Journalism has lost a wonderful trainer in Simon Bonginkosi Lushaba, popularly known by Durban journalists as Bra Sy, who died in Claremont on Saturday after a long illness.
The news of his death came as a shock to the industry.
Many successful journalists passed through his hands. He groomed and nurtured their writing and journalistic skills.
At the time of his death Lushaka was running two community newspapers, Taxi news and KwaMashu news.
Lushaba managed an internship programme for journalism students from various tertiary institutions.
He groomed them and gave them the experience they would need when entering the big world of journalism.
He has been described as a very humble, beautiful and kind person who was a great trainer.
Sowetan reporter Canaan Mdletshe is one of Lushaba's proteges.
Mdletshe said Lushaba loved his work and was very passionate about developing quality journalists. The foundation he laid for everyone who went through his hands was valuable.
"Lushaba introduced me to journalism. He dedicated his whole life to helping develop others and seeing us leave and getting employment at bigger publications 'fulfilled' him, as he used to say," Mdletshe said.
Isolezwe senior sports reporter Sihle Ndlovu also benefitted from Lushaba's training.
Ndlovu met Lushaba in 2003, straight from university. He got an opportunity to work under Lushaba's strict supervision as a freelancer.
"By then I had already knocked on several doors but in vain. I was beginning to lose hope, thinking that I might have chosen a wrong profession," Ndlovu said.
"He taught me everything I needed to know about being a good journalist and writer."
Lushaba will be buried tomorrow in Durban.