The South African Football Journalists’ Association (Safja) have joined thousands around the African continent in paying tribute to Thulani Thuswa, who passed away on Sunday morning.
Thuswa, a former Mamelodi Sundowns marketing and communications manager lost his life in a car accident on the M1 freeway in Johannesburg on Sunday 6 June at the young age of 37.
“We would like to convey our deepest and sincere condolences to Thulani Thuswa’s family, friends, colleagues, his associates, and the football community following his untimely passing. He was a brilliant marketing and communications doyen,” said Safja.
“Through his extraordinary personality and zeal to help others, Thuswa showed the same respect and attention to veteran journalists, juniors as well as community media practitioners.O
“One of the reasons why Thuswa’s star shone brighter than many in his field, was his ability to give reporters, sponsors and supporters individual attention, where many felt like they were the only ones receiving such warm treatment from him.
“When Safja was launched, Thuswa – who had just launched his own talent management company Tyler Masons – hosted the association. This was the mark of a man who was not about personal glory, but intentionally working towards elevating many in football to reach greater heights.”
Sundowns and Al Ahly also sent their condolences to the Thuswa family.
“Our thoughts in Al Ahly Sporting Club are with Mamelodi Sundowns for the loss of their former spokesperson Thulani Thuswa. We would like to send our support to his family, Mamelodi Sundowns board and supporters. May God rest his soul in peace and strengthen his beloved ones,” said Al Ahly
“The Motsepe family, the board of directors, technical team, players, management, staff, supporters of Mamelodi Sundowns and the entire yellow nation express their deepest condolences to the family and friends of our former communications manager, Thulani Thuswa, following his untimely passing earlier today [on Sunday],” added Sundowns.
The South African Football Journalists’ Association mourns Thulani Thuswa. pic.twitter.com/ca5UBdw5Rv
— Safja (@The_Safja) June 8, 2021
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