Politicians, property developers and friends have reacted with shock and sadness to the death of prominent businessman Gordon Hibbert, who was at the forefront of huge developments such as Zimbali, the Point Waterfront, Riverhorse and Umhlanga.
He died of cancer on Sunday provoking a flood of condolences, according to an article in The Mercury newspaper.
Tongaat Hulett Development director Ken Forbes said he was extremely saddened. “Gordon was MD of the Tongaat Hulett property operations for 27 years, and over that time he led the team responsible for the development of the North Durban area, which has become one of the prime investment areas in South Africa.
“He held leadership roles in Operation Jumpstart, the South African Property Owners Association and the Council for the Environment. He will be sorely missed and our condolences go out to his family.”
Hibbert was born in Pietermaritzburg in 1946. He was educated at Glenwood High School, Durban and the University of Natal (BComm) and went on to become a chartered accountant.
Directorships included Moreland Estates/Tongaat-Hulett Properties (MD), Tongaat-Hulett and Durban Investment Promotion Agency.
Hibbert leaves his wife, Jeanetta, a son and daughter.