Caring model of style and beauty

Getrude Makhafola

Getrude Makhafola

Busi Juliana Mavimbela was a stylish and beautiful woman.

She died on Sunday after a short illness.

Mavimbela, 57, who was also a winner of the first bridal competition in South Africa in the 1970s, was a caring person who always put the community's interests first.

"She cared so much about community issues. She sacrificed a lot just to make sure that children from poor families had food and clothes on their backs," said her sister, Thoba Karl-Halla.

Mavimbela grew up in Evaton on the Vaal.

Her family then moved to the areo of Dube known as George Goch and she finished her schooling at Orlando High in Soweto.

While working for a leading wine company in the 1980s, Mavimbela advocated responsible drinking in communities.

"She also had an intensive knowledge of wine, and promoted its appreciation as a cultural drink," said Karl-Halla.

Mavimbela later worked in the fashion industry and introduced food platters at one of the leading retailers. Her experience in wine led to her promotion and she oversaw everything in the stores, including flower arrangements.

Mavimbela's daughter-in-law, Siza Ndengane, said her mother-in-law was the most generous person she had ever met.

"She put her interests last. She would tell me not to buy her anything and to instead use the money for more important things. She sacrificed for and cared about the next person," said Ndengane.

The second of five siblings, Mavimbela is survived by two sons and seven grandchildren.

She will be cremated tomorrow. The service will be held at 178 Columbine Avenue in Mondeor at 8.30am.

The cortege will leave for Avalon Crematorium at 11am.