Wiseman Khuzwayo
Johannesburg - A great tree has fallen. Wiseman Khuzwayo was indeed an extraordinary man. He was one of the giants on whose shoulders I stood as a young journalist at Business Report.

Working with you was a both a privilege and an honour, especially on the occasions when we shared a byline.

You brought life to the newsroom with your sense of humour and unmatched insight on current affairs. There was never a dull moment working with you.

During Christmas parties, you shared your adventures of working as a journalist in the UK and how you worked on typewriters long before computers and e-mails. I still cannot imagine journalism without the internet.

You loved life, you loved people and your work. You had a superior command of languages and even spoke German.

Your work ethic was exemplary, and your stories where of the highest quality.

You were courageous, fearless and brutally honest. You spoke openly about being diagnosed with cancer and how doctors had said you did not have long to live, but that did not stop you from coming to work.

I saw you suffer, and I saw you fight the cancer.

Wiseman Khuzwayo

You were a colleague, a father figure, who gave advice, and a role model.

Business Report will never be the same again. Thank you for choosing journalism. We will continue your good work. Condolences mama Khuzwayo and the entire family.

John Donne writes:

“Death, be not proud, though some have called thee

Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so;

For those whom thou think’st thou dost overthrow

Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me.”

Rest in peace Mnguni omhle.