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Sudden death of Simba Mhere whom we loved so much!

Sudden death of a popular South African television presenter has sparked an outpouring of tributes from around the world.

He was the well-known presenter of the South African Broadcasting Corporation's biggest lifestyle programme Top Billing.

 

Thursday'sedition of the show charted Mr Mhere's life-changing journey to become an award-winning presenter and television personality.

Simbarash Mhere whose height and his strong muscles and skin was darker than any glancing touch of the sun could produce, a colour that turns heads as he walks into any room, and his deep and smooth voice melts the hearts of most women. Originally from Zimbabwe, Simba moved to Johannesburg when he was one year old. “My parents are missionaries and never had much, but they did everything they could for me. My mom started off as a secretary while my dad was on going on crusades.”  Simba attended Randpark High School and then went on to study Bachelor of commence in accounting at the University of Johannesburg.

Simba, captured the hearts of South Africans when he won the Top Billing Presenter search in 2010 and his adventure to new countries has been watched with excitement.
Mhere’s managerLorraine Maisel has described him as an extremely talented personwho was passionate and enthusiastic about his work and was on the way up. Mhere's co-presenter Jonathan Boynton-Lee says he was like a brother to him and they became very close while working together. “He was such a force of nature and incredibly talented person. This was going to be his year.”

Eight people died in the car crash in which Mhere, the son of missionary parents, was killedon Saturday morning on the N3 near the Marlboro off ramp. The driver of a vehicle that crashed into that of television presenter Simbarashe “Simba” Mhere would be charged with culpable homicide, Johannesburg Metro Police said on Saturday. The accident happened along William Nicol Drive after 5am, said spokesperson Superintendent Edna Mamonyane. “A VW Polo that had got off the N1 in Fourways, crossed over the middle island and crashed into Simba’s side. Simba was driving and the strong impact killed Simba and a passenger seated upfront,” said Mamonyane.Mhere was on his way to the Oliver Thambo International Airport to fly to Cape Town's J&B Met that afternoon. In 2013 Mhere was voted most stylist man in South Africa, and in 2014 favourite TV presenter.

Meanwhile, the SABC said on Saturday that Mhere will be remembered for his ability to captivate an audience. “He will be remembered mostly by his ability to captivateTop Billingaudiences by his powerful voice, liveliness and an unforgettable infectious smile,” spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said in a statement. “He has shown great commitment and performed his duties diligently as expected of him with so much zeal.” 

A memorial service for Simba Mhere will be held this Thursday, 5 February, at the Rhema Bible Church in Randburg from 15:00 to 17:00. The funeral will take place on Saturday, 7 February at the Rhema Bible Church in Randburg at 09:00, and he will be laid to rest at the Westpark Cemetery in Roosevelt Park. Tributes continue to pour in for Simba Mhere with Jonathan Boynton-Lee saying, "I can't believe my brother is gone". Jeannie D Top Billingpresenter said "we are beyond broken and sad. Simba Mhere whom we loved so much! Words fail us at this time but we just praying for his family and friends".

 

#RIP Simba Mhere...

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