Burger was well-known in South African agriculture and befriended many a farmer and agri-leader. He was also a sought-after speaker and supporter of the Agricultural Writers of SA. “He always tackled projects with great enthusiasm, especially with the Western Cape branch of the Agricultural Writers of SA, and he’ll be sorely missed,” said chairperson Adéle Engelbrecht.
Burger retired a few years ago but was recently again involved with a new agriculture project with his old employer. “Schalk for a long time had the responsibility of building Old Mutual’s value proportion in the agriculture market. He always did it with total commitment and passion and made a huge difference. He enriched his co-workers’ lives and his contribution is genuinely appreciated,” said Koos Nel, head of Old Mutual Agri Mark.
Burger, from Welgelegen in Cape Town, is survived by his wife, Ina and three sons, Jaco, Roux and Schalk. His funeral is planned for tomorrow (1 August) at 3pm at the NG Kerk Parow, 47 La Provence Road, in Welgelegen.