KwaZulu-Natal Premier Nomusa Dube-Ncube has greeted with sadness the news of the passing of KwaSizabantu Mission founder, Reverend Erlo Stegen.
“I am deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Reverend Erlo Stegen, the founder of KwaSizabantu Mission. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family and the entire KwaZulu-Natal community during this time of mourning and reflection.
“Reverend Erlo Stegen's contributions to the spiritual, economic and social fabric of KwaZulu-Natal were immense, and his loss will be felt deeply by all those whose lives he touched. His dedication to his faith and his tireless efforts in promoting peace, unity, and compassion have left an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of many.
“Reverend Stegen played a huge role in stimulating the economy of the province for many years. Through his farm and factory – based in KwaMaphumulo, he employed many local people who provided for their families and next of kin,” said Premier Dube-Ncube.
Reverend Stegen was a brain behind the establishment of Ikhwezi Community Radio station which has contributed immensely in unearthing radio talent in the province.
Many radio DJs who cut their teeth at the station have gone on to become household names in the radio industry.
His mission school, Domino Servite School, provided education which produced learners who excelled in many fields.
“As we grieve this profound loss, let us also take comfort in the legacy that Reverend Erlo Stegen leaves behind—a legacy of faith, love, and service to the community. His teachings and his work have undoubtedly left a lasting impact on KwaZulu-Natal.
“Please know that the loss you feel is not yours alone. You are in the thoughts and prayers of the people of KwaZulu-Natal during this difficult time. May you find strength in the memories of Reverend Erlo Stegen and in the support of your community as you come together to honour his life and carry forward his mission.
“My deepest condolences once again, and may Reverend Erlo Stegen’s soul rest in peace and rise in glory,” concluded Premier Dube-Ncube.
Issued by the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government