UPDATE: More about her funeral arrangements at the bottom on this article.
UPDATE: The April 2014 issue of Home / Tuis is out now. Quite sad to see how they’ve dedicated this issue to her… You can read more about this issue, the last one she was part of, right here.
UPDATE: Wicus Pretorius has been appointed as new editor of Tuis and Home, starting June 2014. More information about him here.
This morning I woke up to the shocking news that editor Anneke Blaise has passed away, after being diagnosed with cancer in December.
RIP Anneke Blaise, stylish journalist and all-round fun lady. Memories of you? Forever young.
— Emile Joubert (@emilejoubert) February 17, 2014
Anneke was the massively popular editor of equally massively popular magazines Tuis and Home. It is indeed a very very sad day in the industry, and I wish her family and her staff, and readers, all the strength in the world in this difficult time.
In a moving tribute, the Tuis and Home teams, who also only heard of the news this morning, made their profile pictures on Social Media all black, and with only Anneke memorabilia.
Here are some tributes to her on Social Media;
Vir Anneke Blaise (in die woorde van Ernst van Heerden): “Dra saggies, gode, want die hart se porselein is… http://t.co/sLbMZks31N
— Karen Hart (@karen7hart) February 17, 2014
Hartseer om na 25 jaar van saamwerk en saamkuier die immer-stylvolle Anneke Blaise te groet. RIP Anneke. — Terena le Roux (@TerenaleRoux) February 17, 2014
Diepste medelye met familie, kollegas en vriende van @AnnekeBlaise en @Tuis/Home
— Esmaré Weideman (@eweideman) February 17, 2014
What a beautiful beautiful soul!
— Dale Niehaus (@dale_niehaus) April 20, 2013
— Beatrice MN (@BeatriceMN) July 10, 2013
— TuisHome_mag (@TuisHomeMag) August 29, 2013
— Rhoda Davids (@RhodaDavids) November 20, 2013
As I understand, the April 2014 issues of Tuis/Home is on deadline to go to print, and will thus be Anneke’s last issue with her unique touch of style and flair…
Media24 and Tuis/Home have released the following Afrikaans and English press releases with more information:
Een van Media24 se mees gerespekteerde en gewaardeerde kollegas, Anneke Blaise, redakteur van Tuis/Home, is Maandagoggend, 17 Februarie oorlede by haar huis in Durbanville ná sy in Desember met kanker gediagnoseer is.
“Ons is verslae om een van ons mees begaafde redakteurs te verloor. Anneke was nie net geliefd onder haar redaksie nie, maar ook onder haar lojale lesers. Onder Anneke se leiding het Tuis verskeie tydskriftoekenings gewen. Anneke se passie vir dekor en tuin, haar kreatiwiteit en ‘n instinktiewe insig in haar lesersmark was die rede hoekom dié tydskrif 10 jaar reeds op die voorpunt van die dekor-en-tuintydskrifmark kon bly,” sê Liezl de Swardt, hoofbestuurder Media24-vrouetydskrifte.
Marina Smith, Tuis/Home se uitgewer sê Anneke was een van daardie rare mense wat haarself in elke uitgawe gestort het. “Haar DNS is met die tydskrif verweef. Met haar unieke styl en ongelooflike oog vir ontwerp en dekor, kon sy daarin slaag om Tuis deel van elke huishouding te maak. Sy’t haar lesers geïnspireer om elke huis ‘n Tuis-huis te maak.”
Anneke Blaise (née Richter) is op 5 September 1961 gebore. Nadat sy ’n graad in drama en ’n hoër onderwysdiploma aan die Universiteit van die Vrystaat behaal het, het sy as verslaggewer by Volksblad in Bloemfontein begin werk. Ná ’n draai in die Seychelle as skakelbeampte vir Sun International het sy by Beeld se vroueblad aangesluit, waar sy later tot vroueredakteur gevorder het. Ná Beeld was sy by Die Burger en toe moderedakteur by SARIE.
Die eerste Tuis het in Junie 2004 verskyn en die eerste Home in Februarie 2005. Anneke is in September 2006 as redakteur aangestel. Sy was ook een van die medeskrywers van die boek Maak jou huis nuut/Complete Home Makeover.
Anneke word oorleef deur haar ma, Anna-Marie, broers Chris en Albert en dogter Guénola.
Begrafnisreëlings sal bekend gemaak word.
One of Media24’s most respected and esteemed colleagues, Anneke Blaise, editor of Tuis / Home, passed away at her home in Durbanville on Monday morning, 17 February after being diagnosed with cancer in December.
“We mourn the loss of one of our most talented editors. Anneke was not only loved by her editorial team, but also by her loyal readers. Under Anneke’s leadership, Tuis won several magazine awards. Anneke’s passion for décor and gardening, her creativity and an instinctive understanding of her readers were the reasons why the magazine remained at the forefront of the décor and gardening magazine market for 10 years,” says Liezl de Swardt, general manager of Media24 women’s interest division.
Marina Smith, Tuis / Home’s publisher, says Anneke was one of those rare people who poured herself into every issue. “Her DNA was intertwined with the magazine. With her unique style and eye for design and décor, she managed to make Tuis / Home part of every household. She inspired her readers to make every house a Tuis home.”
Anneke Blaise (nee Richter) was born on 5 September 1961. After obtaining a degree in drama and a diploma in higher education at the University of the Free State, she worked as a reporter for Volksblad in Bloemfontein. After a stint in the Seychelles as public relations manager for Sun International, she joined the women’s section of Beeld newspaper, where she was later promoted to women’s editor. From there she moved to Die Burger and then on to Sarie, where she became fashion editor.
The first issue of Tuis was published in June 2004 and the first issue of Home in February 2005. Anneke was appointed editor in September 2006. She was also one of the co-authors of the book Maak jou huis nuut/Complete Home Makeover.
Anneke is survived by her mother, Anna-Marie, brothers Chris and Albert and her daughter Guénola.
Funeral arrangements will be announced.
*I didn’t publish about Tuis and Home magazines regularly on my blog, but purely because it’s humanly impossible for me to publish about all magazines published in South Africa with every issue, but I am a reader and fan of them, and the work of Anneke.
Funeral arrangements and article as appeared in Die Burger, 19 February 2014;