Mzansi Shattered As Former Kaya FM Host Dr Sindi Van Zyl Dies

Dr Sindi/Photo File: Twitter

The household of widespread Johannesburg physician and DJ Sindi van Zyl introduced her loss of life on Saturday. The former Kaya FM presenter, who had been in hospital since February after being recognized with Covid-19, was unable to have fun her forty fifth birthday per week in the past.

The household assertion mentioned: “The Van Zyl family humbly thank everyone who stood together with them recently to help raise funds for Sindi’s hospital bill, in addition to the national outpour of prayer, love and support for her.

“Sadly she passed away on Saturday morning April 10 in Johannesburg while in hospital. Affectionately known by her friends and family, she was a great doctor, true friend and sister. Her love for family, friends, work and community is well known.

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“Sindi always offered support and great advice to educate those around her. Not only was she a beacon of love and light on her Kaya FM show Sidebar with Sindi and all her social media platforms, but she genuinely loved and gave endlessly to all she knew with grace and kindness. She modelled the love and grace that she knew in Jesus.

“She leaves behind her dear husband Marinus and beautiful children, Nandi and Manie. The family humbly request that you respect their need for privacy as they go through this difficult period of grieving, and ask that you keep them in your prayers.

“They are deeply thankful for all the personal messages of love and support. They are felt and appreciated.”

The assertion mentioned particulars of a memorial service and funeral shall be confirmed at a later stage. A crowdfunding marketing campaign for Van Zyl’s medical payments raised greater than R1m after it emerged that she had no medical help when she was admitted to hospital in February, battling to breathe.

Every week in the past, Marinus van Zyl informed the Sunday Times he was overwhelmed by the response from the general public and company entities. “The truth is she was in between medical aids. She didn’t have medical aid when she fell ill. She was still trying to decide which one was best, and she’s the doctor in the home so we all left that to her,” he mentioned.

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Van Zyl gained reputation by means of her activism and speak exhibits, the latest of which was Sidebar with Sindi, throughout which she mentioned all the pieces from psychological well being to sexuality.

She introduced her resignation from the present final month on Twitter, sharing {a photograph} of herself on a ventilator. She has been a long-standing columnist for Bona journal, writing a column known as “Dear Dr Sindi”.

Van Zyl was additionally well-known for her use of social media to boost consciousness about HIV-related points, in addition to her Twitter thread on the well being implications of abusing headache tablets.

Marinus mentioned the household initially thought they’d handle her hospital prices, however as time went on the payments mounted and have become overwhelming.

“We thought money from mortgaging some of our properties would assist but it wasn’t enough. We needed help. This whole thing makes me so sad I want to cry, but I’m an Afrikaans man raised to be strong and that’s what I’ve been.

Marinus said the family was relying on prayer and faith to keep going, he said. “We are not unrealistic. She is very ill and we are aware of the possibilities,” he informed the Sunday Times.

“We want her back home but we know we might not get that. My children and I are always praying, and we hope to see her again on earth, not anywhere else. The children know it’s possible she may pass on, but they have not given up hope.”

Van Zyl was recognized with Covid-19 originally of the year and spent seven weeks in intensive care — at a value of as much as R200,000 per week.

According to her web site, Van Zyl was born and raised in Harare, Zimbabwe. Her mom was from KwaZulu-Natal and her father from Zimbabwe. She moved to SA to check drugs on the University of Pretoria.

“Today Dr Sindi is multi-passioned with medicine as her first love, radio broadcasting her second love and a combination of social media and writing a close third,” her web site says.

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