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Wednesday, July 29, 2009


Tribute from Keith van Wyk who worked with her on many radio productions.

This is a tribute to Monica Fairall from Keith van Wyk who worked with her on numerous SABC radio productions over the years, including her well-known “Durban After Dark” programme.

I remember one of our earliest Outside Broadcasts: on board the QE2. Whether Monica was interviewing the diesel mechanic from the engine room below or the Captain of the QE2, she had the skilful quality and ability to draw out the best from her interviewees. This was Monica at her best – all for the sake of her listeners.

Each and every listener mattered to Monica. And I could see that from the manner in which she put so much work into her preparation

I’ve never met a princess or a queen but in Monica, I met both. A Princess because of her outer and inner beauty. Yet in Monica, I also met a Queen because of her graciousness. Monica was the epitome of graciousness.

We’ll miss you very much, Monica. – Keith van Wyk