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Former Sowetan editor dies

2012-07-02 13:20

Johannesburg - Former Sowetan editor-in-chief Bongani Keswa has died of cancer, according to a report on Monday.

Keswa, 48, died at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital around 19:00 on Sunday, shortly after being admitted, the Sowetan reported.

Keswa was also the former Sunday World editor-in-chief.

"One of the most notable things about Bongi was the skills that he possessed right across the [media] industry," Avusa editor-in-chief and SA National Editors' Forum (Sanef) chairperson Mondli Makhanya paid him tribute.

"He was very skilled with words [and] very skilled with design," said Makhanya.

Keswa also worked as a sub editor at the Sowetan and City Press. Makhanya said Keswa at some point realised he needed to know the business side of the media and went to study further.

"He came back as a manager.... He had a holistic and comprehensive picture. This was a very rare quality and skill."

Keswa was also an active member of Sanef.

"His commitment to media freedom was strong," said Makhanya.