SA boxing loses media stalwarts
SA boxing has lost two media stalwarts who served the sport for many years.
Radio and television broadcaster Dan Setshedi and newspaper reporter Junior Motsei have died within days of each other.
Setshedi, known among boxers, friends and colleagues as “Oom Dan”, died last Saturday. He was 80 years old.
One of the pioneer sports presenters on SABC radio and television, he was inducted into the SA Breweries Hall of Fame for sports journalists.
Setshedi began his broadcasting career at Radio Bantu in 1964. He also worked at Radio Tswana and was an entertaining, popular and versatile presenter and commentator.
He moved into the SABC sports department in the 1970s where he excelled in football and boxing commentary, in particular. He was one of the radio commentators when Gerrie Coetzee fought Michael Dokes in a memorable heavyweight bout in Monte Carlo.
Boxing promoters often made use of his talents by appointing him as ring announcer for tournaments. He retired in 1991.
Motsei, a talented and popular reporter at The Sowetan, was also a pastor. He was a freelance journalist at City Press when he died in Soweto on Tuesday, allegedly as a result of a hit-and-run incident near his home.