say if he was awake, and coherent at all?
12-03-2007, 02:47 AM #9
No, he's still in critical, but he is squeezing hands, that's about it. That is a HUGE improvment as he was on the precipice of life.
You do not know this person, but I will tell you that you can imagine this about him:
A man who makes you feel welcome by his genuine soulful connection with you as a person, Glenn makes everyone feel comfortable, welcome, warm, loved and cared for, and it usually takes under two minutes. He has the spirit of a guardian mixed with that agape love you hear so much about but may not understand the essence. He is a pure good soul. His family matches his aura. I love these people so much. He helps others and stands firm in truth. I have met thousands of people, but this Glenn Bee is a rare gem.
I too am so thrilled to hear that he has 'movement'...that is really big right now....Glenn has a tough road ahead, he will thrive off the blessings people send his way, this I know...
12-03-2007, 02:07 PM #10
Had wonderful news that yesterday that Glenn has been squeezing hands of many family and friends over the last 2 days or so He even responded to the doc's pulling out his chest hairs!!
I spoke to the resident Orthopaedic surgeon who is a friend of mine and has worked on my knees and he said the speI am a spammerts were happy with his condition and that his swelling was coming down and signs of recovery were looking good.
He has a gash in his groin and another under his arm but they will sort those out later once he comes round.
Lots of prayers, good waves and light are being sent to him by many people whose hearts he has touched over the years
p.s. I worked with Grant Spooner last week on a film shoot using my PWC to drag a shark model around the Granger bay area for a fishing scene. Grant sends his regards and is as crazy as ever and also very disturbed by Glenns condition.
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