Dr Thandi Ndlovu dies in crash

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BONUS - RUSTENBURG - A woman who has been hailed as one of the change makers of South Africa, Dr Thandi Ndlovu was killed in a car accident here over the weekend.

The accident occurred at arount 06:00 on the N4 near the new Shell Ultra City on Saturday morning (24 August). According to police liaison officer, capt Elsabé Augoustides, Dr Ndlovu's vehicle was involved in a head-on collision with a Renault Duster. Her driver died on the scene and the critically injured Dr Ndlovu died after being transported to a hospital. it is alleged that Ndlovu was in the city for a funeral. The occupants of the Renault Duster, Arend Keulder (66) and his brother Joubert Keulder (63) also died in the crash. On Monday morning tributes continued for the medical doctor, esteemed businesswoman and Motheo Construction founder. Acting President David Mabuza, on behalf of government and the people of South Africa, conveyed his deepest condolences on Ndlovu's death. "Dr Ndlovu ran the fulcrum of the struggle for the liberation of South Africa, sacrificing her education to join the African National Congress and its military wing Umkhonto weSizwe at an early age. She later became a senior political commissar responsible for literacy and education and a military commander while exiled," Mabuza said in a statement issued by the presidency. Upon her return from exile, she ran a private medical practice and delivered medical services to a population of 200,000 people in informal settlements, before she established Motheo Construction – one of South Africa’s first leading black female-owned construction companies and leading provider of social housing in the country, the statement said.
Gauteng premier David Makhura, on behalf of the Gauteng and North West government, said Ndlovu had been "one of the brightest stars that illuminated our country’s path to freedom". He added that "South Africa has lost a compassionate patriot and highly impactful leader whose work positively influenced many sectors of society.” Earlier, the Businesswomen’s Association of South Africa (BWA) said it mourned the "shocking and tragic loss of our colleague, our friend, our sister, our mentor, a daughter, a partner, a trailblazer, a vibrant and fun spirit, and a formidable businesswoman". Ndlovu was a true inspiration to many who had the privilege to know and work with her. A fearless business leader, social activist, and a champion for the empowerment of women, among others, the BWA said in a statement. Ndlovu made a huge contribution to her community and the country. "Her passing is a great loss to the BWA family. Not only was she a former member of the board of the organisation, a past winner of the Businesswoman of the Year Awards, she was a constant source of guidance, mentorship, and support to the organisation." The BWA conveyed heartfelt condolences to her family, friends, and the business community on her passing. "May the deep sense of loss from her sudden departure become a light that will heal and inspire many. And may her soul rest in peace," the BWA said. The African National Congress said it "mourns the passing away of its cadre and outstanding businesswoman Thandi Ndlovu who met her tragic untimely death". Ndlovu was "not only a freedom fighter. She was also a fervent feminist who believed in women and empowered many," the ANC said in a statement.