My last conversation with Suna Venter

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Suna Venter

Yesterday the media industry especially those who work at the SABC were shocked when we received the news that colleague Suna Venter had passed away.

Suna and I worked at the same Radio station, RSG. She worked on the news and current affairs side, I work on the programming side. Our paths would cross often. Be it passing each other in the building, seeing each other in Melville’s 7de laan strip or outside broadcasts.

Unlike with other colleagues, Suna and I did not hang out after hours. I think we did it once in a group at the “woordfees” in Stellenbosch earlier this year. We were not friends but colleagues who spoke from time to time, our conversations would mostly be work related.

My last conversation with her recently, she phoned me on a Friday afternoon asking if I could do weekend sports wrap on the Monday morning show she worked on. The Monday morning I was running late and my phone was off. I was meant to be on air at 7:35am, I arrived in studio at 7:41. Suna in her unique way let me know she was not impressed… Later that morning when I listened to my voicemail I could hear the irritation in her voice, asking me in Afrikaans, “Jody Waar is jy!”

In my dealings with her I got the impression she believed in media freedom and giving a voice to the voiceless. The one thing I know about Suna though, she loved her job and was a journalist in the true sense of the word. She was not afraid to stand up to authority and going after a story no matter where, who or what it was.

It’s sad to lose a colleague and also to see the impact her death has on others.

Condolences to the family and loved ones.

Rest in Peace Suna Venter.

JH