JOHANNESBURG - South African writer Verna Vels, best known for being the creator of the endearing children's TV character ‘Liewe Heksie’, has died, JacarandaFM reported on Friday.
Vels, 81, died in her sleep in her Johannesburg home on Thursday evening after a battle with cancer, Lefra Productions confirmed to the radio station.
Vels, who was born in Reitz in the Free State on June 13, 1933, started her career in radio at the SABC in December 1954, according to Wikipedia.
At the time of her retirement in 1993, she was the woman who held the highest executive position in the South African television industry, as programme director of TV1, Afrikaans.
Vels was involved in the creation of Afrikaans children's programmes ‘Kraaines’ and ‘Wielie Wielie Walie’; and she was also the voice behind the character ‘Bennie Boekwurm’.