Boeta Cassiem during the Newlands Cricket Ground farewell to ice cream vendor Boeta Cassiem at Cape Newlands Cricket Ground on 19 May 2021 © Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

Sucker to keep you wakker! RIP Boeta Cassiem

16 September 2021 – Western Province Cricket Association paid tribute to legendary ice-cream seller Moegamat ‘Boeta’ Cassiem who sadly passed away on Thursday morning after a long illness.

Affectionately known by all, Boeta Cassiem, worked at Six Gun Grill Newlands for over 55 years and was a favourite with patrons and players alike.

Just a few months ago, a ceremony was held at Six Gun Grill Newlands to honour Mr Cassiem’s service to the stadium and supporters which have been such a huge part of, not only his, but his family’s life for over half a century, with a permanent plaque unveiled in the Oaks Grass Embankment in his honour.

WPCA CEO Michael Canterbury led the tributes: “Boeta Cassiem’s memory will forever be etched into the history of this famous ground. His infectious personality resonated with locals as well as international supporters and his passing will leave a huge hole in the overall match-day experience. Our sincere condolences to the family at this very sad time.”

WPCA President Ashraf Burns: “Thank you Boeta Cassiem for all the special memories, you brought the heart to Newlands and we will forever remember you for your contribution. You will be dearly missed. May the Almighty grant him a high stage in Paradise and grant contentment to his family and friends.”

Six Gun Grill WP Acting Head Coach Faiek Davids: “It was a wonderful occasion when we had the opportunity to pay tribute to Boeta Cassiem earlier this year, with his loving family in attendance as well.

“It was said at the time that Boeta Cassiem was the best brand ambassador Newlands has had or will ever have, that will forever ring true. On behalf of all the players and team management, thank you to Mr Cassiem’s family for sharing their father and grandfather with us for so many years and we wish them love and strength during this time.”

The Six Gun Grill WP and Gbets Rocks teams stood for a minute’s silence before today’s T20 practice match between the two sides at Six Gun Grill Newlands.

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