Noted media practitioner Phindi “Maphindisi” Xaba lost her long battle with cancer at her family’s home in Diepkloof, Soweto on Saturday, her family said in a statement.
“Her family is devastated by her passing but is comforted by the messages of support from her friends and industry peers,” said Mpho Mothapo, family spokeswoman.
After a long and illustrious career in various publications, Xaba, 53, joined Office of the Deputy Minister for Public Service and Administration in the Communications Department.
The industry publication The Journalist previously wrote that she is an experienced journalist and media practitioner across multiple platforms: “She started her career in print media in the Aged 17, she then explored the television industry, where she worked as a television production manager, screenwriter, publicist, producer/director, language consultant/trainer and researcher erin worked with some of her work being featured on SABC, M-Net, Channel l 4 (UK).
Xaba was an editor for REAL, which has created a platform for healing women , and Editor and Founder of the Soviet Women’s Club.
“She then joined the Mail and Guardian, where she was editor of The Teacher, and has done extensive writing at The New Age, True Love, City Press, St .Petersburg Times (USA), The Journalist and many others,” Mothapo said.
“Funeral arrangements will be announced in due course.”
She is survived by her daughter Nhlakaniso, three siblings and their parents.
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