“Bees, as he was affectionately known by friends and family alike, played a vital role in supressing the fire that has burnt across the Table Mountain National Park during the course of this week,” SANParks board chairman Kuseni Dlamini said in a statement.
“His vast knowledge, experience and skill as a helicopter pilot was respected by all.”
Marais’ helicopter crashed while fighting a blaze at the Cape Point Nature Reserve on Sunday.
At least 500 people had been evacuated since the fire began in Muizenberg.
The fire started last Sunday and was contained, but flared up again just after on Monday in Muizenberg above Boyes Drive. It was fanned by strong winds.
It spread to Ou Kaapse Weg, Chapman’s Peak, Hout Bay, and Tokai.
One city fire-fighter sustained burn wounds and 52 frail-care residents from a Noordhoek retirement village were treated for smoke inhalation.
More than 2000 people were helping to quell the fire during the week, the environmental affairs department said at the time.