Wednesday, 20 October, 2021


Fundraiser for restaurant manager after accident

Kelly van de Merwe (28), the manager Picasso’s Mexican Taqueria in White River, is in critical condition in Mediclinic in Nelspruit after suffering serious injuries in a car crash last week. The accident happened on the dirt road near Pine Lake Inn.

The accident happened on the dirt road near Pine Lake Inn.
Kelly’s partner, Jaco, was also in the accident but was discharged from hospital the morning after the accident.

Kelly injuries include a burst bladder, a pelvis broken in two places and a broken nose.

Kelly van der Merwe

She had an emergency operation on her bladder on Sunday night as there was a blockage, and her kidneys were starting to fail. The operation was a success, the blockage was removed and two tears to her bladder were repaired.

“Kelly still needs an operation on her broken pelvis as well as rehabilitation after the operation. The medical bills are expected to be as high as R500 000,” says Lyn Davis, a friend of the family. The family does not have a medical aid.

Dale Campbell Haysom, Kelly’s brother-in-law, set up a fundraising page to help raise money to pay the medical bills.

Members of the community who would like to donate can visit

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