Farewell to Preacher

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Date 29 January 2021

We bid one of our venue hosts, Peter “Preacher” Jacobs, a happy and peaceful retirement after being an important cog in Century City’s security operations for the past 21 years.

Preacher started his career as a security officer in Canal Walk Shopping Centre before being promoted to senior inspector.  In 2003, when an opportunity arose to join the Century City Property Owners’ Association as a venue host, he embraced the role and never looked back.

“I love my job, I love the people and I love working in the outdoors, in the fresh air.” Says Preacher. “No day is the same! When I get up in the morning, I am excited to go to work, not knowing what the day will bring.’’

Over and above his core responsibility of keeping Century City safe and secure for all its stakeholders, Preacher is often required to go the extra mile.

One event that stands out in his mind, was when he received the call that a pregnant woman at the taxi rank was complaining of cramps.  He rushed through to find the woman in labour.  With perceptiveness and speed, Preacher managed to assist the woman and successfully delivered the baby prior to the ambulance’s arrival.

Then there was the incident when an inebriated driver came speeding through Century City from the Bosmansdam Road gate, lost control of the vehicle at the second circle near Liberty Life and plunged into the canal.

“On the way the driver had knocked over one of our traffic cones which was lodged under the vehicle, leaving a trail on the road. These were the days before we had such extensive CCTV coverage, so we followed the trail and found the car in the water. We called for backup before jumping into the water to try and rescue the driver, but sadly the driver passed away at the scene.”

A level 3 first-aider, Preacher has assisted in saving more than a few lives through CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation). “I stopped counting after 20 in terms of the number of people from all walks of life I helped save at the taxi rank, bus stops, homes and offices within the precinct.  But I have not lost count of the ones we were not able to save despite every possible effort having been made, which is a very sad six.”

“Preacher is a take-charge type of person that always took the lead during an emergency.” Says Marinus Boshoff, Safety & Security Manager at Century City Property Owners' Association.  “While Century City is going to miss his dedication and cheerful smile, we wish Preacher all the best in his well deserved retirement.”