Tuesday, February 3, 2015

BREAKING. Simba Mhere's memorial service and funeral will be streamed live online on Thursday afternoon and on Saturday morning.

Simba Mhere's memorial service on Thursday and his funeral on Saturday will both be live streamed for viewers who want to follow it on the YouTube channels of both the SABC's news service, SABC News, as well as SABC3.

Simba Mhere died on impact together with his friend Kady-Shay O'Bryan early on Saturday morning when a car crashed into the driver's side of the vehicle Simba Mhere was driving on William Nicol Road near the N1.

The SABC just confirmed that the Top Billing presenter's memorial service and funeral will both be live streamed on SABC News as well as on SABC3.With TV cameras there it makes it very likely that the memorial service will also be shown live on the SABC News (DStv 404) channel on Thursday afternoon.

Simba Mhere's memorial service hosted by the SABC will be taking place this coming Thursday afternoon, 5 February, between 15:00 and 17:00 at the Rhema Bible Church North in Hans Schoeman Street in Randburg.

Simba Mhere's funeral service will take place this coming Saturday, 7 February, also at the Rhema Bible Church North between 09:00 and 11:00. He will be buried at Westpark Cemetery in Roosevelt Park.

The SABC's live stream of the memorial service of the late Morning Live presenter Vuyo Mbuli in May 2013 clocked record viewership, and has made it the SABC's most watched online event since the public broadcaster started streaming live events through the internet.

On Thursday and on Saturday, viewers will be able to follow Simba Mhere's memorial and funeral live streams at www.youtube.com/sabcdigitalnews and www.youtube.com/sabc3.

On Thursday morning Top Billing presenter Jonathan Boynton-Lee will talk on SABC3's Expresso breakfast show about Simba Mhere to share his grief,memories and to honour his friend.

On Thursday evening on SABC3 at 20:30 Top Billing will broadcast a special tribute episode to Simba Mhere.

Simba Mhere's family have requested that rather than flowers, donations be made to the JAM charity organisation. JAM feeds more than 1 million children daily.

When Simba Mhere moved to South Africa from Zimbabwe, he stayed at JAM since he was a 2 year old boy and grew up in the missionary, participating in several children's initiatives.

JAM's banking details for donations are:

Standard Bank Acc # 021627045 
Randburg Branch # 018005,
Account name: JAM SA Donations,
Reference: Simba