It is a hard ask to eulogise and write an obituary for any man — to capture in words not just the biographical dates and key milestones that make a life, but to use words to distil and describe the essence of a person; their solemn moments filled with both small joys and sorrows, their quiet personal reflections and the unique qualities that illuminate one’s soul.

How much harder to do so for a man with so many qualities, a pioneer who led the way and inspired a new generation of black executives to conquer SA’s corporate boardrooms...

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