Death – Lebo Malepa passes away on Christmas Day

Death – Obituary

Malepa (46) passed away after a period of ill-health at a Johannesburg hospital on Saturday.

CAPE TOWN – Lebo Malepa, founder and owner of award-winning Lebo’s Soweto Backpackers, has passed away on Christmas Day.

Malepa (46) passed away after a period of ill-health at a Johannesburg hospital on Saturday.

The Gauteng Tourism Authority described him as “a trailblazing social entrepreneur, a leading tourism ambassador and a dedicated community leader who continued to champion the importance and centrality of township tourism in the broader tourism growth eco-system.”

Malepa won various awards in the tourism sector, including the coveted Lilizela Tourism Awards for his outstanding contribution to tourism growth in the country.

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What Is An Obituary

In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject’s life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”

In local newspapers, an obituary may be published for any local resident upon death. A necrology is a register or list of records of the deaths of people related to a particular organization, group or field, which may only contain the sparsest details, or small obituaries. Historical necrologies can be important sources of information.