The South African National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) on Wednesday sent their condolences to the families and friends of two journalists who died recently.
Veteran journalist and editor Brendan Boyle succumbed to cancer on Monday while journalist Nonhlanhla Nhlapo from Power FM was killed in a car crash last week.
“[Sanef] joins our colleagues in the media fraternity to mourn the passing of key colleagues who leave an indelible mark in our industry,” Sanef said in a statement.
“Veteran journalist and editor, Brendan Boyle, succumbed to his battle to cancer on Monday. Boyle was a veteran journalist who worked on major South African newspapers and in international agencies.”
Sanef said Boyle was a doyen of the parliamentary gallery, having served there for many years as Bureau Chief for Reuters and the Sunday Times. He also served as editor of the Daily Dispatch.
Mondli Makhanya, former editor of the Sunday Times and now editor of City Press, said: “He was highly regarded in media and political circles for his incisive grasp of policy issues, particularly economics.”
The organisation said that at the time of his passing, Boyle was working as a policy researcher fighting for the rights of communities in South Africa’s mining regions.
Sanef also recognised the death of Nhlapo from Power FM.
“She has been described by her colleagues as a consummate professional, delivering on her duties as desk producer and reporter with exceptional skill and passion. Prior to radio, she had spent several years at eNCA as a desk writer.
“She had a passion for storytelling and wanted to grow into an all-round broadcaster. She took on challenges with aplomb and wasn’t shy to get out of her comfort zone by tackling more complex investigations,” colleagues said.
Former Power FM news editor Dianne Hawker said: “She was a happy and cheerful member of the team who was always willing to help others. She went above and beyond in her work – it was a vocation.”
– African News Agency