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POPULAR Batho Batsho Bakopane director Meshack Raphalane Mogafe has died.

POPULAR Batho Batsho Bakopane director Meshack Raphalane Mogafe has died.

Mogafe, 54, affectionately known as Skutu, died on Wednesday at Botshelong Hospital after he was admitted with flu symptoms.

"He was at work as usual. He told us that he was not feeling well, so he went home to rest. We didn't know it was serious," said his older brother and fellow director Matthews.

He said his brother's death would leave a vacuum in the company.

"I do not know how we are going to fill his shoes," Matthews said.

He described Skutu as an industrious person and "the master" when it came to professionalism.

Mogafe said his brother liked to engage people in debates about current issues.

Skutu's sister Sally said she was still shocked and could not believe that her brother was dead.

"He liked the fine things in life. He really liked himself. He was always neat and liked nice food," she said.

She said her brother always wanted to be in the burial industry.

"I remember when we were growing up he said his business would be a funeral parlour because corpses are never stolen," she said.

Skutu attended Matshediso Primary School - now known as Kgorogang - in KwaThema.

He matriculated at Phulong Secondary School and then went to Rehlahlilwe Teacher's Training College in Groblersdal in Mpumalanga.

He did not pursue his teaching career but instead worked for De Beers as a process-control developer for more than 10 years.

Skutu is survived by his wife Precious and two sons, Lethabo and Lesedi.

His memorial service will be held at the Springs Civic Centre on Sunday and he will be buried at Petersfield Cemetery on Wednesday.