Updated: Jan 26, 2022
Andrew John Layman born in Durban on 26 November 1944 passed away peacefully on the 16 October 2021, in Hi1ton, KZN aged seventy-six.
He will always be remembered for his commanding personality, his deep booming voice and his caring heart. Andrew was a positive influence and enriched the lives of all those who were fortunate enough to know him. He was a role model and was highly respected for his inclusive and mentoring management style.
Andrew attended Durban High School (1958-1961) and went on to attain a Bachelors of Arts degree in English, History and Geography and a University Education Diploma from the University of Natal. He was passionate about education and went on to obtain a Masters degree M.Com (Leadership) at the University of Natal at the age of sixty-six.
Andrew started his career as a teacher and later head of department of Glenwood High School (1967-1982). He went on to become the Deputy Headmaster of Maritzburg College (1983-1985), and Head Master of Alexandra High School (1986-1997).
Andrew was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business (1997-2011) and then the Chief Executive Officer of the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry (2011-2015). He went on to become a highly respected consultant at SAPOA KZN, Catalyx Consulting and Strategic Urban Management. He was a well-known regular columnist (2003 - 2014) for The Mercury newspaper writing articles on contemporary business, education and societal affairs. Andrew was an avid cricketer going on to coach and umpire.
Andrew was husband to Valerie (deceased 2008) and a loving father to four children. Amanda, David, Guy and Olivia and five grandchildren Cayden, Cameron, Christian, Rafa and Theo.