Reaction kept pouring in following the tragic, shocking and unexpected death of eNCA’s (DStv 403) news boss Ben Stated who drowned in a tragic accident in Mozambique on Monday afternoon while on vacation:
Philip Owira mentioned “I worked below the leadership and guidance of Ben Stated for more than a decade. In South Africa he generally permitted me to push the boundaries in terms of story telling. He gave our compact eNews Late Edition group in Cape Town the freedom to generate a bulletin in an unconventional way.”
Mpho Lakaje mentioned “I cannot think my former editor at eNCA Ben Stated has passed on. What an remarkable journalist and human becoming. Rest In Peace my dear brother.”
Sharon Ogunleye mentioned “I worked with your group for a quick though. You never ever mentioned no to any of my story suggestions. You had been a quiet man but you produced a big influence.I was inspired every single time you went to the field. Your writing style generally amazed me.”
Johnnie Isaac mentioned “We had the management of Patrick Conroy, Ben Stated, Mapi Mahlangu and other individuals. We feared Patrick for his no-nonsense method and located refuge in Ben’s gentleness.”
Samora Biko mentioned “I would never ever neglect the name Ben Stated. I worked with him in our early years at e.television at the time. A gentle giant. Soft spoken but loud. It is an absolute devastation what I hear and may possibly your loved ones obtain peace. RIP brother.”
Robyn Kriel mentioned “Devastated to hear about my former boss and buddy Ben Said’s passing. His poor loved ones. What a superb guy”.
Gaopalelwe Ditinti mentioned “I met him a couple of years ago with my sister who was at Juta shopping for textbooks. Ben Stated was outdoors with an eNCA or eNews camera and mic. A kid recognised his and yelled ‘Ben Stated, eNews, Pretoria!’ He smiled from ear to ear and was good to absolutely everyone who greeted him”.
Simon Stephens mentioned “I wept at the news then broke it” and that Ben Stated “was more than my shoulder in the manage space on Friday and we laughed about anything. His clubs are in my garage. Awful day”.
Shahan Ramikissoon mentioned “Ben Stated will forever be a person I appear up to for his fearless, outstanding journalism. His strong presence in our newsroom will be missed but we will never ever neglect anything he’s taught us”.
One particular of the most tough items I’ve had to do on air but I had to simply because we need to have to honour a person like Ben Stated. We spend tribute to a man who inspired courage. One particular of the greatest Television journalists. A poetic writer, fearless in his method to inform the truth. #RIPBenSaid pic.twitter.com/LkvWlDbMIe
— Shahan Ramkissoon (@ShahanR) August 27, 2019
Narissa Subramoney mentioned “Ben Stated told me I would have to fight for my suggestions simply because Television is cutthroat and absolutely everyone thinks their suggestions are improved. I replied that I would be in his workplace, fighting every day. He mentioned his door is generally open. He was fair in an unfair planet and sort in a cutthroat business”.
Karyn Maughan mentioned “Ben Stated persuaded eNCA to employ me when I was a punky-hunting newspaper reporter with black and pink hair and terrible dress sense. He was an outstanding, thoughtful journalist and a wonderful boss. I am devastated by his passing, and my heart breaks for his loved ones. This is beyond sad”.
Louis Oelofse mentioned “I am not positive what an immense influence Ben Stated has had on my life” and that he and Ben Stated the final couple of months frequently spoke about his plans for eNCA. “Ben was friendly, inspiring, a voice of explanation with a dry sense of humour. Hy was my buddy and 1 of the superior guys.”
Samkele Maseko mentioned “Farewell Ben Stated. You had been a wonderful listener, gave path and supplied leadership. You generally gave constructive criticism on one’s packages. You will be missed”.
Iman Rappetti mentioned “Ben, my darling, I will generally adore you. My heart cannot deal.”
Hopewell Chin’ono mentioned “I am gutted to hear of the tragic passing of my buddy and journalism colleague Ben Stated. We worked collectively on a lot of massive stories below the most tough of situations but his laughter generally broke the ice when there was worry”.
Derek van Dam mentioned “I am so saddened to hear this news of the passing of a wonderful colleague, fantastic journalist and superb mentor in the course of my time at eNCA in South Africa. He will be missed. Rest in peace Ben Stated”.
Twanji Kalula mentioned “Ben Stated intimidated the hell out of me when I joined eMedia as a young media particular person. I believed he was so sensible and talented, and wanted to be in the very same league someday”.
Paula Slier mentioned that she’s “shocked and deeply saddened to hear the tragic news about Ben Said’s passing. I saw Ben in the course of my final trip to South Africa a couple of weeks ago and was reminded once again of what a ideal gentleman and outstanding journalist he is – and will generally be remembered as”.
Kieran Burke mentioned “Heartbroken. We’ve lost an immense particular person. Ben Stated, I count myself fortunate to have recognized you. Rest effectively my buddy, till we meet once again”.
Chriselda Lewis mentioned “As a media practitioner, I am quite sad to hear this. We all had wonderful respect for Ben”.
Peter Ndoro mentioned “so sorry to hear this quite sad news. What a loss. My deepest condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with your entire loved ones”.
Chris Bishop mentioned “One particular of the ideal. Ben I shall never ever neglect you, nor your passion for the job”.
Marcelle Gordon mentioned “Ben was just starting to rev these journalistic engines in his new gig at eNCA and he was content to be dwelling. What a tragic loss”.
Robin Adams mentioned “My heart is so sore”.
The South African government in a statement on Tuesday mentioned that it “conveys its deepest condolences to the loved ones and mates on the passing away of journalist and eNCA director of news, Ben Stated”.
“The death of a journalist of Ben Said’s calibre tends to make the media profession poorer,” mentioned government spokesperson Phumla Williams. “The business, and in distinct journalists, plays a important part in shaping public discourse, equipping citizens with details, and strengthening the country’s democracy.”
The TRT Globe news channel in Turkey in a statement on Tuesday mentioned that “the news of Ben Said’s death has brought immense sadness to the whole TRT Globe loved ones. Ben Stated was an fantastic journalist and has inspired a lot of of us who had the honour of operating with him right here at TRT Globe. He played an important part in shaping the channel”.
Riyaad Minty mentioned “Ben Stated was a amazing journalist who generally had time to pass on his know-how to younger folks in the newsroom.”
Mapi Mhlangu mentioned “I am devastated. Ben Stated was a brilliant tv journalist and a ideal gentleman. He was group news editor when I served as head of assignments. I utilised to assign him and just marvel at his craft.Who can neglect the Marikana story told by means of vide footage?”
Bongiwe Zwane mentioned “What a boss! The ideal manager I have ever worked for. Following Jeremy Maggs advisable me for a reporter position, Ben Stated took a possibility and hired me. The rol you played in shaping my profession is immense. Broadcast journalism is poorer with out Ben”.
Annika Larsen mentioned “You had been so decent. Infuriatingly principled at instances. There is a song playing on the radio ideal now ‘Lean on me’. Often in our lives we all need to have a person to lean on. We leaned on you. Thank you”.
Simon Marks mentioned “Waking up in the United States to discover of the tragic death of Ben Stated, veteran of each eNCA and TRT Globe. A superior buddy to all at FSN, we’ll tremendously miss his wisdom, tips and untrammelled enthusiasm for wonderful stories. An massive loss to his loved ones, his mates and the business”.
Luyanda Maone mentioned “I worked with him at eNews for three years – principled, sort, thorough and quite soft-spoken. The planet is a poorer spot with out him in it.”
Kungawo Inga mentioned ” ‘Ben Stated, eNews, Johannesburg.’ I grew up loving that line. I’d even wait tilthe finish of a clip and say it collectively with him! He was the man who inspired me to fall in adore with and study journalism”.
Melanie Rice mentioned “It really is not surprising to see how a lot of lives Ben Stated touched and how a lot of young journalists he mentored. It really is devastating to realise how a lot of far more lives he would have changed by means of his leadership. His death is a big loss.”
Cathy Mohlahlana from Newzroom Afrika mentioned “What a tremendous loss to broadcast journalism. Ben was my manager and the 1 who recruited me to eNCA. He convinced me to give Television a attempt. Condolences to his loved ones. We will never ever neglect him”.
Patrick Conroy mentioned “Devastated at the passing of my buddy for 30 years. From students to radio and then Television. I cannot picture operating in media with out you Ben. All the achievements would not have been achievable with out you my buddy. You contributed so substantially to this nation. We will miss you tremendously.”
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