Ar­gus pho­tog­ra­pher drowns

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - BIANCA CA­PA­ZO­RIO

WEEK­END Ar­gus news pho­tog­ra­pher Mxolisi Madela drowned yes­ter­day dur­ing a pic­nic at the Berg River near Paarl.

Madela, 24, also known as “Whitey”, had worked for Independent News­pa­pers Cape since 2007.

Metro EMS spokes­woman Keri Davids said that there had been two con­firmed drown­ings at the Berg River yes­ter­day.

De­tails of Madela’s death are sketchy.

As a child at the Sakhumzi Youth Cen­tre Or­phan­age in Mfu­leni, Madela was one of 15 chil­dren men­tored by the late Garth Stead at the Icon School of Photography.

As a pho­tog­ra­pher for Week­end Ar­gus, the Cape Ar­gus and the Cape Times, Madela cov­ered ma­jor sto­ries and court cases, in­clud­ing the trial of Thandi Maqubela, charged with the mur­der of her hus­band, Jus­tice Pa­trick Maqubela.

Ian Lands­berg, pic­tures editor for the three Independent ti­tles, said of Madela: “He was such a tal­ented young pho­tog­ra­pher, with a knack for get­ting pic­tures that could re­ally tell a story.”

Independent News­pa­pers Cape man­ag­ing editor Mar­tine Barker said: “We are dev­as­tated to hear of Whitey’s tragic ac­ci­dent. He was a much loved col­league who had a very bright fu­ture ahead of him as an ex­cel­lent news pho­tog­ra­pher. Our thoughts go out to his loved ones.”

Mxolisi Madela

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