Sport and Recreation minister Makhosini Hlongwane has joined other ministers in the region in mourning the death of African Union Sports Council Region Five secretary-general Mvuzo Martin Mbebe.
In a condolence message, the African Union Sports Council Region Five Council of Ministers of Sport said they were saddened by the death of Mbebe. Mbebe passed on in his native South Africa in the early hours of Tuesday.
He succumbed to cancer of the colon.He was 52. “No doubt, the region has lost a dedicated cadre who contributed immensely to the development of sport in the region, and in Africa. He was a dependable and astute leader in sport who was full of wisdom and dedication to duty. He was one of the rare personalities in sport who would go beyond the call of duty merely for his immeasurable love for his country, region and Africa,” part of the statement read.
“Mbebe leaves behind an enormous legacy in this region and the continent that will forever be cherished. His contribution to the development of netball, a sport that he administered for years, will forever be remembered.”
Mbebe served in various platforms in South Africa with distinction, notably as an executive in the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation, South African National Sports Council, where he was the chief executive officer, secretary-general of Athletics South Africa, chief executive officer of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and 2014 Championship of African Nations, among others.
He distinguished himself by serving diligently on other missions that included the 6th All-Africa Games in 1995 held in Zimbabwe, where he was chef de mission and the 7th All-Africa Games in 1999 where he served as director.
Meanwhile. the family of the late Mvuzo Martin Mbebe has issued a statement confirming details of his funeral arrangements. Mvuzo leaves behind his mother, Thenjiwe, his siblings, Andile and Mona-Lisa, his wife, Nomalungelo and his children, Ntsika and Avuziwe.
A memorial service in his honour will be held on Thursday, 22 October 2015 at 13h00 at the Our Lady of Loreto Catholic Church, 3 Kweper Street, Kempton Park.
The funeral will take place at his home at Lourdes Mission, Mzimkhulu, Eastern Cape, from 9h00 on the 27 October 2015.
A trained pharmacist, Mvuzo dedicated most of his career to sports administration, where he held several senior positions.
Mvuzo has touched so many people’s lives during his time and he will be remembered for his excellent larger than life nature, his kindness and willingness to help.