In Remembrance

Clifford Collings

It is with great sadness that ACCORD announces the death of one of its Senior Managers, Clifford Collings, who passed away unexpectedly due to COVID on 08 January 2021. 

Clifford was the Chief Operating Officer of Africa Dispute Resolution (ADR) and ACCORD Development Consulting (ADC) from 2015-2020. Prior to this Clifford was a Group Executive at the South African Revenue Service (SARS) from 2007 – 2015 and the General Manager: Africa at the South African Department of Foreign Affairs (now the Department of International Relations and Cooperation – DIRCO) from 1995 – 2007.

He was married to Iris and was a proud father and grandfather. ACCORD extends its deepest condolences to the Collings family.

Should you wish to leave a message of condolence kindly do so in the space below:


  1. Clifford Collings,

    you were a gentleman, a person of integrity a person I admired and respected greatly. may your soul rest in peace. you have left a legacy that will live on forever. to your family and loved ones left behind my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Kindest regards
    Trevor Jack (SARS)

  2. Deepest condolences to the Collins family from Vernon and Beverly Naidu at SARS. indeed another south african stalwart whom will be truly missed.

  3. Cliffy was somebody who reputation was of a comrade who could always be depended upon, who cared about others and showed a generosity of spirit that seemed to know no bounds. His integrity and commitment to getting things done will remain a beacon. His death is a great loss. Deep condolences to Iris and the family as a whole. Condolences also to comrades and friends.

  4. Our heartfelt condolences to the Collings family for such a significant loss not only to them but also the broader community and country at large. We salute you Mr Collings for the significant role you played in establishing and driving the Anti-Corruption and Security function with SARS. We thank you and appreciate you for your service and leadership.

    Warm Regards,
    Fted Salimane

  5. Deepest condolences to comrade Cliffie’s family, friends and colleagues. Like so many, I am deeply saddened by this huge loss of a dedicated activist. I can still see his infectious smile, his wonderful voice and overall humanity. Rest in Peace comrade Cliffie.Thanks for all you contributed to the struggle, for a life well lived and a life dedicated to the service. You stayed true to the last moments of your life to the values so many died for, right until your last days. I remember when I served as your deputy at the NECC conference as the security team, and hearing your voice from Section 29 detention in1986 when Vasu, myself and a few others ended up in the CR SWART prison. Your voice was still strong after several months in solitary confinement. Even though we could not see you the strength of your voice inspired us so much during so much during our much shorter stay. Hamba Kahle Comrade Cliffie. You will be deeply missed. 

  6. Hambe Kahle Comrade Clifford. I am glad we reconnected in 2019 and am grateful for your help in community engagement. Thank you for your contribution to the liberation of our country and your significant fight agains t corruption to keep our ideals alive

  7. Clifford, I have had the privilege of working under your leadership and getting to know you as a friend. I admire you as you always set the bar high and you are one of the few people who could translate ideas into practical implementation. You often told me that most things in life are just common sense and if you can apply common sense you’ll get it done. Your network consisted of so many different types of people from all walks of life and you always brought out the best in the people that you engaged with. I walk my life’s journey with so many things that I’ve learnt from you. Thank you for the impact that you’ve made in my life and for the amazing legacy you left behind in the anti-corruption arena.

    To Iris, Liam, Ruwaida, Kerrie-Lee and Callum; my sincere condolences for your loss. He always spoke of you with such love and admiration. I hope that you will walk your life’s journey knowing the incredibly legacy that he left behind and holding onto the beautiful memories of your husband/father. I hope that the memories of him will comfort and inspire you always.

  8. Clifford, you were nothing but kind, gentlemanly and courteous every time I bumped into you at ACCORD. I am terribly saddened to hear of your passing and I pray for God’s comfort for your family and friends.

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