Legendary journalist and National Press Club chairwoman , Val Boje (62) has died after a minor heart operation at the Zuid Afrikaans Hospital in Pretoria.

Writing on their Facebook page, the National Press Club said :

The National Press Club executive and its members have learned with shock of the sudden passing of its chairperson Val Boje after a short hospitalisation.

She passed away in the hospital in Pretoria on Monday morning, having undergone a minor heart procedure.


Boje, who was also the former editor of the Pretoria News, was elected chairperson of the NPC over a year ago.

At the time of her death, she was part of the team organising the annual Percy Qoboza Memorial Lecture to be held on 19 October, Black Wednesday.

NPC general manager Jos Charle said Boje brought her experience and wide network of contacts to enhance the activities of the club.

“Having been colleagues for more than 25 years, I came to know Val as a passionate, professional person who threw her all being into whatever she was assigned to do.

“This is indeed a profound loss.

“The NPC would like to offer condolences to her husband, Roy Devenish, son John, daughter-in-law Carli, daughter Christine , both of whom are overseas, her doting parents, her grandchildren and to the members of the National Press Club.”