Renowned media practitioner, journalist and former 2010 Fifa World Cup local organising committee head of communications Jermaine Craig has died.
A statement released by his family said Craig, who was 47, collapsed while taking part in a gym session on Monday morning.
“Jermaine collapsed while at the gym and was rushed to the Sandton Medi Clinic where efforts to revive him failed,” the statement said.
Craig, who was working as a Confederation of African Football media officer dealing mostly with Mamelodi Sundowns’ matches, was also a media consultant to several companies and entities.
An excellent soccer journalist, who cut his teeth and won numerous awards during his time at The Star, Craig was previously also a former editor of The Argus, as well as the general manager for sport at the Independent News Group.
Craig worked for The Star newspaper for many years as a senior sports reporter during a journalism career in which he won numerous awards and later served in an editorial capacity.
When he left journalism, Craig worked for the 2009 Fifa Confederation Cup and 2010 World Cup LOC in various roles in media, including as head of communications.
At the time of his death Craig was a media officer for the Confederation of African Football (Caf), where he worked at Mamelodi Sundowns matches and was a consultant for a number of companies.
Apart from working for The Star, Craig was a former editor of The Argus and GM of sport for the Independent Newspapers group.
As MD at his agency, Craig Communications, the former journalist also worked as a consultant to teams, companies and entities, including Kaizer Chiefs, NBA Africa, 4Racing, the African Football League and Arena Holdings.