By Nyasha Mutena
The Zimbabwe Union of journalists (ZUJ) has expressed great sadness over the passing on of another media practitioner, broadcaster Tawanda Gudhlangah, who succumbed to COVID-19 complications.
He was 41.
Gudhlangah’s death closely follows that of Sandra Nyaira, another Journalist, who died of COVID-19 last Tuesday.
Gudhlangah, an award-winning broadcaster, died yesterday, 21 July 2021 in the morning at his Zimre Park home in Harare.
The late broadcaster made his name at ZBC where he first worked for the state broadcaster’s Classic263 as a producer/presenter. For more than a decade, Gudhlangah distinguished himself across the platforms of radio, television and digital media.
In fact, by 2013, he was hosting Classic263’s flagship, The Morning Grill. He also hosted the station’s Drive Time as well as the programme, African Spirituality.
On ZBCTV, Gudhlangah hosted Economic Forum, Zim-China mega Projects and Liquid Soils programmes.
Early this year, he joined the Midlands-based Ya FM as its General Manager.
“The country has lost a jovial and people-centered journalist whose stories and programmes resonated with a lot of people. ZUJ hopes the Gudhlangah family, relatives, friends, and the nation at large are comforted and strengthened during this difficult period and that many a journalist learnt from the ever-smiling Tawanda,” the union said in a statement.
Speaking via their official Twitter account Classic 263 staff members expressed shock at the passing on of Gudhlanga whose work touched listeners in numerous ways.
Today is a dark day for us at @classic263 – waking up to the passing on of Tawanda Gudhlanga has been really hard. We know he touched us at the studios and all our listeners in different ways. May God give us strength as we face this great loss.
Also speaking via his twitter page, the Permanent Secretary in in the Ministry of Information,Publicity and Broadcasting Services Mr Nick Mangwana expressed sadness at the death of the prominent journalist, highlighting that it was a tough time for the media fraternity as experienced journalists continue to pass on.
“I hear Tawanda Gudhlanga he has passed away. It’s really sad that we continue to lose experienced Media Practitioners and great personalities. RIP Bro,” wrote Mr Mangwana.