Alice Chavunduka dies

Alice Chavunduka, one of Zimbabwe’s most celebrated female radio and TV personalities, has passed on.

Alice Chavunduka
Alice Chavunduka

A former news anchor at the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation and the SABC, Chavunduka died on Sunday in Johannesburg , South Africa, following an epileptic seizure a week before.

She was reportedly discovered unconscious at her residence and rushed to hospital where she spent days in a comma.

Alice, the daughter of the late Professor Gordon Chavhunduka a renowned academic and former University of Zimbabwe Vice Chancellor, had earlier been involved in two serious accidents that are believed to have triggered epileptic seizures.

She was 46 at the time of her death. Mourners are gathered at the family home in Mount Pleasant, Harare, and information indicates that funeral arrangements are yet to be made.

After making her name at ZBC, Chavunduka moved to South Africa at 23 and made history by becoming the first female news anchor on SABC’s TV1 channel and subsequently became popular on the morning breakfast show, Good Morning South Africa.

At a tender 12, Chavunduka became a household name as the youngest radio presenter for ZBC’s then Radio 1 and Radio 3, graduating to news reading six years after.

After leaving SABC, she featured as a news presenter for Summit TV on MultiChoice’s DStv and also hosted the Alice Chavunduka Show on 94.7 Highveld Stereo.

She also worked as an M-Net presenter on Studio 53.

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