Songs were used as means of comfort as family, friends, colleagues and homestead members filled an auditorium at Lentegeur Hospital to commemorate a life many regarded as short-lived, on Wednesday 16 July. Various speakers took to the podium to share their fond memories of Mandiphiwe Humphrey Tshonisile. He worked as a nurse at the emergency unit at Lentegeur Hospital. He was part of the team for less than a year but colleagues hailed him as a man who made a great impact not just on patients but on his co-workers too. At just 30-years-old, Tshonisile died in a car accident on Saturday 6 July in Goodwood. Facility manager for Mitchell’s Plain Community Health Centre, Amanda Hansen described him as a very humble and respectful gentleman. Hansen said Tshonisile had the best interests of his patients at heart.“He lived the values of the department and that was shown in his work,” she said.Another colleague who worked very closely with him, Michael Fulani described him as a very quiet man who was a good communicator. Fulani who was Tshonisile’s line manager said even though Tshonisile worked for a short period he gave his job his best.“I met him for the first time in September last year when he came for an interview. At work he communicated efficiently with the patients and colleagues,” Fulani shared.Visibly distraught, Fulani said it is going to be difficult to accept and heal from Tshonisile’s departure, but they will get there eventually.“I want his family to know that it is by the will of the Almighty. And for me, I will miss his smile,” he said.It became emotional as a collection of his photos were displayed and “I was here” by Beyoncé played in the background. His heartbroken kin said they are trying their best to deal with the sudden passing of their family motivator but it is not easy. Speaking on their behalf was Tshonisile’s friend and cousin, Simphiwe Tanga. He described Tshonisile as a selfless man who put the needs of others first. He said he pushed them to do better in life. He always assured them that it will get better in time.Tanga said Tshonisile made them believe that the impossible was possible.“We will miss his love for everyone, he was the one who would take photographs while we were unaware and he was a hard worker.” Tshonisile leaves behind his mother, three siblings. He was buried in his hometown of Centane in Wili Village on Sunday 21 July.