SABC acting-Chief Executive Officer Gab Mampone, says the death of
Communications Minister Dr Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri has come as a great
shock, according to a report on

71-year-old Matsepe-Casaburri died of natural causes at the Kloof Medi-Clinic in Pretoria late last night after an operation for organ failure.

Mampone says that the public broadcaster was in the process of completing major projects with Matsepe-Casaburri. SABC Chairperson Khanyisile Mkhonza, says the Minister carried out her responsibility diligently. In 1993, Matsepe-Casaburri was appointed as the first black female chairperson of the SABC. At the time of her death, she represented government as the sole shareholder of the Corporation.

Meanwhile, family members of the late Communications Minister Ivy Matsepe-Cassaburi are gathered at her Pretoria home, making preparations for her funeral. Her family says she will be laid to rest in her home town of Maokeng, Kroonstad in the Free State. Dignitaries who have come to her home to pay their  respects include Free State Premier Beatrice Marshoff and former director-general of Communications, Lyndall Shope-Malofe and Finance Minister Trevor Manuel.

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