Statement on the passing of Mandy Rossouw

2013-03-12 07:56

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Our beloved colleague Mandy Rossouw passed away yesterday, 11 March 2013.

She was 33 years old and had packed a lot into her short but exciting life.

Mandy had been treated from Saturday night for gastric complications and had told family, friends and colleagues she was feeling better by Sunday.

Her body was found yesterday after she uncharacteristically did not answer her phone. We are devastated at the sudden and shocking loss of a beloved, kind and talented colleague.

Mandy was Media24's international correspondent and City Press’ ace political reporter. She also worked at Eyewitness News as a political reporter because she wanted to expand her reporting horizons. Doing it all was Mandy’s governing motto.

She was a queen-pin and scoop-getter of our newsroom and a talented all-rounder. Beyond that, she was a dear friend for whom no effort was ever too much.

Summarising someone's life into a CV - especially someone like Mandy, who lived so fully and brilliantly - seems strange. But her professional CV makes for impressive reading.

Mandy matriculated from Paarl Gymnasium in the Western Cape and obtained a BA degree and honours degree in journalism from Stellenbosch University.

During her student years, she was an active member of the editorial team of Die Matie student newspaper.

She started her career at Beeld newspaper in Johannesburg, where she reported on the Gauteng legislature and Parliament.

In 2006, her talent and tenacity took her from Johannesburg to London when she became the foreign correspondent for the Media24 group.

She returned to South Africa as the Mail and Guardian's deputy political editor and in 2011 rejoined Media24 in this position.

She is a Menell fellow at Duke University in North Carolina and a guest lecturer in politics and journalism at Duke and a number of South African universities. In 2012 she wrote 'Mangaung: Kings and Kingmakers' about the ANC's political dynamics ahead of the Mangaung conference.

She also co-authored 'The World According to Julius Malema' about the expelled ANC Youth League leader. Mandy was also the co-author of two books of quotes, 'The Year in Quotes 2010' and 'Come again? Quotes from the Famous, the Infamous and the Ordinary'.

Mandy's colleagues at EyeWitness News honoured her today as "an astute political journalist, whose work ethic, courage and bravery will always be remembered, as will her kindness, humour and generosity of spirit".

After news of her death broke today, social networks were flooded with tributes to Mandy as a journalist, a friend and an exceptional young South African. Young journalists particularly paid tribute to her as a patient, wise mentor who always took time to explain the ins and outs of an industry that could be bewildering to newcomers.

We will miss her tremendously.

Mandy’s body will be flown to Cape Town and funeral arrangements will be relayed as soon as we know them.

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