Maimane passes away
South African Rugby was shocked on Thursday when one of its most popular members, Peter Malome Maimane passed away after a short illness.
Maimane, who was the Springboks technical adviser between 2007 and 2011, and part of the management team of Springbok coach Peter de Villiers, apparently suffered an attack on Tuesday, according to his brother Joe.
“We found him on Tuesday with blood in his mouth, and we took him to hospital. The scan showed bleeding on the brain, but we don't know what happened. He passed away this morning and we are now waiting the autopsy to find out what happened.,” Joe told supersport.com.
Maimane was a popular man in both Pretoria and SA Rugby circles, and also served as the team manager to the Golden Lions in 2007. Among the many posts he held, included team manager for the SA under-19 and under-21 teams at the IRB Junior World Championships.
A jovial team man, Maimane always was friendly alongside the field, cracking jokes with journalists and players, and was an integral part of the Bok team management.
As a player he rose out of his club surroundings in Mamelodi to represent the Blue Bulls at age-group levels and in the Currie Cup, and later progressed to coaching a number of junior teams as well. Maimane was the coach the Blue Bulls team that won the last SA Cup competition in 2003 and went on to be technical adviser of the Bulls Super Rugby team.
He leaves behind three young children.
SARU have been informed of his passing and will release a statement shortly.