By Anathi Wulushe
The Sporting world was shocked and saddened by the passing of legendary sports broadcaster, Dumile Mateza, 62, on Tuesday evening, 01 February.
Popularity known as ‘Phesheya Phaya”, Mateza was born in Kareedouw in the Eastern Cape. In 1979 became a school teacher but never lasted in class as he joined the world of sport broadcasting at the SABC in the early and mid1980’s.
Mateza was a multi lingual radio and television broadcaster. He was a rugby, soccer and boxing commentator able to commentate in IsiXhosa, Afrikaans and English.
He was one of the SABC’s Afrikaans commentators during the 1995 Rugby World Cup which was played here in South Africa.
Mateza was a board member for Boxing South Africa (BSA) and former acting Chief Executive Officer of the South African National Boxing Control Commission (SANBCC).
The Mateza family issued a statement to honour the veteran broadcaster.
“Our beloved succumbed to cancer on February 1, 2022. His passing brings an end to a remarkable career in sports, news actuality, and magazine broadcasting. Dumile will be sorely missed by his wife, children, and extended family. The Mateza family would like to extend heartfelt gratitude to all who carried them during the time Dumile was fighting for his life. When a loved one passes on, we are never prepared for the pain and grief. Lala Ngoxolo Nala” Mateza family said.
NTU News sends its heartfelt condolences to the Mateza family.