Namibia mourns the immaculate Rademeyer: the truth, for its own sake.

The late Ronelle Rademeyer (56) has been praised for her immense contribution to the media industry, mainly for being part of the team that reviewed the current code of ethics, which paved the way for Namibia’s self-regulated press.

Rademeyer died Monday night after a battle with cancer.

The veteran writer began her career in the late 1990s, working for publications in South Africa before ending up at Republikein, an Afrikaans newspaper, where she became news editor.

Rademeyer was general secretary of the Namibia Editors’ Forum between 2017 and 2022 after illness forced her to retire prematurely from the Afrikaans newspaper, recalls the Southern African Editors’ Forum (SAEF).

Willie Mponda, president of SAEF, said Rademeyer was instrumental in organizing the 2018 EFN Journalism Awards to
2023, and in the stabilization of its finances.

“He did this by persuading Namibian industry executives to support good and ethical journalism, sponsoring cash prizes for awards and buying tables at awards ceremonies,” he said.

He added: “She will always be remembered for her dedication to journalism and the EFN, which she helped drive towards a chapter of exemplary self-regulation in the Southern African Development Community and on the continent.”

Sharing his grief, the Namibia Media Professionals Union (Nampu) said the late veteran journalist’s career was marked by an unwavering commitment to excellence. His dedication to his craft and his relentless pursuit of truth and
Fairness distinguished her as a model of journalistic integrity.

“She was a true professional, bringing depth and insight to every story she covered, and her contributions to the field of journalism in Namibia are immeasurable,” said Nampu acting secretary-general Jemima Beukes.

Beukes, a journalist for one of the local newspapers, highlighted that beyond her professional achievements, Rademeyer was a pillar of support and mentor to many, especially young journalists who were just beginning their careers.

“He had a remarkable ability to make everyone feel valued and included. Ronelle was always willing to offer guidance, whether it was consulting her colleagues on work and media issues, or sharing her extensive knowledge on various topics. Her willingness to help others and her generous spirit created an environment of learning and growth in the newsroom,” Beukes recalled.

She stated: “Kindness and understanding extended beyond his professional life. She was kind and approachable, always willing to listen or help. “Her empathy and genuine care for her colleagues made her a beloved figure in the media community.”

President Nangolo Mbumba said that in her various roles, including editor of Die Republikein and secretary general of EFN, Rademeyer was a passionate public interest journalist who played a key role in advancing the media and journalism landscape in Namibia.

“She will be remembered for her commitment to a culture of ethics in journalism and freedom of the press. Although the Presidency and the government have lost a valuable partner in the media landscape, we are comforted by Rademeyer’s invaluable contributions to the development of journalism and a professional press corps in Namibia,” said Mbumba.

Ministry of Agriculture spokesperson Jona Musheko said Rademeyer, as a specialist journalist covering agriculture for Republikein, made memorable contributions to the dissemination of information in the sector.

“We hope that their passion and commitment continue to inspire us all to continue informing the nation of Namibia with all our hearts,” he said.

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