MAHIKENG-Based community radio station manager, Noah Donald Lentswe was laid to rest at Tshidilamolomo village, outside Mahikeng on Saturday. More than 2000 mourners including Lentswe’s former colleagues attended the event.
Lentswe passed away on Wednesday last week at Bophelong Provincial Hospital in Mahikeng after a long illness.
The beleaguered Lentswe was suspended as Mahikeng FM station manager during the time of his death. Lentswe also worked at Radio Sunshine and another community radio station called Radio Teemaneng in Kimberley.
His former colleague at Mahikeng FM, Botho Masigo-Moepeng deemed Letswe as a fighter.
“We have learnt a lot from him. Lentswe was like a brother to us and always had the interest of staff at heart. He was always caring and responsible. Lentswe was also a visionary and will go extra miles to ensure that everything runs smoothly at the station,” Masigo-Moepeng said.
Lentswe’s childhood friend, Thabang Ditlamelo said he lost a brother.
“Our friendship with Lentswe developed into a brotherhood relationship. We know that when we refer to a friend, we mean a mutual relationship of affection, trust, cooperation, and support between the two. Lentswe had all of that and was a good friend which I considered true blessing.
“I was always comfortable in his company and he taught me how vital a friendship can be to our lives. We spent a delightful moments with him and we shared our emotions together,” Ditlamelo said.
National Community Radio Forum (NCRF) provincial chairperson, Tsholofelo Moepeng shared his sentiments. Moepeng said Lentswe touched many lives through his work.
“Lentswe has been a good man and he subjected himself to the collective discipline of the organization through his time as a member of NCRF. He never has fallen into the temptations of defining himself as an individual who was immune from iron disciple.
“Our generation could take a leaf out of Lentswe’s book and learn. The youth need to take a cue from Lentswe and as NCRF we want to see sustainability and independence in the community radio sector in South Africa. The community radio builds the grassroots democracy by mobilizing all communities to engage in their society through access to the airwaves and participation in the programming of radio stations,” Moepeng said.
Lentswe also studied Electrical Engineer at Northern Cape FET College. He is survived by his wife, Mpho and a son.-Newsnote