Rossouw’s death 'a shock to SA journalism'

2013-03-13 07:31
Mandy Rossouw (City Press)

Mandy Rossouw (City Press)

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Johannesburg - The death of journalist Mandy Rossouw has come as a shock to the South African journalism community, the SA Freelancers’ Association (Safrea) said on Tuesday evening.

"Mandy’s passing has left a gap in the industry that will not be easily filled," spokesperson Grant Cyster said in a statement.

"Her enthusiasm, diligence and deep knowledge of her field will remain an example to all journalists."

Rossouw, 33, died on Monday. She had been treated for gastric complications on Saturday night and told family, friends and colleagues on Sunday that she was feeling better.

Safrea chair Helen Ueckermann said the association recognised Rossouw's invaluable contribution to the field of journalism.

"She was an excellent investigative journalist who will be sorely missed in the media environment. Our sincere condolences go out to Mandy's family, friends and colleagues at this sad time."

‘Saw importance of digital platforms’

The SA National Editors' Forum (Sanef) said it was deeply saddened by her death.

"Mandy had achieved an enormous amount in a relatively young career," it said in a statement.

"She broke important political stories at Beeld, the Mail & Guardian and City Press and provided sharp analysis to EWN listeners," Sanef said.

"She was also quick to realise the potential of digital platforms and social media for both reporting and engagement with her audience and helped to introduce other journalists to these powerful new tools.

"The journalism community will miss Mandy both personally and professionally."

The Press Gallery Association (PGA), of whom Rossouw was a member on behalf of Media24 between 2003 and 2006, was shocked by the 33-year-old's death.

"Even after she left the parliamentary gallery of journalists, she was a regular visitor to Parliament on important occasions," the association said in a statement.

"Mandy Rossouw made a valuable contribution to journalism and was widely respected. She will be sorely missed."

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