Friends, family and colleagues gathered at Rhema Bible Church in Randburg

Friends, family and colleagues gathered at Rhema Bible Church in Randburg to pay their last respect to the late Top Billing presenter Simba Mhere.

Gauteng Sansui Summer Cup 2014The Top Billing presenter died in a car crash on William Nicol Drive in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Close friend Kady-Shay O’Bryan also died in the accident and police are now investigating a case of negligence against the driver of the car that collided into Mhere‘s car.

When The juice arrived at the memorial the mourners were greeted with directional signs with Psalms 27:3 quotes on it, “Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear:though war break out against me, even then I will be confident”.

Echoes of Josh Groban’s “You raise me up” can be heard in the background.

TV personality and a colleague Ursula Chikane of the late Simba Mhere delivered the opening speech by proclaiming that everyone gathered was there to celebrate Mhere’s spirit and his unadulterated love of life.

Just moments before the service began the lights went out and whispers of load shedding could be heard across the hall.

High school friends couldn’t stop tears saying Mhere was half man and half amazing, and family and school friends said they’ll miss the late Simba Mhere for his cheeky smile and his selfless love for others.

A close friend, Ann Pretorius, told mourners how the TV personality touched the lives of everyone he met.

ANC spokesperson, Zizi Kodwa and his co-presenter Jonathan Boynton-Lee reflected on Mhere‘s professionalism and love for his family.

Each speaker remembered the late television presenter as a man with drive for life and adventure.

Local band Mi Casa remembered Mhere in their own way by playing a song written especially for him.

Mhere was the youngest presenter at Top Billing, who stood out in a crowd of auditions in 2010. Since then he has become a role model to many.
Tributes are still being posted on social media as family members, colleagues, politicians and musicians remember the popular media personality

SABC 3 played an episode of Zaziwa hosted by Pearl Modiadie which Simba Mhere was a guest talking about music, life experiences, family and life.

After the show the played clips of him smiling and dancing at the background playing Beyonce’s song “I was here”.

Xolani Ngema

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