The board of Safika regrets to announce the sudden death of their long-time colleague Emily Soomane who died of a stroke on Friday. Emily, 48, had worked with Safika since 1999 first as a tea lady then as a receptionist and accounts clerk.
Moss Ngoasheng, Safika’s chief executive said everyone at Safika was deeply saddened by Emily’s death. “She was a ray of sunshine around the office,” he said. “Emily was always cheerful and always willing to help a colleague. We will all miss her.”
Many of Safika’s staff paid tribute to Emily praising her warmth and good humour. Prabashni Naidoo who worked with Emily for ten years said: “She was the kind of person you looked forward to seeing every day. She was a very balanced person and was always smiling. She was always trying to better herself and always willing to learn. She started her Safika career as a tea lady and became a receptionist and accounts clerk and a very important member of the team.”
Emily’s colleague Flora Phiri worked side-by-side with her at Safika’s head office and said their work relationship had deepened into true friendship. “I will always remember her for her humanity and her cheerful and caring nature,” said Flora. “If someone was in trouble Emily would always be there for them.”
Connie Naude who worked with her since Emily joined the company said: “She was the kind of person who would compliment you on your clothes even if you had worn the same garment many times before. She always had a smile and kind word for everyone. She was always willing to go the extra mile in her work and equally willing to help others when they needed it. I will MISS her something terrible.”
Nomadlozi Mlotywa, an accounts assistant said: “Truly Safika has lost an icon. I met Emily in February and established a relationship with her as a friend, mother, advisor and colleague. With a smile she humbled herself to everyone young or old and will be missed by everyone. She was an angel.”
Executive secretary Singathwa Elise said: “I fondly called her Sis Em. Forever sweet. People who called the office often told me that just the sound of her voice made them feel better after a ‘bad’ day.”
Emily is survived by her husband Steven, daughters, Musa, 30 and Lerato, 22, her son Karabo 15, and grandchild, Amahle, six.
She will be buried at her home in Vosloosrus on Saturday September 29, 2012 at 11.00.