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Sanef saddened by deaths of four journalists from Covid-19 related complications

Sanef saddened by deaths of four journalists from Covid-19 related complications

The SA National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) has expressed sadness over the deaths of four journalists who succumbed to Covid-19 related complications.

“Sanef has learnt with mountainous sadness of the passing of outdated SABC soccer analyst Coudjoe Amankwaa who died final Friday, Industry List (BR) journalist Sandile Mchunu [and] outdated Day by day Solar journalist Sonqoba Kunene, who died on Sunday,” the forum said in an announcement on Friday.

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Khopotso Bodibe, a outdated producer on SAfm and later Health-E news, also died this week.

Sanef said Mchunu died at the weekend after experiencing chest distress and can no longer breathe. He had it sounds as if struggled to score entry to a health care provider and when he did, turned into at once admitted to sanatorium.

Colleagues described Sandile as a young, official and entirely accurate company reporter.

“A humble man, nevertheless consistently particular, a light soul, with a excellent looking out chortle that brightened our days right here at BR — irrespective of the existing atmosphere. Continually willing to head the extra mile, he had a luminous future forward of him.

“We journalists are inclined to be desk-crawl and sluggish. Nevertheless, Sandile, alongside with his thirst for lifestyles, ran the Comrades. We were proud of him in his endeavours — on the avenue and off it. Never in a million tips, did I feel his gentle may presumably possibly be extinguished so soon — too soon,” wrote Philippa Larkin.

Kunene died final Sunday as a consequence of Covid-19 related complications after a weeklong hospitalisation, in step with files shared by his brother Siyabonga.

He had worked for the Day by day Solar as a journalist for bigger than a decade reporting on news and politics. “He also contributed articles to the Sedibeng Ster in the Vaal. On the time of his death, he turned into in the communications division of the Emfuleni municipality.”

Day by day Solar editor-in-chief Mapula Nkosi said: “The devastation of the coronavirus’ third wave has been felt deeply in the Day by day Solar newsroom with the passing of outdated colleague Sonqoba no longer as a lot as two weeks after every other SunMan Muntu Nkosi who turned into buried on July 16.

“At this sort of young and productive age, his death leaves us bereft. It also leaves journalism poorer as we aloof looked forward to Sonqoba’s contribution. Our deepest condolences pace out to his family,”

Amankwaa reportedly died final Friday.

SA Soccer Association (Safa) stakeholder kinfolk director Dominic Chimhavi said he died from cardiac arrest.

Born in Ghana, although he turned into a naturalised South African at the time of his death, Coudjoe turned into rushed to Sandton’s Mediclinic when he “couldn’t wake up for supper and upon arrival at sanatorium he turned into declared lifeless”, Dominic said by contrivance of WhatsApp on Friday evening.

Chimhavi said he’s going to be remembered as having been an affable, approachable member of the SA soccer community. “He came to SA in 1994 and began working for Sowetan. And then he joined the Citizen, and from the Citizen he joined the SABC.

“I am writing this with a heavy heart … Our friend, colleague and fellow, soccer lover, Coudjoe has passed away this evening. He turned into truly cherished and turned into identified as ‘Malume’. Might well possibly also simply His Soul Rest in Eternal Peace. I miss you already,” tweeted Christophe Bongo, who had worked on SABC TV with Coudjoe, including on the well-liked weekly SoccerZone indicate.

Bodibe, who turned into regional programmes unit media and communications specialist for Sisonke gender justice, also died this week of Covid-19 related complications, Sanef said.

“Many journalists will endure in mind him when he turned into a producer on SAfm and later Health-E news. He persevered finding and reporting on health-related tales and addressed psychological illness amongst other intelligent issues weekly on channel Africa on Tuesdays. He produced his floor-breaking programme ‘Living with HIV’ equipment which turned into broadcast in bigger than one language on SABC radio stations and community radio,” the forum said.

Mpiwa Mangwiro, his colleague at Sonke Gender Justice, said: “I am in my opinion indebted for his improve in doing my advocacy work in the location. Over and over, he helped profile and illuminate these efforts and consistently gave recommendation on what’s going to be done better. It’s unbelievable that he’s gone. You ran your shuffle so effectively. The aloof memories we shared will dwell dear in my heart”.

Kerry Cullinan, outdated editor of Health-e News Provider, described Bodibe as a man of precept, dignity and honour who cherished humanity deeply. 


Sanef saddened by deaths of four journalists from Covid-19 related complications