Emotional farewell for Alyce Chavunduka

HARARE - Alyce Chavunduka, the former ZBC and SABC news anchor,  was laid to rest at the Glen Forest Cemetery yesterday afternoon.

The late Chavunduka, who died on January 5, was described by her brother Themba Davis as a talented person who was sociable and hard-working.

Chavunduka suffered an epileptic seizure in her South Africa home a week before her death.

“Alyce had an outgoing personality, she was determined to set her path on an illustrious career in the media,” he said.

Davis said his sister’s determination led to being the first black TV news presenter in Zimbabwe and South Africa.

“Alyce was not only the first black news presenter here in Zimbabwe, she was also the first black African presenter in South Africa,” he said.

Chris Mbanga, the family’s spokesperson, described Alyce as a strong-minded feminist who never got married in her lifetime.

“She was a focused person who never wanted hassles from anyone hence she was never married, she had no child during her lifetime,” he said.

Veteran broadcaster Admire Taderera said Chavunduka was a star and a cornerstone of broadcasting in Zimbabwe.

He said he first met her in the 90s at the then Radio 3 and said she was eager to learn.

“We first met in the 90s. She was young and with her talent ,she quickly climbed the ladder of broadcasting and became a news presenter,” Taderera said.

“We have lost an important person in the broadcasting industry. It’s so sad that we have lost one of our finest broadcasters.”

Davis, said he was happy that she managed to make it into the ranks of what he called “Chavunduka firsts”.

She was daughter to the late Gordon Chavunduka who was the first medical sociologist and professor of sociology.

The Chavunduka family produced luminaries including Dexter the first veterinary surgeon, Sarah Kachingwe, the first black woman to graduate at the University of Zimbabwe and the late Mark Chavunduka, who made his mark in journalism.

Comments (11)

Rest in peace sister,will be greatly missed.

ZIM DIRECT - 14 January 2014

May her soul rest in eternal peace.

tk - 14 January 2014

Why wasnt she buried in South Africa?

godfrey gudo - 14 January 2014

what a wonderful family of achievers. May her soul rest in peace.

mukanya - 14 January 2014

May Her Soul Rest in Eternal peace. Just a Correction to the Brother who said that she was the first Black Woman Tv News Presenter in Zimbabwe; Well she was not the First Black TV News Presenter in Zimbabwe. The First Black Woman TV Presenter was Mandisa Popuraly Know as Mandy Mundawarara who actually started during the Zimbabwe-Rhodesia era. She was then followed by Busi Chindove (Nee Ncube) and then the likes of Eunice Goto, Millicent Mombeshora (Nee Buzuzu) Veronica Vera. So Alyce was the First in Independent South Africa but not in Zimbabwe. When Zimbabwe got is Independence she was only 10 years old; yet by the early Eighties

iioooo - 14 January 2014

@ Godfrey Gudo, why be buried in SA when she was Zimbabwean. It was her decision to be buried here, kumusha kwake. Like I am working in Iraq and I'm back home for the funeral. We all want to be buried here kumusha

Godfrey Tsoko - 14 January 2014

Mr Editor/writer please get your facts coreect first. Godfrey Gudo - Glen Forest Cemetry is in Zimbabwe not South Africa dont confuse readers. RIP Alyce

stombolo - 15 January 2014

@ stombola Get your facts right as well @ Godfrey Gudo did not say Alice was buried in South Africa .

kevin - 15 January 2014

@stombolo. Newewo tanga waverenga Godfrey Gudo asked a question, he did not say Glen Forest was in Zimbabwe.

jimallo - 15 January 2014

@IIoooo, Busi Chindove is Nee Mhlanga and Vera was called Tsitsi not Veronica. You also omitted Dorcas Chibanda amongst the early female news readers

Godfrey Tsoka - 15 January 2014

Am very sorry for all the relatives of Alyce, am really chocked to hear about her death,may her soul rest in internal peace amen.

Ntanda Silas - 5 September 2015

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