Peers honour the late MEC
09:05 (GMT+2), Fri , 01 July 2016

Riana Joubert

Contemporaries and peers of the late MEC for Agriculture, Joy Matshoge, have only fond memories of the member of the Limpopo Executive Council.
The 55-year-old Matshoge died in a single vehicle accident on the N1 between Mokopane and Mookgophong recently. A burst tyre is believed to have caused the accident.
A memorial service was held at the Jack Botes Hall in Polokwane on Wednesday, 29 June in her honour.
During the service, her daughter, Kgontse, paid a moving tribute, saying her mother loved all people equally. “Mama, you were magic.  Our mother was Joy,” she said. “She had no time for tears or weaknesses.  Although she had tough love,  she had a forgiving heart.”
The service, arranged by the ANC, was attended by prominent members of the congress, including Deputy Minister of Agriculture Bheki Cele, Premier Stanley Mathabatha and the Mayor of Modimolle, Meisie Lekalakala. Earlier, AgriEco also spoke to some of the late MEC’s contemporaries, who hold her in high regard.
 Ted Muhajir, Anglo Platinum Head of Social Performance, told AgriEco he knew the MEC through work but also in a personal capacity.  “She was the type of person you could rely on, no matter what.
“She believed in being on time and was always well prepared.”
He described the late Matshoge as dedicated to the things she held dear. “Joy was firm in her beliefs and always pursued the plight of women especially.
“One thing I admired about her a lot was that she never ‘switched off’, she kept going no matter what,” Muhajir said.
“To her family I would like to say, you should be proud to have had her in your lives. She blessed and touched every life she came across and we are all better for it,” Muhajir said.
Spokesperson for the Premier, Kenneth Mathivah, knew the MEC for a decade, and says her name, Joy, describes who she was.
“I never knew her to be a woman who was not full of joy and she spread it to everyone she met.
“She had a beautiful voice and was never shy to use it when we were at an event and needed someone to lead us in song,” he said.
He described her as well informed and knowledgeable. “She knew a lot about many things, and with her voice gone now, we have all lost a great deal. “She was irreplaceable to say the least,” he said. 

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