A great loss for Scouting and the South African steel industry

Cecil reddyIt is with great sadness that SCOUTS South Africa announces the passing away on Monday 1/9/2014 of Cecil Reddy whom for many years gave his time and expertise to the South African Scouting Movement. Mr Reddy was the Chief Executive of MacDonald Holdings in Durban.

Cecil Reddy joined SCOUTS South Africa as an adult and was actively involved in the growth of our Scouting Movement. He was passionate about the importance of the Scouting values for future leaders and embraced the skills taught to thousands of children and youths nationwide. For many years he was a member of the National Scout Council and served as the Finance Committee Chairman. Currently, as a Trustee of the Scout Foundation which holds in trust the investments of SCOUTS South Africa, he contributed to the sustainability of Scouting in our country. In 2007 he was welcomed as a Baden Powell Fellow, a distinguished order reserved for those selected people who serve Scouting.

Mr Reddy worked as the Sales Director of MacDonald Steel SA (Pty) Limited for over two decades until acquiring the company in 1992. As the Chief Executive he expanded the business into a South African diversified industrial group incorporating steel stockholding and distribution; heavy, light and precision engineering; automotive body fabrication; and pipe manufacturing. Under his management MacDonald Holdings grew from two divisions and 70 employees to 16 companies that employ more than 800 people. He served as a Director on all the companies that comprise Macdonald Holdings. Mr. Reddy was acknowledged as one of South Africa’s astute business leaders and, at 29, was the youngest mayor ever elected in the country.

Cecil Reddy was an example to many in the Scouting Movement and his passing will be greatly felt. “On behalf of the Scout Board, the Chief Scout Mr Sibusiso Vilane, all our Commissioners and uniformed and non-uniformed members we express our appreciation to the family for the contribution Mr Reddy made to Scouting and promise to emulate his commitment to uphold values in the movement” said Prof B Khumalo, Chairman of the National Scout Board. MAY HE REST IN PEACE

SCOUTS South Africa is an independent, non-profit educational movement dedicated to the development of young people in achieving their full potential as individuals and responsible citizens. Central in this programme is a continuous transference of values such as honesty, loyalty, responsibility, respect; all aimed at governing individual behaviour and the development of strong leadership skills that will equip members to be of service to others and to their communities. With a membership of 308 000 members nationwide, of which most live in previously disadvantaged and impoverished areas, the Scouting Movement prepares generations of leaders and innovators.

More information: SCOUTS South Africa, Chief Executive Ms Milly Siebrits, Tel: 0216858420 and E-mail: ceo@scouting.org.za