Pumeza Thembakazi Losi – A Gift to the World 31.01.1991 – 30.12.2013 | Allan Gray Orbis Foundation
Pumeza Thembakazi Losi – A Gift to the World 31.01.1991 – 30.12.2013

Pumeza Thembakazi Losi – A Gift to the World 31.01.1991 – 30.12.2013

Pumeza Thembakazi Losi 31.01.1991 – 30.12.2013
Pumeza Thembakazi Losi
31.01.1991 – 30.12.2013

Our Fellow and dear friend Thembi Losi passed away in Mozambique, on Monday, 30 December. Thembi was selected as a Candidate Allan Gray Fellow as a matriculant from Alexander Road High School, starting in 2009 and graduated from the Fellowship at the end of 2012. During this time she completed her Bachelor Business Science (Economics) at the University of Cape Town. Thembi was selected for the Rand Merchant Bank Graduate Programme.

Thembi was a beautiful human being. Those who were close to her, will bear testament that she embodied the now famous quote; “when we shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same”. Her light and radiance, her warm and heartfelt smile and her authentic approach made even the briefest encounter feel like a special gift. Her manner was filled with love and she made those that she engaged with feel like they could accomplish anything. Her humility and respect for others was truly remarkable.

Thembi also carried immense passion for South Africa and the Africa continent as a whole. Her intention to affect change made it clear that she was destined to make a significant contribution. She had already in her short career been selected for the South Africa Washington Internship Programme in 2011, studied a summer course at the London School of Economics in 2012 and was first runner up in the 2013 Old Mutual Nedbank National Budget Speech Competition. Although Thembi won’t live to see her vision realised, we believe that her life and death have changed the lives of those whom she had touched.

Thembi will be remembered as someone who absolutely LIVED. She lived every moment full of joy, gratitude and purpose and she encouraged people around her to be unrelenting in their pursuit of fulfilling their purpose. Thembi will also be remembered for her strong faith – she firmly believed that hands that served were holier than lips that prayed – her life was therefore one of service to those around her.

Thembi was a gift to us all. Her untimely death is mourned by many and our heartfelt condolences go out to all that knew and loved her. The Foundation particularly grieves her untimely passing and celebrates the full and wonderful life that she lived. We hope that our continued pursuit, as a community; to affect positive change, will honour Thembi’s life.



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  • barefootmedstudent 01/01/2014 at 7:53 pm

    What a blessing it was to know Thembi, and what an asset to anyone who chose to support her. May all her friends strive to further her legacy.

    • Phindiswa Mcoyana 13/01/2014 at 11:11 am

      Wow Allan Gray Orbis Foundation, what a beautiful message to honour Thembi. I didn’t know her, I only knew her mom and family. She was such a remarkable young lady. I was so inspired at her funeral. All that beautiful work in such a short time. She was an angel indeed and I got a wake up call at her memorial service. The funeral was so peaceful and dignified. I’m still inspired. l have no doubt, she’s at peace.

  • Asanda Magaqa 02/01/2014 at 10:12 pm

    Thank you for honoring our Thembi with this amazing tribute. She was a beautiful person, with the most wonderful spirit. I met her in her matric year- when she won a speech competition (Sowetan-Anglo-American Young Communicators awards) which I won in 2000. I was extremely proud to be a part of her life since then, and be able to bear witness to her coming into being into a formidable young woman, and someone I viewed to be an integral part of the South Africa of the future. Thank you Allan Gray Orbis Foundation for seeing what some of us saw in her earlier, and for making her life worthwhile. May you endeavour to invest in many more Thembi’s in future.

  • Keagile Shole 04/01/2014 at 4:56 pm

    Shocked. I Knew her through the Nedbank Competition. So intelligent she was. Rest in Peace.

  • Lesedi Kgaka 07/01/2014 at 2:27 pm

    In the few encounters I had with Thembi I was always challenged and inspired to follow my purpose on this earth as she had so much passion for her calling. She always strived for excellence and a true understanding of who she was and who she dreamed of becoming. She was such a beautiful soul and I will continue to remember her on this amazing journey of life.

  • Siphelele Lugayeni 08/01/2014 at 12:40 am

    We will miss her. Thembi epitomised the saying ‘Carpe Diem’. Few have lived the way that she has and I for one will never forget the verve for life that she exuded. Rest In Peace sisi.

  • Gcobisa Sotashe 09/01/2014 at 10:56 am

    My Dear friend. You were a blessing to everyone who was privileged to have an encounter with you. Your ever radiant smile did not only light up a room but lit up the hearts of those whose lives you touched. Your zest for life and trill for adventure inspired those around you and how genuine you were with others made us all feel loved and appreciated. You were one of the most beautiful soul I had met and I am great full you didn’t just open up your heart to me as a Fellow only but as a friend and a sister. I was really looking forward to having you with me in Johannesburg but I know you will be smiling down on me from above. I am confident the heavens are in awe of all you have on earth with the little time you had, you have touched hearts and have inspired. You have excelled and above all have kept the Lord as your guiding light in all spheres of your life. You leave a legacy behind you of living life large and grabbing it by the horns. Hamba kakhuhle Sisi…

  • Fadzai Chitiyo 14/01/2014 at 3:04 pm

    A truly remarkable individual. You will be sorely missed Thembi Losi.

  • ben 27/01/2014 at 1:51 am

    so young yet she had done so much already.Thembi was not afraid to triumph.indeed she lived and left this world a better place.you will be dearly missed.rnrnRIP Friend

  • Uct student 31/01/2014 at 7:09 pm

    So shocked. I did not know her personally, although I often saw her on campus. Her beauty really radiated and she always stood out as a warm person. May she rest in peace.

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