Media24 mourns ‘father figure’ Gerwel

2012-11-28 14:09
Media24 says it is devastated by the death of its “wonderful” chairperson Professor Jakes Gerwel.

The company’s CEO, Esmaré Weideman, said in a message to all staff today that Gerwel was “not only a wonderful chairman, but a true mentor”.

“His quiet yet incisive leadership and insight into the media – and Media24 in particular – grounded us all,” Weideman said.

“The first thing he always asked me, in our regular chats, was ‘And how are the people?’ He really loved this company. We have lost a father figure.”

Gerwel served as Media24 chairperson from 2007. He also served on parent company Naspers’s board of directors and had chaired Welkom Yizani, Media24’s black empowerment partner, since it was launched in 2006.

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