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'Chairman' made life beautiful for others

By unknown | Jul 18, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Nomvula Khalo

Nomvula Khalo

Dr Vincent Msibi is no more. We will never see him again.

We will think of his death and wonder why his life was taken so tragically; why we have been deprived of a brother and friend we loved dearly?

These are questions without answers. However, this is the contract we sign when we are born - life and then death.

But, still, when it happens we do not believe it. This is how I felt when the call came through on a cold Sunday morning to inform me about our dear friend and my golf partner's sad passing.

Mntanekosi or Chairman, as we fondly called him in our circle of friends, was knocked down by one car, then run over by two other cars in Swaziland last Saturday.

Msibi was not a saint. He had his weaknesses but he was the most humble, caring and giving human being. Golf every Sunday will never be the same without him.

The 53-year-old medical doctor-turned businessman was the executive chairman of the Phodiso Group and the founding member of Tsogo Investment Holdings.

He was also a member of the South African Medical Association and was involved in other business ventures including mining and community-based projects.

He was a tried-and-tested individual and he passed those tests in a way that was peculiarly his own, fighting his fights with truth, reality, loyalty, understanding and love.

A beautiful man indeed. And to those of us closest to him he made life beautiful.

We will weep and our tears will make the grass of all the golf courses we play on every Sunday greener than the symbolic patch of land that represents his final earthly place.

He will be buried tomorrow at his farm in Barberton. The service starts at 10am.


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