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NERPO MOURNS THE PASSING OF SOUTH AFRICA'S FIRST BLACK BOTANIST

17 Jul 2013

Media Release
For Immediate Release

The Group Managing Director of the National Emergent Red Meat Producers' Organization (NERPO), Mr. Aggrey Mahanjana has received with shock and sadness the news of the passing of NERPO's distinguished and long-serving member, Professor Oswald Hercules Daluxolo Makunga. Professor Makunga passed away on Sunday night last weekend after a short illness. At a time of his passing, Professor Makunga was a retired Professor of Botany at the University of Fort Hare and a passionate farmer and a proud first black botanist.

He passed on at the age of 81 and is survived by his wife Nosisa, three children, two granddaughters, a son and a daughter in-law.

Sadly, Professor Makunga's passing has also coincided with the passing of two other members and capable leaders of NERPO and AFASA, Mr SS Thabethe of Gert Sibande District (Mpumalanga) and Mr KA Disipi from Dr Ruth Mompati (North West).

"We are deeply touched and saddened by the passing of Professor Makunga and two other leaders from the North West and Mpumalanga provinces. In Professor Makunga, I personally lost a friend and a mentor. He was a rare breed of a farmer and a distinguished leader. His knowledge and passion in the business of farming has always kept us on our toes and motivated us to do more for our members. He will be remembered by all us at NERPO, as a soft spoken disciplinarian who did not mince his words in his conviction about livestock farming. We hope to have grown leaders of Professor Makunga's caliber within NERPO" Mahanjana mourned.

In his last words Professor Makunga wrote, "In my retirement and as a proud National Red Meat Producer, I produced a fine breed of Bonsmara... As a budding cattle farmer, I was invited to join the then Alice Municipality where I advised on the commonage. I had to keep the commonage in prime condition observing grazing regulations."

His only surviving son, Daluvuyo Makunga has expressed the family’s gratitude to fellow farmers, family friends, relatives, and distinguished persons from all walks of life for the words of encouragement and condolences.

"On behalf of the family, I would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to each and everyone who has showered us with words of encouragement and sympathy. We were humbled to have received messages of sympathy from distinguished persons of a caliber of the Honourable Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Mr Gugile Nkwinti, The Executive Chairman of the Premier Soccer League, Dr. Irvin Khoza and many others whom we did not acknowledge. In "Tata" we lost a friend, a mentor and a leader whose love for his family and community was not questionable. He will be missed dearly by all of us" he said.
Professor Makunga will be laid to rest at his home in Whittlesea (Hewu), in the Eastern Cape.

The funeral details are as follows:
Date: Saturday, 20th July 2013
Venue: Moravian Church, Ngojini, Whittlesea (Hewu), EC Province
Time: 10h00
Further Inquiries: Siyabulela Makunga (072 768 0238)

Meanwhile, Mr. Thabethe was laid rest on the 13th July while the late Kgotlaetsile Alfred Nass Dissipi of North West has been scheduled as follows:

Date: Saturday, 20th July 2013
Venue: Huhudi High School Hall, Ganyesa, Dr Ruth Mompati District, NW Province
Time: 07h00