Rossouw’s death 'a shock to SA journalism'

2013-03-13 07:31

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."

  • Mark MarCole Vaughan - 2013-03-13 07:52

    Condolences to your family and friends - May the angels carry your soul to the gates of heaven RIP from Mark

      Gieljam Gomtor - 2013-03-13 10:50

      Definitely Very Sad the bit I got to see of her made me instantly feel she knows her subject and was a asset and friendly person.

  • Pfunzo Ddt Michael - 2013-03-13 07:52

    she was an amazing journalist ,R.I.P

  • Ian Robert Reid - 2013-03-13 08:19

    Mandy a sad ending 2yr short but vibrant life u will be missed 4sure! condolences 2yr family??

  • tony.kirby1 - 2013-03-13 08:26

    RIP Mandy

  • James Hunt - 2013-03-13 08:34

    She was a breath of fresh air - well spoken and fair - always a smile with deep dimples. Condolences to family and friends -- She will surely leave a gap in journalism in SA.

  • Boikanyo Elton Mokgatle - 2013-03-13 08:54

    Im lucky to met her on my job schedule,i pickup her last at OR Tambo airport to Brynston,she beautiful nd very calm may her soul rest in peace

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  • Mpumelelo TF - 2013-03-13 12:16

    R.I.P Mandy Rossouw! The journalism profession has been left poorer by your sudden passing away at such a tender age. I still remember the days when we used to cover stories on SA's foreign policy at press conferences at the Department of International Relations and Co-operation.

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