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Our father, Our Hero

He was a loving dad who was dedicated to building a family legacy that would last for generations.

On behalf of all the stokkie kids:

Papa Zoli

Words will never do justice to the infinite love and wisdom you sowed within us. Your love will always be a beacon shining upon us all and your wisdom a guiding force

You are a great part of us all and we will always carry and cherish your memory in our hearts. We will always think about you. We will talk fondly about you still

As per your example, we will always strive to be better than our former selves. You will never be forgotten because in our hearts you will live forever

Papa Zoli, thank you for being you… we are blessed to have had you in our lives

Until we meet again

Our beloved Uncle Zoli. As the saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child. Although we lost my dad only 2 years ago, I’m grateful knowing that he left behind people in my life who have offered the support and love that a father would. I am truly at a loss for words for the amount of gratitude I have for the kindness, generosity and PRAYER you sent our way during the most trying time of our lives. I was looking forward to the day that we would finally arrive home and you would get to meet Bogolo and enjoy her bubbly personality. But God had another plan. Instead of meeting you in person she can now enjoy the privilege and blessing of having you as one of her angels. Though we won’t get to see you in the physical form, what I know for sure is you are with us always. Say Hi to my dad for me. I have no doubt you are having a party up there in heaven.

Nhlamulo, Kamo and Bogolo

My loving husband

We met the first week of my arrival as a student at Fort Hare in 1976. You came looking for me at the women’s hostel; I didn’t know you and you didn’t know me. The reason you came looking for me was due to the fact that your brother Menzi saw me earlier and advised you that he saw the ideal candidate for you. I still say that I owe my marriage to Menzi…

Zoli, you loved your country and tried to do your bit to improve the quality of life of many South African’s in various forms. 

You believed in the strength of family. You would defend your family to death and firmly believed in family growth, bonds and loyalty.

You demonstrated the same care with my family. You always engaged with and loved my family as your own. You loved and had so much admiration for my father especially. You were devastated when he passed on and I loved you more for it.

To this day my family and siblings always know that they can count on you as a brother. That you are always willing to help should anyone ever needs help.

With our two sons carving their own paths, our immediate family grew stronger over the years. It then included two daughters, which I’m eternally grateful for. And of course our grandchildren, who were the lights of your life and who you loved so dearly.

Phumula ke manje Mtimande Bambolunye. Owakho Umsebenzi uwufezile. I am gutted though, I don’t know how to be alone anymore. You have been a good part of my life for longer than I have been alive.

Go well my love.

You and Siyanda and the greater family look kindly on us. Help us, guide us.

Our Brother,
in Business

A man of incorrigible generosity, contagious humor and kindness; a devoted husband, father, grandfather, a great brother, a cog in the brotherhood - The Kunene Brothers - that their father, Fortune Kunene, had forged before his departure, and now stands as a beacon and testimony to the possibilities and potential for indigenous entrepreneurship in our region

For me and my family as a whole, Zoli and Tilly, their children and indeed the entire Kunene Family, had become intertwined over the decades that we have been interacting, in sickness and in health, in sorrow and bereavement too, as we buried Tilly’s mother a few years ago, our grandson Vuyi Mini two years ago, and his father Bizzah Mini in May this year; but mostly in joy and celebration, here in South Africa and in Zimbabwe.


I have had the good fortune and privilege of working alongside Zoli Kunene within the telecommunications industry for 15 years or so and I have always known him to be a talented and astute businessman. His exemplary output has cemented his reputation as someone with integrity who sought to uplift and improve in all he did. He was especially passionate about centering black entrepreneurs in areas of innovation. We can view his life as an example to implement our vision for a more connected world. Personally, I am thankful for his enduring friendship. My sincere condolences to his wife, Thili and the rest of his family.


Reuben September


For, understandably, Zoli touched the lives of many, not least those of us here, albeit at an enforced physical distance, that have been brought together to mourn him in such unusual circumstances.


Mtimande liked to see other people progress.  Thank you Mtimande for the advisory role you played in my life and the people you have introduced me to. I appreciated your guidance.


Uncle Zoli, Siyabonga Baba…”Stupendous Gentleman!”…Rest In Peace…

Mlungisi Thulo and Family


Zol, Papa Zol, El Presidente and Ntanga to some …….. usizimele. Words fail us at such a time. We still had plans for Honolulu, you still had to receive the Father of the Year Award for the Umpteenth time – from the next generation.

Our hearts are heavy but we will forever be grateful for the opportunity to know you, to love you and to spend many joyful hours with you, Mama Thili and the family.

Go well Papa Zol, you were loved. Until we meet again.

Love your Stokkie family


You have fought a good fight Mtimande, you have finished the race and you have kept the faith. Go Well. Rest in peace
Baxolile Zwane


To Tilly and Family,
What can one say? A Big tree has fallen, we are left with beautiful memories of times spent together. Zoli is irreplaceable- Life goes on friend- May the Almighty envelope you with His strength, His grace,His compassion.
Lindiwe and Andrew Hendricks


Farewell, my man, my brother, friend and comrade, Zoli; with the ties that will forever bind us, even into the other world beyond us.

Ibbo Mandaza


To the Kunene Family ,
We want to express our sympathy and let you know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. Uncle Zoli is gone from our sight but never from our hearts.

Linono & Sy Ntuli


On behalf of my family I would like to thank God for the life of Zoli Kunene, aka Bhut Zoli or Mntimande Omkhulu to me and Malume to my children.

To know him you had to listen as he spoke of his family with absolute joy. His love for Sis Tilly, Maswazi and Siyanda was evident in our conversations. He respected and fully owned up to his role as the patriarch. In that role he embraced the Kunene clanfrom all corners of the world. 
Mntimande Omkhulu was my encourager. For every work role that I have had, he was most insistent that we must celebrate. He delighted in catching up whenever we could sit down and enjoy good food and wine! 
Bhut Zoli’s life impacted so many. I was once thanked by a young man in Washington DC whose life was changed by financial assistance he received from him. I felt honored to bask in reflection of his name.
Your place in our hearts Mntimande is secure. 
Kuwo wonke umndeni sithi uSomandla aniphe induduzo.
Bongi Kunene 

After Glow

Author Unknown

I’d like the memory of me
to be a happy one.
I’d like to leave an after glow
of smiles when life is done.
I’d like to leave an echo
whispering softly down the ways,
Of happy times and laughing times
and bright and sunny days.
I’d like the tears of those who grieve,
to dry before the sun
of happy memories that I leave when life is done 

May your Soul Rest In Peace Uncle Zoli. 
Masechaba Tekana

Bidding Farewell to a legend.

Until we meet again...

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:37