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OBITUARY | He forgot an Olympian’s name, but SA won’t forget ...



OBITUARY | He forgot an Olympian’s name, but SA won’t forget Dumile Mateza

The larger than life sports commentator with a distinctive accent has lost his battle with cancer

Sports reporter

Dumile Mateza, who died on Tuesday at the age of 62 after battling cancer, possessed a unique voice and pronunciation that made him instantly recognisable as a commentator.

He became famous countrywide at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics — SA’s first Games back after three decades of isolation — for a gaffe he dished up on SABC TV during the opening ceremony.

As the team of one nation walked onto the track during the march-by, the camera focused on a few athletes and Mateza asked in his poetic manner: “Who can ever forget the name of this well-known athlete?” and proceeded to forget his name...

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