WATCH: Memorial service for veteran broadcaster Derek Watts

Derek Watts, in-studio presenter on Carte Blanche. Picture: Supplied

Derek Watts, in-studio presenter on Carte Blanche. Picture: Supplied

Published Aug 31, 2023


The memorial service for the late broadcaster Derek Watts is being held on Thursday, August 31.

The family is holding a private in-person gathering for family and close family friends, with it being live-streamed for the public.

Watts passed away on August 22 after a long battle with cancer.

As an investigative journalist, Watts was not only formidable but also a driving force behind the success of ‘Carte Blanche’.

His ‘Carte Blanche’ colleagues Bongani Bingwa, Devi Sankaree-Govender and the show’s executive producer John Webb are scheduled on the memorial programme.

The ‘Carte Blanche’ team this past Sunday, dedicated the episode to Watts’ memory significant contributions to journalism and storytelling.

“Our beloved father and husband filled our lives with a light that can never be extinguished. His presence was a constant source of strength, kindness, and unwavering support,“ read the message from the family on the program.

“As a family, we are deeply moved by the outpouring of love and support that we have received during this time. Your presence here today is a testament to the profound impact that he had on all of us.

“Derek’s generosity knew no bounds. He gave freely and without hesitation, enriching the lives of everyone he encountered.

“His acts of kindness are a reflection of his pure heart, a heart that beat with compassion and empathy for all. And his patience, his ability to listen and understand, taught us the true meaning of love and devotion.

“In this time of sorrow, we find solace in knowing that Derek's legacy lives on within each of us.”