The printing, newspapers and packaging sector mourns the passing away of an industry stalwart

On Saturday the 8th of July 2017, the Printing, Newspapers and Packaging industry learnt of the passing of Mr Martin Deysel, a leader who had been an integral part of SATU (the South African Typographical Union) and, by extension, the Printing and Packaging industry as a whole.

CEO of Printing SA, Steve Thobela, said that he came to both know and respect Mr Martin Deysel since joining the industry in 1989. “He was the organiser of the very active, influential and vibrant SATU, a position he held with much pride and dignity throughout the many years he headed it. He was a man of principle, and great vision. He truly stood for what he believed in.”

Thobela recalled how Martin Deysel taught him a great deal and constantly challenged him during his days as a shop-steward of MWASA. “When negotiating against him, I always held him in very high esteem.”

He continued: “In 2014, when I joined Printing SA as the Deputy Chief Executive Officer,  part of my responsibilities included being part of the Board of Trustees of the Printing Industries Pension and Provident Fund for SATU members. I was, once again, in contact with this great man and learning from him once more.”

Thobela said that Mr Martin Deysel would be missed not only by his family and the Union but by the industry at large. He extended his sincere condolences to family, friends and colleagues.

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the sudden passing of Martin Deysel on Friday evening, 7 July 2017.


Funeral details: Will take place on Friday, 14 July at 11:00 at the Montana NG Church, located at 300 Veronica Road, Montana, Pretoria.