Harare, January 12, 2014 – The body of former Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) and South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) news anchor Alice Chavunduka arrived in Harare from Johannesburg, South Africa, last night ahead of burial at Glen Forest cemetery tomorrow afternoon.
Chavhunduka, who died in Johannesburg last Sunday, suffered an epileptic seizure at her home a week before her death.
Family spokesperson Mr Chris Mbanga told The Sunday Mail yesterday that the body had arrived aboard an Air Zimbabwe aeroplane around 9pm and was received by family members and several media practitioners.
“A church service will be held at the Anglican Cathedral at 1400 hrs before burial at Glen Forest Cemetery,” said Mr Mbanga.
“As a family, we are sad that we lost a kind, loving and wise person who was dedicated to uplifting the welfare of black people through her broadcasting skills. We would also like to thank her friends and family in South Africa who held a service for her.”
Chavhunduka was born in Harare and burst onto the airwaves at a tender age of 12, after ZBC recruited her as the country’s youngest presenter of a children’s radio programme.
In 1992, at the age of 23, she moved to South Africa and worked for Radio 702, but left after a brief stint. In February 1992, she made history by becoming the first black female news anchor on SABC’s TV1 channel and became popular on its breakfast show, Good Morning South Africa.
During her stay in South Africa, she was involved in two separate accidents, and the 2010 one caused her to have seizures that resulted in her death last Sunday.
Mourners are gathered at 40 Vieches Road, Mt Pleasant, Harare.