Local business mogul, Owner and CEO of Bataung Memorial (A company that erects tombstones for celebrities in South Africa ), Lebo Khitsane has passed away. Lebo Khitsane was reported to have died today August 27 2020. His cause of death or what led to his demise is not yet known as at the time of filing this report.
Lebo Khitsane, a Katlehong born legend, entrepreneur, innovator and a family man was globally recognized for his outstanding work.
Chipolopolo Lets first confirmed that Lebo has passed on. In a Facebook post he wrote “I’m shattered, Katlehong as a whole has lost a father, When we talk about a pioneer, A well spoken humble human being and never ageing soul, we talking about Lebo Khitsane.An iconic man that will never be forgotten. RIP Groetman” .
The Tombstone tycoon left behind his wife, Maria and children.
Bataung Memorial Tombstones‚ according to its website‚ has over the years attracted a vast and loyal clientele across southern Africa.
It has designed and manufactured tombstones for families‚ prominent citizens and celebrities‚ including: Nelson Mandela‚ former prime minister of Lesotho‚ Dr Leabua Jonathan‚ former South African Football Association president Solomon “Stix” Morewa‚ flyweight boxing world champion Jacob “Baby Jake” Matlala‚ national motor racing champion and television personality Gugulethu “Gugu” Zulu‚ and television presenters Vuyo Mbuli and Simba Mhere.
Lebo started off the tombstone industry about 13 years ago. His first celebrity graveyard artwork was of Morewa in 2005‚ followed by one for actress Lindiwe Chibi‚ who played Doobsie in Muvhango.
He has made statues for Shangaan disco king and reality-TV star Papa Penny‚ Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and former president Thabo Mbeki.
Excerpts From The Interview Lebo Khitsane Had Last Year With Ossyfymedia
Kiki: It is such an honour to finally meet the man behind all the master pieces that get us talking all the time. I am a fan of your work because you are unpredictable.
Lebo: Oh, thank you so much. I am humbled.
Kiki: You know when a public figure passes on, we mourn with their loved ones but at the same time we are curious about the Tombstone that Bataung is going to make because we know you go to the extreme.
Lebo: Hahahahaha, yes we do go all out.
Kiki: I promise you I am one of those that starts picturing it in my head. What made you decide to start this type of business?
Lebo: The need to create different kind of tombstones that will give people that exclusivity that sets them apart from the norm.
Kiki: So who comes up with the designs?
Lebo: I create all the designs and come up with all the concepts, and decide on the stones. I do all of that. I think of the deceased’s character, their role in the community to make sure that we come up with something that will represent that particular person.
Kiki: WOW! How long does it take you to get all the work done? From the concept to actually getting the final product?
Lebo: It takes us 3days.