The funeral service of the late veteran photo journalist Alf Kumalo will take place in Bryanston north of Johannesburg, today. Kumalo died last Sunday at the age of 82. He had been in and out of hospital this year following a fall.
The service will be held at the St Michael's Church in Bryanston north of Johannesburg. It will then proceed to the West Park Cemetery were Kumalo will finally be laid to rest.
Politicians, journalists and his former co-workers are expected to attend. Kumalo was closely associated with former president Nelson Mandela and ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.
Ten years ago he opened a photographic museum and institute at his former house in Soweto to share his photographic skills with young South Africans, especially young people.
Kumalo was born at Vrededorp in Johannesburg and made his name as a photographer for Drum Magazine. Among the awards that he received were the National Order of Ikamanga, Nat Nakasa and Vodacom Lifetime Achievement award.
Editor of The Star newspaper Makhudu Sefara said he will remember Kumalo for his humility. "Bra Alf is a very humble human being, even as he achieved national and world acclaimed he remained very humble to the core. You would meet him in the passages there at The Star building and talk to him about some of his achievement, he is is not like many of us mere mortals who think that because we have achieved certain things in life, we define ourselves a step above other people."