‘Towering’ figure in South African gaming dies

The former group CEO of Tsogo Sun, the big South African casino operating company, Jabu Mabuza, has died of complications from Covid-19 at the age of 69.

“Mabuza was a towering figure in the South African industry. He held a number of high-profile roles in the business and tourism sector, including leadership roles at Multichoice, Eskom and the South African Tourism Board.”

Sadly, the Jabu Mabuza, who often donned a fedora hat, neatly trimmed grey beard and untucked shirts around his round belly, breathes no more.

The baritone voice of this short strong man has been muted by what has been deemed as Covid complications. Mabuza (63) sailed to the celestial shores on Wednesday, 16 June, a historic day commemorating the youth of 1976 in South Africa.

Although he was physically deprived from a height perspective, Mabuza was what the Nguni people would refer to as “Mdengentonga”, meaning short physically but tall in achievements.

Mabuza served in several capacities at Southern Sun, Tsogo Sun Holdings and Sun International.

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