DAVE EMBERTON DIES

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2002

Dave Emberton, veteran Zimbabwean journalist and broadcaster died peacefully from heart failure with family at his side on Friday, near Durban, South Africa. He was 69.

He was a true and loyal friend and colleague who always had positive thoughts and a helping hand for others,” said Zimbabwe journalist Angus Shaw, a friend for 45 years. “Dave suffered agonising, deteriorating health in the past two years and will now be blessed at last with the peace he so rightly deserves.

DAVE-EMBERTON

He began his career as a broadcast reporter at Montrose Studios in Bulawayo and – among many other ground breaking achievements -pioneered the first live voice reports from the Hwange coal mining disaster in 1972, the worst in the country’s history, in which 426 miners died in a series of underground explosions.

He became the host of sports, music and general interest programmes. As the broadcast media advanced into television, he became a TV anchor and presenter – the role for which he is best known today as he continued on a part time basis on the ZTV nightly news right up until 2015.

After leaving full time work at the Zimbabwe state broadcaster, he joined media-related business ventures as an executive until taking up management responsibilities with the satellite TV provider DSTV, where he was a popular corporate team leader, a well-loved and compassionate ear and wise counsel to all friends and colleagues at DSTV for two decades until his retirement at yearend 2015.

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