BUSA notes with shock and sadness the passing of Rob Leigh on Thursday (1st July 2021) night.
We express our sincere and heartfelt condolences to Rob’s family, his wife Kathryn and children India and Tommy, as well as his colleagues.
Rob served as Chairman and Senior Partner at Bowmans, where he served since 1986.
Our most recent interaction with Rob was in the last 15 months or so, before his illness, in the work business has been doing, with social partners, to manage the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Rob selflessly volunteered his time, expertise, and experience to work with Business for SA (BSA) in its efforts to work with social partners, including government, to limit the economic and human impact of the virus. Rob played a leading role in discussions and engagements on the Temporary Employment Relief Scheme (TERS) for employees to cushion the severe impact of job losses because of the pandemic. He was also instrumental in leading discussions on relief for employers that suffered severe losses because of the lockdowns. Rob’s expertise, experience and sheer determination and commitment were critical to processes to expedite payment of funds and efficiency of processes.
Rob was a true South African patriot. His dedication, commitment, passion, and expertise to bring relief to employees and employers during the pandemic was an example for all of us working in that environment.
Rob will be missed!
Business Unity SA CEO