Anneke Blaise, editor of Tuis and Home magazines, has passed away…


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.

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.

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Here are some tributes to her on Social Media;

What a beautiful beautiful soul!

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;

Anneke Die Burger article

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12 thoughts on “Anneke Blaise, editor of Tuis and Home magazines, has passed away…

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  2. Lovely, inpiring, inviting, fresh, blessed with incredible talent and endless creativity, you added sunshine to my life and home. I will always remember you dearly and miss you greatly. Thank you Anneke. Tessie from Argentina.

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  4. What a shock I got to hear this very sad news. I adore Home magazine and have so for many years I will truly miss her beautiful smiling face at the beginning of each issue. Rest in peace beautiful soul I will miss you very much.

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  6. I will miss Anneke so much. Without her Milestone Kitchens would not be where it is today. She was gracious, patient and saw the best in people. Her wisdom and creativity were a huge inspiration to me.

  7. Anneke, jy was so n stylvolle, vol lewe, vriendelike mens wat ons almal inspireer met jou gawes van mooi maak en geniet. Rus in vrede – ons gaan jou baie mis.

  8. R.I.P. dear Anneke – too soon you sadly departed from us, and too much still undone in your career – with a heart filled with motivation, hands full of creativity and challenges open ahead…… BUT our Lord called you Home yesterday. You will be greatly missed and it was a huge blessing knowing you not just as a friend, but as my direct neighbour for a number of years. Your magazine Home/Tuis was absolutely outstanding and you a glamorous lady and always ready for a chat!! So hartseer – may your family be comforted by the love of God. Lots of love, Susan Bandli

  9. What sad news. I heard about it yesterday morning and even though I did not know Anneke personally, I had a little cry. I have every single issue of Home Magazine and will continue to buy it every month, and I have so enjoyed reading her opening piece in each mag. I will remember her for her beautiful smile and may that smile live in her loved ones’ hearts forever! RIP Anneke

  10. Anneke Blaise, a talented editor and a beautiful lady inside and out, will be sorely missed by all who have been lucky enough to work with and know her! To her wonderful family, friends and colleagues, wishing you strength during this sad time.

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