Ex-CSC man­ager Madonko dies at 65

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Bianca Mlilo

FOR­MER Cold Stor­age Com­pany (CSC) deputy gen­eral man­ager in charge of op­er­a­tions Thole Madonko has died. He was 65. His daugh­ter, Nom­bulelo told Busi­ness Chron­i­cle that her fa­ther, who was di­a­betic, had been un­well for some time. She said he was found dead in his bed­room by their maid yes­ter­day morn­ing.

“Our maid went into his room to give him some tea and dis­cov­ered that he wasn’t re­spond­ing be­fore call­ing me. I then called an am­bu­lance. Upon ar­rival the am­bu­lance crew pro­nounced him dead,” said Nom­bulelo.

The late Madonko was born in Bu­l­awayo on July 18, 1951 and was the sec­ond born in a fam­ily of six.

He did his pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion at Mziny­athini Pri­mary School in Mata­bele­land South be­fore at­tend­ing Cyrene High School in the same prov­ince for his sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion.

Af­ter his sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion, he left the coun­try for his ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion at Leipzig Uni­ver­sity in Ger­many.

Upon fin­ish­ing his ter­tiary stud­ies, he came back home and got his first job at Agri­tex. He then moved to CSC where he worked as deputy gen­eral man­ager (op­er­a­tions) in the 1980s be­fore quitting to pur­sue per­sonal busi­ness in­ter­ests in 1993.

He once served as act­ing gen­eral man­ager at the coun­try’s largest meat pro­ces­sor and mar­keter.

His cousin Ntombizami Ndlovu said they learnt of their un­cle’s death with shock and de­scribed him as the fam­ily’s pil­lar of strength.

She said her un­cle was an avid gar­dener and a well-read in­tel­lec­tual who loved his fam­ily and en­joyed spend­ing time with them.

“He was a gen­er­ous man who never com­plained and there was never a sin­gle mo­ment when he was un­der the weather even dur­ing the loss of his eye­sight,” she said.

“We’re shattered be­cause we never thought this would hap­pen, see­ing that his eye op­er­a­tion had been suc­cess­fully done. We were look­ing for­ward to see­ing him walk­ing around the yard pulling his hosepipe.”

He is sur­vived by Nom­bulelo and son Vulindlela.

Mourn­ers are gath­ered at 136 Colne Road, Mat­sheumhlophe. -@Bian­caMlilo

The late Thole Madonko

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