Potatoes SA mourns death of its transformation manager

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Nomvula Xaba (46), Potatoes SA’s transformation manager, passed away on 29 May due to lung complications brought on by Covid 19.

“Her untimely death is a great loss, not only to her family and loved ones, but also to us as her colleagues,” said Willie Jacobs, CEO of Potatoes SA. “Nomvula was a pillar of strength in our team, a leader who was both respected, admired and much loved.”

Nomvula passed away two days before the celebration of her twelfth work anniversary at Potatoes SA. Jacobs praised her for being an excellent professional and wonderful human being.

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A mentor and scholar

In 2017 she obtained a master’s degree in sustainable agriculture from the University of the Free State. Prior to this, she also obtained a B.Com degree in logistics, materials and supply chain management from Unisa as well as a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

“Nomvula truly was a mentor in her own right, always willing to share knowledge and uplift those around her. Her encouragement and support inspired the rest of the Potatoes SA family to achieve more and unlock our potential,” Jacobs said. “Her faith was unwavering, and her humility before God was a shining example for us all.”

“We are deeply saddened to bid her farewell, because her passing has left a void in our hearts that can never be filled. Her smile, laughter and sense of humour were infectious and always lifted our spirits.”

Jacobs, on behalf of the Potatoes SA team, expressed condolences towards Nomvula’s family, friends, loved ones and the potato community as a whole.

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“Her deep bond with her family was always evident, and we know how much they meant to her,” Jacobs said. “But we take comfort in knowing that she has left a legacy in the potato industry and in the hearts of her colleagues and friends. Rest in God’s peace, Nomvula. We miss you. You will always be remembered and cherished.”

Plaas Media also wishes to extend its condolences and sympathy to Nomvula’s loved ones, colleagues and friends. She was a regular contributor to CHIPS magazine, and her inspirational work in the field and her contributions to the magazine will be missed. – Susan Marais, Plaas Media

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