The community of Leachville in Brakpan, Ekurhuleni, will miss the welcoming and gentle smile of Goodman "Mthimbane" Mtsi.
A keen soccer player, Mtsi was born on March 26 1971 in Boksburg. Khoyo, as he was popularly known, started playing soccer at an early age, lining up for the famous Nkomonde Butcher Birds.
He became a midfielder of note and captain of the Super League side. He loved Amabhakabhaka to bits.
Mtsi also played for the famous local team Wattville Pirates, alias Amapriho, where he was captain and always a marvel to watch.
A quiet fellow, he attended Lesabe Higher Primary School. After matric at Etwatwa High he joined General Electric Company Machines (GEC) in Boksburg as a general hand.
He then registered privately with the St Antony's Community Centre in Boksburg for a Diploma in Computer Administration.
This earned him a promotion to the administration of GEC, making him the first black person to occupy an office in that company.
At the time of his death he was working for Nixon. His friend and colleague Agnes Mthonjana this week described him as a very nice man who never raised his voice. Mtsi is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter. He will be buried tomorrow at the Ekurhuleni East Cemetery in Boksburg.
The service will be held at the Old Apostolic Faith Mission in Sesesdi Street from 8:30am.