Edwin Dube, the deputy editor of the country’s leading business weekly Zimbabwe Independent, has died.
He was 37.
Dube died on the spot after his car collided with a heavy truck just outside Gweru on Monday night.
He joined the Zimbabwe Independent in May this year.
Alpha Media Holdings (AMH) group chief executive officer Raphael Khumalo said the news of Dube’s death in a car accident came as a big shock to all who knew him.
“Edwin was a very deep thinker who always had big ideas,” said Khumalo.
“In meetings, he always came out with thought-provoking ideas.
Yes, he had a unique voice but his ideas were always incisive, well-thought-out and called for action.
“He was not one to shout the answer but he always waited for the right moment to speak his mind.”
Khumalo said Dube died while plans were underway for him to train young people as sub editors.
He said Dube wanted the group to train its own sub-editors instead of recruiting from outside.
AMH editor-in-chief Vincent Kahiya said it was sad to lose a skilled journalist who had started to settle down and had begun building a new life in the capital.
“We have a paucity of skills in the media in this country and Edwin’s arrival in May had helped to mitigate the proficiency deficit,” said Kahiya.
“In Edwin, I have lost a dear friend and a source of wise counsel.”
Zimbabwe Independent editor Constantine Chimakure said Dube’s death had shocked the newsroom.
“Even though death is an immutable law of life, the passing-on of Edwin was devastating and shocking to our newsroom.
We have lost a team player, a firm and pragmatic journalist,” he said.
Media Institute of Southern Africa (Misa) Zimbabwe chapter national director Nhlanhla Ngwenya said the death of Dube had robbed the country of one of its most seasoned journalists.
“His death comes at a time when the country is in dire need of experienced journalists to train the young journalists that are coming through from colleges.
“As Misa, we have lost a colleague who only a few weeks ago hosted us in Bulawayo after our annual general meeting.
The memories of that event and his kindness still linger in our minds,” he said.
Zimbabwe Union of Journalists president Dumisani Sibanda said the media community had learnt with shock and sadness of the untimely passing away of one of the giants of the profession.
“The media community is poorer without him,” he said.
Sibanda described Dube as a fearless journalist who sought to expose corruption and other ills in society without fear or favour and did this in honest and ethical fashion.
“Apart from being a successful journalist, Edwin had distinguished himself as a successful young entrepreneur, running a cattle ranching operation and other business interests,” said Sibanda.
In a career spanning over a decade, Dube established himself as one of the best business and political reporters in the country, having honed his skills at The Chronicle in Bulawayo.
Dube rose to become editor of Trends magazine before being elevated to the post of senior assistant editor of The Chronicle.
He held a Master of Arts in Journalism and Media Studies from Cardiff University and a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Media Studies from the National University of Science and Technology.
He also held a Diploma in Mass Communication.
Dube is survived by his wife and three children.