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Sathekge - an award-winning news veteran and doting father

By unknown | May 22, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Joseph Kgomo

Joseph Kgomo

Veteran award-winning radio and television journalist Andries Sathekge will be buried tomorrow.

He died last Friday after failing to recover from a heart operation.

Sathekge joined the SABC in 1984 as a television bulletin writer. He later moved to the SABC's Tshwane offices as a radio reporter until his death.

I will miss him, particularly his obsession with translating his news stories into isiNdebele, which he "forced" me to do.

The remarkable thing about the "old man" is that he was a committed journalist and a dedicated member of the Communication Workers Union (CWU).

He was always present at most CWU meetings at the SABC in Tshwane.

Sathekge would deliver his story no matter what it took to get it. He covered all news beats except sport. He sometimes covered stories wearing a torn T-shirt or blue overalls.

When one commented about his dress code, he would show you a microphone and say: "They want this."

David Mahlangu, who knew Sathekge after the latter's stint with the weekend edition of Ikwekwezi current affairs, described him as a man of the people.

"I was impressed by his learning and finally mastering isiNdebele. He was friends with everyone," said Mahlangu.

Itumeleng Mokgatle, a technical producer at the SABC in Tshwane, simply said: "Sathekge was a funny man. If I say anything more about the man, I will end up crying."

Sathekge, a carefree and jolly man, was a staunch member of the Zion Christian Church. He was also a loving father to his children, whom he used to bring to work regularly.

Sathekge will be buried at Zandfontein Cemetery tomorrow at 10am after a service at his home in Pretoria North.

He is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.


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