28 July 2014
Communications Minister Honourable Faith Muthambi sends her deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the late Sowetan’s Limpopo bureau veteran photo-journalist, Elijar Mushiana.
Mushiana died aged 41 on Sunday, July 27 2014 at Medi-Clinic in Polokwane after a short-illness.
Minister Muthambi said: “It is with sadness that I learnt of the death of a stalwart in the field of journalism. Mushiana was a man of substance, who earned respect of everyone through his consummate photo-journalism not only in Limpopo, but also across South Africa.
“The Journalism industry and South Africa as a whole have lost a truly remarkable man. “We send
our heartfelt and deepest sympathy to the family, friends and his colleagues.
The Minister said Mushiana was a guiding light to many young people who wanted to pursue a career in Journalism
“Through his excellent work as photo journalist; he demonstrated that there was a room for the industry to play a role of being a facilitator of development in our country.
“He was a unique photo journalist who was able to express what a thousand words cannot. Mushiana was reliable and competent, but it was his hard work that made him a supreme photo- journalist, who devoted his entire life to the media industry.
“Sadly he is no longer with us, but like others in our pioneer generation his contributions will never be forgotten,” she said.
Before joining Sowetan, Mushiana worked as a correspondent of the Limpopo Mirror in the Vhembe District, Limpopo.
In 2012, Mushiana won the prestigious Sowetan Photographer of the Year award two years after he was elected as the fourth chairperson of the Vhembe Journalist Forum.
Mushiana described the winning of the Photographer of the Year Award as a culmination of his efforts over the past 20 years in the industry.
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Issued by: Department of Communications