Not just another “dead Sowetan”

Michael Tshehla Phahlane: The indestructible jazz journalist

Michael Tshehla Phahlane, the man who gave Soweto its name back in 1963, slipped away quietly earlier this month without a single mention in local media despite the fact that he was the real doyen of black South African journalism and one of its finest wordsmiths.Only the Sowetan carried a 31-word funeral notice accompanied by the standard black and white photo of Phahlane in the weekly In Memoriam section.

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