singer, designer ndogie is no more

Popular church leader and clothing designer Sanna Ndogie Thabethe is no more.

Popular church leader and clothing designer Sanna Ndogie Thabethe is no more.

Thabethe, of Tsakane township in Ekurhuleni, died at her home after a short illness last Friday.

She will be missed by all, especially members of a women's prayer group that encompasses women's formations from different church denominations around her township of Tsakane.

Ndogie, as she was popularly known, was born in Spring's old location of Payneville on September 25 1941.

Her death came as a shock to the parishioners when it was announced at last Sunday's church service.

Tears rolled down the faces of many in the congregation as it dawned on them that one of their favourite daughters will not be seen anymore.

She was not only a staunch member of the Anglican Church but was a dedicated leader of the Mothers' Union.

She was also a member of Izwelonke's executive committee, comprised of women prayer groups from different churches. She had been active in this structure for more than thirty years.

Thabethe loved singing and was a member of her church's choir. Most members said the choir will not be the same without her. Many attributed the countless trophies in the church's cabinet to her golden voice.

Thabethe was educated at St Andrews Primary School and completed her secondary education at KwaPhakama High School. She went to dressmaking school thereafter.

Many a bride in Tsakane owe their beauty and shine on their special day to her exquisite designs.

Thabethe worked for many clothing companies in Ekurhuleni such as Tip Top, Protea Dry Cleaners and Marcolive Wholesalers.

Her last job was at Fring Shirts and entailed what she enjoyed most - designing shirts.

Her son Thomas Thabethe said: "I will miss my mother, particularly her friendliness. She loved to take care of other people.

"She taught me that if you possess something which others don't have but are in dire need of, you should share. She believed that you would be blessed with much more."

Thabethe leaves behind her husband, son and two daughters as well as 10 grandchildren.

She will be buried at Brakpan Cemetery tomorrow after a service starting at 8am at All Souls Anglican Church in Kgaga Street, Tsakane.

The cortege will leave at 11am.