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TK's skill won't be forgotten

By unknown | Jan 09, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Sylvester Kubjana

Sylvester Kubjana

We at Sowetan Television will not forget the call that came through from SABC Education announcing with sadness the death of one of their most creative commissioning editors, Tekani Mashele, 37.

"Tekani is no more with us," said the caller. "He passed away on the 27th."

How is this possible?

We had a production meeting with him on November 21 and he was looking forward to the first flighting of the second series of the career show 48 HRS that Sowetan is producing for SABC Education.

He was happy that the show was moved from the Saturday 6.30am time slot to the 12pm slot from 13 June 2009.

TK, as he was affectionately called, didn't hesitate to call a producer to a string of meetings to discuss the importance of suggested changes to a programme.

No wonder all the projects he managed were such a success in terms of viewer ratings.

As each speaker came up to speak at his memorial service, I realised that all of them had had the same experience of him as I had.

TK was a very punctual man.

He arrived for a meeting 30 minutes before it was due to start.

He had the habit of sitting in his car for 20 minutes and then knocking at your door 10 minutes before the meeting.

If you did not notice that he was early and welcomed him in, he would remind you that he was early.

Tekani started his education at Khanani Primary in Malamulele and then went to Shingwedzi High, where he passed his matric in 1988.

He obtained a diploma in education from Giyani College of Education in 1990.

He also held a business management qualification from Unisa.

TK taught at Shobiyana High School in Acornhoek and worked part-time as radio DJ for Radio Bushbuckridge.

Apart from the above mentioned qualifications, TK also obtained a Diploma in Creative Multi-Media from the University of Malaysia.

He joined the SABC in 2003 as a bulletin writer in the news department and in 2006 he was appointed news reader.

Tekani was also a part of the Early Childhood Development project team run by Sowetan, Absa, the Gauteng Education Department and the SABC.

He died while serving as an SABC commissioning editor for formal education.

Among the shows he commissioned were 48 HRS, produced by Sowetan,Mother of all professions, Amazing times detectives, My teacher made me, Sci-Bono, X marks the spot, Rivoningo, Sine'kgono, Music "O", Umnofto wami,Just chill, Nature excursions, African giants,The Rainbow rhythm gang and Each one teach one.

TK will be remembered for his passion for developing the less fortunate.

When Sowetan was awarded the 48 HRS project by the SABC he asked me: "How many interns are you planning to develop through this project?"

He will also be remembered for his love of German sports cars.

He called them "engineered" cars, not "manufactured" cars.

TK was buried in his home town of Malamulele on Saturday.

He is survived by three children and his fiancée. He has a fourth child on the way.


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