The Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa, has shared the condolences of his department after the passing of veteran journalist Sbusiso Mseleku due to Covid-19.
"The Department of Sport, Arts and Culture has learned with sadness about the passing of one of the legendary sports writers, S'busiso Mseleku," a statement read.
The news of his passing was announced and confirmed by his friend Duma Ndlovu.
"In reading the dedication piece that Duma Ndlovu wrote and posted on social media, it somehow gave me a synopsis of the path and the journey travelled by S'busiso Mseleku in his career.
"Mseleku was indeed one of the best scribes the industry of journalism has ever had, his writing abilities gave life to most stories he covered.
"In matters of sports governance, S'busiso Mseleku's writing was always well researched and the stories rich with content," Mthethwa said.
The minister noted that Mseleku's death came a few months after the nation buried his legendary colleague, Louis 'Figo' Mazibuko.
"Death has indeed robbed the sports media industry of this great giant who was to play a major role in imparting the journalistic legacy and knowledge to the upcoming prospective scribes.
"This was demonstrated by the fact that during his last days and prior his passing, he was involved in his own publication called Mseleku Sports and ready to grow the project and employ more upcoming journalists, unfortunately, death dawned.
"His passing happens at the time when the print journalist industry was transforming and adjusting to the 4th Industrial Revolution needs and journalist of his calibre are a necessity to impart the journalistic ethics and norms.
"My heartfelt sympathy and condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. The passing of Mseleku will forever remain an ache to all our hearts and to the sports industry.
"May the soul of S'busiso Mseleku repose in eternal peace," concluded Mthethwa.
The Premier Soccer League (PSL) also released a statement remembering the contribution of Mseleku to the media and local soccer industry.
"He will always be remembered for his passion for local football and his work in shinning the spotlight on footballers in the PSL," a statement read.
- Compiled by Baden Gillion