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Derek Watts: Iconic Broadcasting Figure Passes Away

The news of the legendary broadcaster’s passing emerged on Tuesday afternoon, 22nd August 2023 via social media, following a poignant post shared by actor and producer Zola Hashatsi.

Watts, celebrated for his illustrious career spanning over 35 years on the program ‘Carte Blanche,’ openly discussed his fight against cancer. His diagnosis revealed the presence of skin cancer that had metastasized to his lungs.

In a heartfelt message recorded from his hospital bed during his admission in June, he conveyed, “Greetings Mac and Claire, you’re truly excelling in running the show, along with the entire team. Just another brief hospital stay, and I’ll be on the mend, out of here shortly. I sincerely wanted to express gratitude to our viewers – your love, messages, and prayers serve as beacons of hope. And of course, thank you for your ongoing viewership of ‘Carte Blanche.'”

By July, he had made it known that he would not be returning to the enduring investigative journalism program.

For over three decades, Watts graced South African TV screens with his unparalleled presence and journalistic integrity. His contributions to the world of broadcasting were not merely significant; they were transformative. The void he leaves behind will be deeply felt by all who admired his work and cherished his insights. His memory will continue to shine brightly in the hearts and minds of those he touched.

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