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It is with a sad and heavy heart that the Association of Independent Publishers (AIP) announces the passing of a dear colleague, friend and veteran publisher, Octavia Elsie Hlungwani (Ngondo). She was the publisher of Phofula Golden Highway Voice.

Octavia passed away on Wednesday, the 10th of January 2024 at her home in Ennerdale, Johannesburg after a short illness.

We will remember her for being a fearless community print media activist, a dedicated publisher and tireless AIP board member, representing Gauteng.

Mbali Dhlomo, Chairperson of AIP stated, “The passing of Sisi Octavia came as a huge shock to most of us. It really caught us off-guard. In her duties as an AIP board member, Sisi Octavia was in the forefront in our quest for sustainability of the community print media sector. She always went the extra mile and, in most instances, went well beyond expectations. No task was too big or too hard for her. So, as we deal with this sad loss and mourn her passing, let us also celebrate her life and her achievements because she was one of a kind.”

Kate Skinner, Executive Director of the AIP, said, “Sisi Octavia was a larger-than-life person. She was a whirlwind of energy and purpose. She was someone who could get things done. She spoke her mind, but this was coupled with a deep warmth and kindness”.

Reggy Moalusi, SANEF Executive Director described Octavia’s passing as “a huge loss” to the media fraternity. “She played a key role across community media in Gauteng. Her contribution, and sharp mind, will be sorely missed,” he said.

Latiefa Mobara, Executive Director of the Press Council, said, “It is with great sadness that the Press Council of SA notes the sudden passing of Sisi Octavia Elsie Hlungwani (Ngondo).

As a publisher and member of the AIP, Sisi Octavia will be remembered for her enormous contribution to the creation and development of diverse voices in the publishing industry. We extend our heartfelt condolences to her family, friends and colleagues”.

Gail Schimmel, CEO of the Advertising Regulatory Board, added, “Octavia’s enthusiastic contribution to the work of the Advertising Regulatory Board as a board member will be missed. She was one of the newer members of our Board and had already made her mark as an involved and thoughtful contributor to our industry.”

Sisi Octavia is survived by her husband, Magezi Mackson Hlungwani, her daughter, Nompumelelo Mkhonza, her son, Nyandayeyo Hlungwani, and her three grandchildren.

Memorial details:

Date: Wednesday 17 January 2024

Time: 12pm

Venue: Caxton Offices, 14 Wright Street, Industria West

Funeral details to be confirmed:

Date: Saturday 20 January 2024 in Ennerdale.

For more information please contact:

Mbali Dhlomo – AIP Chairperson – 083 466 0027

Kate Skinner – AIP Executive Director – 082 926 6404

Dunisani Ntsanwisi – AIP Provincial Chairperson for Limpopo and Sanef’s Community Media Chairperson – 073 981 8649

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Mzukona Mantshontsho is the founder of Nyakaza Media Solutions. Nyakaza Media Solutions is an organisation that was established to help community organisations, business entities, and schools to research, write, document, report, analyse, edit, publish newsletters or bulletins in hard-copy, on-line and maintain websites with the relevant content as per the editorial policy of that organisation, school or entity. Nyakaza Media Solutions has a vision to promote and bring dialogue to communities, businesses and schools about issues that affect them. Nyakaza Media Solutions is on a mission to develop and encourage communities, businesses and learners to celebrate the good, applaud excellence, welcome growth, strive to be better individuals, businesses and communities, want more knowledge, discourage bad and counter-productive behaviour as well as communities, businesses and learners that want to be great SOUTH AFRICANS. Nyakaza Media Solutions is making use of Yo School Magazine as a platform that learners in all schools to make use of to write their stories.


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