Gauteng Premier David Makhura has announced that the legendary jazz Legend Thandi Klassen will be honoured with a civic funeral.
Premier Makhura announced this during his visit to the Klaasen family to pay his condolences on behalf of the Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG), together with acting MEC for Sports, Arts Culture and Recreation, Nandi Mayathula-Khoza.
Premier Makhura described Klassen as a musical icon and a great figure in the cultural landscape of South Africa, and the continent at large.
“We’re very pleased that the City of Ekurhuleni has agreed with the family on an official civic funeral… The province will be working with working with the city and family to make sure that we give her a deserving farewell of a hero of our country,” Premier Makhura said.
“She left a big footprint which cannot be erased by any strong winds, and it was through music and arts that she contributed enormously to the struggle for freedom,” he added.
Lorraine Klassen, jazz singer and Thandi’s daughter said: “We are humbled for her to get this fitting funeral. I don’t think any of us expected it as my mother didn’t do what she did expecting something in return.”
She described her mother as a humble person who lived a simple life, and also said that Thandi Klassen’s heart was a big as the continent of Africa, and that they were not really sad but celebrating a life.
MEC Mayathula-Khoza said that Klaasen was a giant amongst giants and she was happy that she left a legacy for South Africa to remember the struggles of their fore-fathers.
Details for Thandi Klassen’s memorial service and funeral are as follows:
- Memorial service: 25 January 2017, at Germinston City Hall from 12h00 until 17h00
- Special musical tribute: 26 January 2017, at Baseline, Newtown, from 12h00 until 15h00
- Funeral: 27 January, service starts at 8h00 at D.J Thomas Hall at Eden Park, Alberton and will proceed to South Park cemetery at 11h30