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Govt. to hold memorial service in honour of Ronnie Mamoepa

The late government communicator, Ronnie Mamoepa with Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa
The late government communicator, Ronnie Mamoepa with Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa | Photo credit: GCIS

Government will on Wednesday hold a memorial service in honour of the late government communicator, Ronnie Mamoepa.

Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo will lead the service, which will be attended by government communicators and members of the media.

The service will start at 9am at the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) head office in Pretoria.

Mamoepa, 56, passed away on Saturday after battling with complications after suffering a stroke in June.

A range of high profile public figures have hailed Mamoepa for the good relations he had with media, as well as his professionalism and dedication.

Minister Dlodlo said Mamoepa was a colleague, leader and mentor, whose life is worth celebrating.

“Since the passing on of this giant of our soil, I have witnessed a stream of messages on media platforms from friends, colleagues, government and political leaders within the country and abroad, commending him for his excellent service, humility, commitment and outstanding grasp of his work.  This is the Ronnie I knew.

“It is therefore befitting of us government communicators and the media to gather together and share memories about him.  To many, he was a pleasure to work with.”

Those who wish to send messages of condolence through social media are advised to use the hashtag #RIPRonnie.

Condolence books will also be placed at GCIS and the Union Buildings for anyone who may wish to give a message to the family pre and post the memorial service.

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