Media industry continues to lose veterans

Posted: 13/01/2014 in General
FROM LEFT: SABC’s first black female TV news anchor Alyce Chavunduka and Sydney Matlhaku the first black chief subeditor in South Africa.

FROM LEFT: SABC’s first black female TV news anchor Alyce Chavunduka and Sydney Matlhaku the first black chief subeditor in South Africa.

* Former Sowetan senior editor Sydney Matlhaku died on Saturday from a pulmonary embolism. He fell and broke a femur in his right leg on Christmas Day, and had been in Flora Clinic in Florida, Johannesburg, until he was discharged on Saturday. His death occurred on the same day he was discharged.

Born on August 10 1940 Matlhaku was the first black chief subeditor in South Africa. Having worked for The World newspaper and also held senior technical and editorial management positions at The Post and Sowetan until his retirement.

* The SABC’s first black female TV news anchor Alyce Chavunduka has died at the age of 46. The TV and radio personality passed away at the weekend after she collapsed on New Year’s Eve at her Johannesburg home. She was found unconscious and rushed to hospital where she spent a week in coma before her death on the weekend.

Chavunduka was a news presenter on the national broadcaster’s main channel, then called TV1, she also featured on Talk Radio 702 and 94.7 Highveld Stereo.

May their souls rest in peace as they spare us a space in heaven’s newsroom!

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