He was a loving dad who was dedicated to building a family legacy that would last for generations.
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
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.
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.
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.
Farewell, my man, my brother, friend and comrade, Zoli; with the ties that will forever bind us, even into the other world beyond us.
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.
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
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