Media personnel gathered at the Government Communications and Information System (GCIS) in Pretoria to pay their last tribute to Veteran government communications liaison Ronnie Mamoepa.
Mamoepa died in hospital at 23:15 on Saturday night following complications from a stroke he suffered in June. He was Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s spokesperson.
Mamoepa’s family has invited the public to attend the funeral which will be held on Saturday.
Family spokesperson Groovin Nchabaleng says the family highly has praised the support by members of the public friend and colleagues.
He says the funeral will take place on Saturday in Tshwane at the St Albans Cathedral.
“The memorial service it will happen in Pretoria this coming Thursday at 10:00 at Tshwane Events Centre, in Pretoria.”
Highlights of Ronnie’s Career
Ronnie Momoepa was a former member of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature. He became actively involved in the struggle for democracy at a young age. He was arrested and sentenced to five years on Robben Island while still in his teens.
“He will fondly and forever be remembered for his humour and humility as well as the sterling work he displayed during his extensive spell in government where he served various government departments and political principals as spokesperson with distinction until his untimely death,” the Presidency said.
His career in communications started when he worked as a communication officer for then Gauteng Premier Tokyo Sexwale between 1994 and 1996, and further served as a chief director: communication and spokesperson to former President Thabo Mbeki.
He was also a spokesperson for former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, a position that he served at their then head office at the Union Buildings from 2000 to 2009.
Since 2010, Mamoepa worked as deputy director-general: communication and spokesperson to Dlamini-Zuma in the department of home affairs, where he is credited with the most successful turn-around communications strategy in that department.