Kevin Kenneth “Goldcup” Callis
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Kevin Kenneth "Goldcup" Callis


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Kevin Kenneth fondly known as “GoldCup” Callis was born on 31 July 1976 to the late Leonard John “L.J” Callis and Doris Callis in Sydenham, Kwazulu-Natal. He attended his primary school at Mariannridge Primary School and proceeded to matriculate at Bechet High School.

He obtained his National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering at the the Technikon Pretoria.

He served as an engineering professional at ABB, Conco, PB Power and Roshcon. He was extremely passionate about contracts, design, electrification and all things powerlines. He completed his second year of LLB at UNISA and thereafter fancied himself an esteemed lawyer.

He met the love of his life, “his wife, his beautiful wife”, Neo in 1995 and married her in 2005. They have been blessed with three amazing children, Libya, Azaria and Cuba.

Kevin has impacted so many people, through his love, his presence, his food, his gigantic presence and giving heart.

He went to be with God on 6 October 2021.

He will always, always be remembered for his silly dance moves, the jokes, and of course the “Kevin” tracksuit.

He also leaves behind one sister, one brother, six sisters-in-law, four brothers-in-law the brotherhood and a whole community of loved ones.

We are letting you go, in the full knowledge and trust that you rest will the Lord and that you will rise in eternal glory with the angels. Rest now. Rest.

Rest well Mthimkhulu. Lala Callis o muhle, Callis o mhlophe, Callis ndoda.

You will be forever loved. Never to be missed because you will be always be present, just in a different form.


  • Nhlanhla Mleya
    Posted at 14:49h, 11 October Reply

    Mfana I’m feeling the pain I’m lost of words I will miss so many things about u so many things but u were such a good friend more than anything but a brother.

  • Sambuca
    Posted at 15:31h, 11 October Reply

    Hail Monitor.! You will be missed Zulu boy.

  • Tau Thekiso
    Posted at 15:42h, 11 October Reply

    My deepest condolences to you Neo. May God give you strength to take care of your children. A lost to us, is a gain to God. May his soul rest in peace.

  • Natasha Meyers
    Posted at 16:45h, 11 October Reply

    To Neo and the kids my deepest condolences to you 😢, I pray for peace and comfort during this difficult time. May God wrap his arms around you and the family.

    Kevin was my mentor and friend.. Will always be grateful for his teachings, love and kindness. GOD has inherited an angel.

  • folakemi Brown-Emodi
    Posted at 17:47h, 11 October Reply

    I pray the love and peace of God comfort you Neo and the kids at this time. May He give you strength and grace for the days ahead and may the love for Kevin bring smiles to your faces.
    God bless and keep you, now and always.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 17:57h, 11 October Reply

    My family has lost a jewel. Kevin was not a mokgonyana ,but a son,nephew,grandson and brother to my grandchildren. You will be dearly missed, especially at family gatherings where you were always hands-on, making sure that every visitor is taken care of. You have left indelible footprints in our lives May you find comfort in the hands of the most high, the almighty God who has chosen you to join his angels in heaven. To Neo and children, ‘be strong, for God has promised never to leave you nor forsake you. Psalm 147:3and 4.

  • Koko Mabel
    Posted at 18:00h, 11 October Reply

    My family has lost a jewel. Kevin was not a mokgonyana ,but a son,nephew,grandson and brother to my grandchildren. You will be dearly missed, especially at family gatherings where you were always hands-on, making sure that every visitor is taken care of. You have left indelible footprints in our lives May you find comfort in the hands of the most high, the almighty God who has chosen you to join his angels in heaven. To Neo and children, ‘be strong, for God has promised never to leave you nor forsake you. Psalm 147:3and 4.

  • william mahlaku
    Posted at 18:13h, 11 October Reply

    Rest in peace my brother you were more than a colleague you were a mentor and a friend. I will miss your advises and our long phone calls.

    It still feels unreal that you are no more. So many memories comes to mind.
    To sis Neo and Kids I know how much they meant to you I wish them strength.

    Condolences to your family , friends and to everyone you’ve touched with your beautiful and joyful character. May God bless and heal us all 🙏🏿

    Go well legend.

  • Mamogolo Rinkie
    Posted at 19:24h, 11 October Reply

    Where do I even begin. My beloved brother, the one who knew me as a big sister and embraced me and my kids with more than just love. Rest and fare thee well my dearest. U r more than 1 in a mil and a very rare species. You lived and loved life. Moreover, I know u still and will forever do. Thank God for bringing you in to our lives and for you loving us unconditionally. I know you luv Neo n your Pumpkin, Princess and My son as you called them. I don’t even have words to express because that’s not enough, actually I need to write a book about you. Thank you always and forever. I know u r happy, dancing, laughing and when u done u will be seating in a heavenly meeting, strategizing with pen and paper in hand. When relaxing, u will be having your Miller and smokes. Eish Dede!

  • Mmane Margy Ledwaba
    Posted at 20:56h, 11 October Reply

    As we prepare to bid our son,husband, father, brother and friend farewell, let’s focus on God. Before creation God new that a son by name of Kevin will be born to the Callis family.  He new that growing up he will meet our beautiful daughter and make her his wife. He also new that they will have beautiful clever children in a short space of time. God gave Kevin the wisdom to put all his faith in Him. He raised his children into intellectuals, obedient, humble and God fearing young stars. He so much loved his family that he taught his wife and children to always think out of the box. Neo, bringing Kevin into our family was a great move. God chose a loving and caring husband and father to you and your little ones. You have to thank God for the years he borrowed him to you. This was done to show you and the world that there is something called perfect, unconditional love. Kevin loved you more than the world. Your house was always full of fun, love and laughter. With Kevin there was no dull moment. We as Ledwaba’s family we are so grateful for your husband’s presence in our lives. His energy, laughter, love and assistance will be dearly missed. It’s time for him to go back to his creator and have a perfect rest. May the angels sing the songs of praise as they welcome his beautiful soul. God knew even before creation that he will be back home at a very young age. Humba ghahle my beloved son. ♥

  • Lesego Legobye
    Posted at 02:51h, 12 October Reply

    Ohh Neo….I do not think any amount of words nor time will ever bring healing to tour broken 💕. I pray for you Neo and the kids that you lean on the Higher Power to pull you through…because o gomotsa ba ba kgobegileng maikutlo. 💜💐🌺

  • Ditlhashana Cecilia Ratlabyane
    Posted at 04:37h, 12 October Reply

    Cecilia Ratlabyane
    As a best friend to Neo I Met Kevin Callis 1995 .what a caring father to his kids and loving husband to Neo. He became a perfect puzzle to the Lodi family 👪❤💕
    I remember when I was pregnant the care afforded to me by this guy 👦and he didn’t even had one of his own at that time.

    May the good Lord easy the Lodi & Callis family pain.
    To me it feels like I just dropped him at the airport and Kevin is on the other side of the glass I can’t touch him , I can’t speak to him I can only wave….it hurts so bad…

  • Ditlhashana Cecilia Ratlabyane
    Posted at 04:42h, 12 October Reply

    I can never say to the bereave family I know how you feel, this is unique… This too shall pass away not anytime soon though but it shall be well family 🙏🙌💔💖💝

  • Joseph Ilome
    Posted at 05:41h, 12 October Reply

    To live in the hearts of those who love you is not to die. Mr Kevin you were and would always be a great man. You will be dearly missed. I pray for the entire Callis Family, that God would strengthen you physically and emotionally. Kevin took an Angelic form so as to keep watch over his family and loved ones at all times. Rest on Champion till we meet again on the other side.

  • Felix Motsiri
    Posted at 06:55h, 12 October Reply

    Sincere condolences to Neo, children and the entire Kallis Family. May the good Lord be with you in this difficult time. 🙏

  • Sazi& Ayanda Mdluli
    Posted at 07:02h, 12 October Reply

    I don’t even know where to start Kevin🥺🥺. Sazi and I are so hurt by your sudden passing. It feels like a nightmare that I will still wake up from. Rest well Goldcup wethu. Lala uphumule Callis. Great Makhala and Doris for us

    Posted at 08:13h, 12 October Reply

    Words seldomly fail me and I found myself asking God so many questions since you left us. With each passing day and reflecting on your life, the answers are right in front of us. Kev, you lived a life so full, a life of pure unconditional love, a life filled with so much laughter and fun and genuine foolery that had us constantly cracking up, a life filled with so much joy. You genuinely danced and laughed through your life to the tune of your own drum. I will miss your two left feet, your awkward yet hilarious jokes and pranks you played on everyone, your ability to never take yourself seriously and easily connected with literally anyone you crossed paths with, from the youngest baby to the elders, wherever you entered you just fit so effortlessly because you gave every human respect and showed humility. I will even miss that awful mbaqanga music you used to torture us with, yho mara Kevin, I could go on and on about all the times you literally saved me, from high jackings, to panic attacks to lizards on my bedroom wall, you literally came to the rescue me and no problem was ever too small or too big. I can always call on you and Neo. You guys are an extension of the support I grew up with with my mother, grandparents and siblings, so I can never see Kev as a brother in law but a true brother in every sense. We’ve danced, sung gospel songs out loud on random Sundays after you cooked the most delicious food, we’d have our Aunty Dudu and Kevin serious talks for hours on end and continued to learn from each other. Nna pelo yaka ebohloko hle, ke ilo sokela ke mang mo WhatsApp mara? We had our own jokes that no one even knew about. I have genuinely never met anyone like you and I feel so blessed to have you as a brother. God knew that this day would come and jam packed so many memories for your wife, children, family and friends to cherish. Keeping your spirit alive will be so easy because it lives in each and everyone of us. We all have some Kevin trait we picked up because you give of yourself so wholeheartedly and have been present in our lives with such intent. I love you my brother and I don’t think anything could have ever prepared us for this loss and God knew that so he left only the happiest memories for Neo and the kids. I was looking forward to my son experiencing you as a father figure, I knew that with great men like you, he would have the kind of guidance and love he requires to grow into the man I pray him to be. I am so happy that he got the little time he had in your presence and I know how much you loved him you even wanted to take him lol. May your beautiful soul Rest In Peace buti TSAKA. I always told you what an incredible human you are and I will continue to do so, I love you abuti tsaka now and forever.

  • Mishkah Roman-Cassiem
    Posted at 08:28h, 12 October Reply

    Dearest Neo
    I am so sorry for what you are going through. My heartfelt condolences on Kevin’s passing. I could not believe it when I heard about it. I know Kevin meant the world to you, Libya, Azaria and Cuba. May God’s grace and love console you during this time. All my love, Mishkah

  • Alastair Easton
    Posted at 09:19h, 12 October Reply

    Neo we are all thinking of you and your family at this incredibly difficult time. Reading through the other comments it is clear to see what a brilliant man Kevin was and how much he will be missed.

  • Pai
    Posted at 09:21h, 12 October Reply

    Dear Neo,
    My condolences to you and your family.
    Sending you light, love and my prayers.
    May you be comforted and filled with the peace of God.

  • Sana Ledwaba
    Posted at 09:52h, 12 October Reply

    Neo and the children,Words alone cannot be enough during this difficult times that you are going through.
    I remember the day i attended your wedding and the family knew that we definitely have found ourselves a brother .The way he loved being part of being in the family
    With every Ledwaba occasions, we all know Kevin was the bar man and it was non negotiable.Kevin you become part of the Ledwaba in a way that was so perfect to us,I for one will miss your curry and your jokes.
    God’s timing is the perfect timing.
    Neo be comforted knowing your best friend is with our Dear Lord and will forever be your Angel
    Rest Well Kevin,Ba lotje ghe monga lapho e khaya♥️

  • Dudu Magubane
    Posted at 10:50h, 12 October Reply

    Knowing you was joyful moment, so humble, respectful ungazigabisi. You had care and love. I still don’t want to believe you are gone it is just a nightmare 💔I do wish that you could have had more time with your babies and wife that you loved so much.I I just don’t know how your family will go on from here. God please grant them strength to go on and bind their hearts with a ribbon of the holy spirit baduduzeke. Hamba kahle mfowethu siyobonana kwelizayo.

  • Zola & Sicelo Ngeleza
    Posted at 13:58h, 12 October Reply

    Our deepest condolences to you Neo the kids and the entire family, may you all find solance in the knowledge that he is with God. Grant eternal rest unto him oh Lord, and let light pepertual shine upon him.

  • Pumla Shibambo
    Posted at 15:34h, 12 October Reply

    God had given , God has taken away. Nokuba kubuhlungu , praise be to Him who borrowed us the much loved Kevin Gold Cup.
    Neo , kids and family Modimo ke O . Hold on to the hem of His garment to get strength. God is always near those who are brokenhearted.
    Lalani ngenxeba.

  • Alice Blundell
    Posted at 16:27h, 12 October Reply

    Neo, I was so sorry to hear of your loss. Sending you condolences at this extremely difficult time.

  • Veliswa Mambi
    Posted at 17:55h, 12 October Reply

    Heartfelt condolences to Neo, her children and all their loved ones.May the Lord give you strength and comfort as the treasure of the beautiful memories continue to make you smile 😃.

  • Tsietsi Madibo
    Posted at 18:39h, 12 October Reply

    Kevin you were indeed a great and friendly gentleman. I remember how approchable you were back in the days at Roshcon and how you made efforts to ensure everyone around you is relaxed and have fun.

    Robala ka kgotso morena.

    Condolences to Mrs. Callis, the kids and family at large.

  • Mpho Mokgatla
    Posted at 19:06h, 12 October Reply

    Rest easy Kevin….🙏i will always remember the chats we had in TshiVenda.
    Your mastery of the African languages always left me speechless.
    Deepest condolences to your wife, kids, friends and family.

  • Mzwandile mgcina
    Posted at 19:23h, 12 October Reply

    Kevin rest in peace My brother you were such a beautiful soul, I know you laughing with the Angels

    Rest in peace my Brother

  • Tshepo Dikgale
    Posted at 19:27h, 12 October Reply

    Kevin Callis. The mentor, brother & friend. Thanks for sharing your light & impacting my life, I’m forever grateful. You’re gone but never forgotten. Deepest condolences to your wife & kids. May the Lord be their strength & comfort 🙏🏾

  • Layla Motaung
    Posted at 03:04h, 13 October Reply

    To my friend Libya, aunty Neo, Aza and Cuba. It breaks my heart honestly to have heard of uncle Kevin’s passing so abruptly.

    Of course it is not as though we know when anyone will leave us, but this was shocking and the last thing I was expecting to hear. Initially, it was shock and then I just felt my heart shatter for you guys.

    Your family is the definition of a loving, close-knit family. All of the WhatsApp statuses that Libya posted always made my heart smile and it brought so much joy to me seeing how you all related with one another(especially all of the dance videos lol).

    Uncle Kevin was such a fun guy man, I wish I had been there to experience all those moments of laughter but honestly Libya’s statuses made me feel like I was right there in the room.

    Even though Uncle Kevin is no longer with us, my prayer is that you all would continue to hold on to the beautiful memories you have of him and that you never forget how joyful he was, and hopefully that encourages you to be joyful too.

    We may never understand but God does, so I pray that Our Lord will comfort you in this time of mourning and sadness. May your mourning turn to dancing speedily.

    I love you guys always. And I’m grateful for the little time that I got to know uncle Kevin.

    To Aza and Cuba, always remember how much your dad loved you and allow his love to inspire you to love others. To Libya, I love you my friend and I’m here for you. To aunty Neo, although you may have lost the love of your life, remember that God is close to you and that you still have someone to talk to when you’ve had a bad day or when you just need to be loved.

    Again, I love you always my family!!!!

  • Wendy Nhlanhla Ntsila
    Posted at 10:57h, 13 October Reply

    We had a great working relationship with you a one opinionated colleague of mine at Roshcon. Your life was short on earth however well lived. Condolences to your Wife, kids and family. You will be missed RIP Mr Callis Sir.

  • Buti Tlhoaele
    Posted at 14:50h, 13 October Reply

    To the wife and kids and the rest of the family, condolences. He brought so much light and laughter and joy to you all amongst other things. We all knew how you as a family laughed and loved and had a great time together. In Kevin’s memory, continue being your best selves, he will continue to be proud of you all even in his physical absence. He remains with you in spirit and the memories will never go away. Rest well Kevin and thank you for making a sister a very happy wife and showing the kids what love from a dad and a man looks like.

  • Frangy
    Posted at 17:15h, 13 October Reply

    Disbelief was my first reaction when I heard of your passing. Concern and heartache for your wife – my niece Neo and children – was my next reaction. Thank you for your invaluable contribution in our lives. You certainly were like a son in the Ledwaba family and we will forever cherish that! Your smile, jokes and busyness always – to ensure all are comfortable is what I will remember you for. Go well, rest well, till we meet again

  • Annah Matea Maake
    Posted at 17:38h, 13 October Reply

    My brother. I don’t even know where to start. I am still shocked and lost for words. Rest in peace!

  • Sivu Paliso
    Posted at 18:04h, 13 October Reply

    We fondly called you Mr NEC! And we would laugh the moment you open your mouth to quote some NEC clauses in our work meetings.

    You had a clause for every argument , and you won them all!! Sometimes we wondered if you weren’t manufacturing some of these clauses mfethu 😂😂😂

    Am sure in heaven right now it’s all about quoting and learning some new clauses man!

    Not only you are proper project engineer , you are also a linguistic of note! Mr Khulumazonke easy like that!

    We will forever miss your smile, the bus drives, engineering designs , passion for Amakhosi and teaching us about different cultures!

    It is so sad, as colleagues sans friends we keep asking ourselves if this really is true. I wish there was Reverse clause to bring you back man,

    Condolences to your family Kev, We know how deeply and close you loved your family.

    Rest well Mfowethu!! Sobonana kwelizayo!

  • Anandi De Jonge
    Posted at 19:40h, 13 October Reply

    Dearest Callis Family

    We pray for comfort for each of you during this very difficult time. Kevin leaves behind a beautiful legacy not just in his family but his passion for life, his friends, mentoring people, and his strong beliefs. May you continue to entertain in heaven Kevin. We know you are resting softly in God’s arms.

    You ran your race well on earth, continue to run with passion along side Jesus and remember “Bob’s your uncle” 😊


  • Anonymous
    Posted at 00:34h, 14 October Reply

    Rest in eternal peace bro, May your family find solace through the Almighty. Neo & kids, condolences.

    From Yvonne

  • Joy Gaomphe
    Posted at 04:54h, 14 October Reply

    I met you and beautiful Neo in April at Eugenia’s birthday lunch and immediately felt like old friends. Your warmth, friendliness and humour brought such a cool vibe to the table. I can never forget the spark in your eyes when you and Neo fondly shared your love story and proudly showed me pictures of your beautiful kids ❤ Rest in peace my dear brother 🙏🏽❤ you were here..present and unforgettable.

  • Don Moloi
    Posted at 05:04h, 14 October Reply

    Warmest condolences to the family and friends. The Transmission Society has lost a giant. Most times misunderstood, but later one realises how Kevin’s intelligent thoughts were aligned. You wrote a book with your life Kev, it’s up to us how we going to use it. Lala kahle Mthimkhulu!💔

  • Cindy Sibiya Freese
    Posted at 05:36h, 14 October Reply

    Oh Goldcup where do I even start
    My childhood friend, you were more like a brother to me
    I’ll forever remember how you first welcomed me when I first moved in Pretoria
    it pains my heart that you’re no more
    till this day I’m in shock. You were such a great friend, brother and Father
    My condolences Neo and the kids❤️

  • Nicholas Maluleke
    Posted at 05:59h, 14 October Reply

    I met you as a colleague, little did i know that you will be more than a colleague to me, you became a reliable friend, a life advisor, my everyday work consultant and a brother whom it became easy to talk to. the way you were so family oriented you became my overnight role model and I was look up to you. I could write a book of your good life.
    Rest easy Mr Powerlines, My dictionary “there was nothing you did not know”. You played your role in this world n your positive contributions will forever be in my heart and in the hearts of all people you touched in your life journey.

  • Nosizwe Nokwe Macamo
    Posted at 06:14h, 14 October Reply

    Morning dearest Neo . Thinking of you and the children as you take Kelvin to his final resting place .He has left an indelible mark on the earth and no one knows that better than you and the children who felt his love and strength everyday . He will continue to be with you as a formidable Angel in Heaven ! May God continue to give you strength through this difficult time . May Kelvins beautiful Soul Rest in absolute Peace🙏🏾

  • Anisha
    Posted at 06:29h, 14 October Reply

    God grant his wife kids and family strength.May his soul rest in eternal peace and power.

  • Dineo
    Posted at 06:53h, 14 October Reply

    Our big brother , always bringing family together.will miss your beautiful soul and welcoming smile and hugs . It’s hard to accept that you are 😭😭😭😭. Gone too soon Go well Kevin , you will be missed dearly 💔💔.

  • Eugenia Moya
    Posted at 06:59h, 14 October Reply

    Oh, Neo, words fail me😥 Kevin was a great human being who had a special gift of positively touching everyone he came into contact with. A son, husband, friend, uncle and brother to so many of us. As we lay him to rest today, know that he will never be forgotten. His love for you, for his children, for his family and friends at large will live on. Rest easy uncle Kev, you were here, you lived purposefully and deliberately…. a true shining example of our time💛

  • Lwazikazi Thando Mtana
    Posted at 07:11h, 14 October Reply

    What a beautuful heart he has. O Kevin i cannot believe im writing this note sending my condolences to Madame and children. Kevin was indeed a God sent. To Neo and children may you be comforted during this time. Always draw your strength from Christ. Remember that u r never alone but the Spirit of the Living God is always with you. Still love you madame. Be strengthened. Love Lwazikazi

  • Nathan (Standard Bank)
    Posted at 07:33h, 14 October Reply

    I never met Kevin but always heard Neo speak of him with fondness and love. Kevin’s character traits and virtues were confirmed again in everyone’s words at the ceremony, recalled by everyone with beautiful, touching memories.
    Kevin’s passing will be felt beyond those who knew him, and his presence will live on.
    Lots of heart-felt love and comfort to Neo my sister and family.

  • Nokukhanya Makhaye
    Posted at 08:39h, 14 October Reply

    Go well “Mkhaya” as we fondly called each other. Sadness is an understatement. May Peace of Eternity be with you my Brother.

    Heartfelt Condolences to Family & Friends.

  • Nkono Makgaka
    Posted at 10:52h, 14 October Reply

    I only know u and ur wife as a young couple that loved and served God through ur ministry at Holy Cross with our teens. My babies loved u so much they told me straight they’d be following u guys to St Mary. I didn’t mind at all, as long as they were in God’s presence. I’m heart broken but I’m glad at the same time knowing u r in God’s arms right now. May u Rest in Peace my brother and Rise in Glory

  • Mariama Barry
    Posted at 11:33h, 14 October Reply

    My heartfelt condolences to Neo and the family.

  • Marije Versteeg Mojanaga
    Posted at 18:19h, 14 October Reply

    We still cant believe this is true, dear Neo. Kevin was such a kind and beautiful soul, always welcoming, warm and gentle. Your loving pillar and a fantastic father. A family man. We are heartbroken. He lives on, always, in your heart and through the children, He will always be around. May his soul rest in peace. Our deepest condolences

  • Mmane Maryjane
    Posted at 20:12h, 14 October Reply

    Neo I am down really.It’s with heartfelt to send this sincere condolence.May mighty hand of Jehovah hold. Ur family through out.Kevin was a pillar to his in-laws and families May he rest until we meet. Again

  • Mmane Maryjane
    Posted at 20:14h, 14 October Reply

    Neo I am down really.It’s with heartfelt to send this sincere condolence.May mighty hand of Jehovah hold. Ur family through out.Kevin was a pillar to his in-laws and families May he rest until we meet. Again

  • Charity Mbileni-Morema
    Posted at 15:30h, 16 October Reply

    Kevin’s love was genuine and felt by many. He had a great attribute of socialising and dancing. His physical absence is felt but we are comforted knowing that he is resting in the hands of the Almighty. God is good all the time. Cherish those beautiful memories you’ve created together. We love you Neo, and the kids. Be comforted!

  • Cleo Zwane
    Posted at 20:30h, 18 October Reply

    Dear Neo
    The bond and the love that you and your family shared was truly special. I know how you always speak of them so fondly. May Kevin rest in peace. You and the children have a very special angel by your side. May God bless you and take of all of you.

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