Khamarunga finally went to rest in eternal peace yesterday (08 December 2009) after battling for over six months with bone tumor. She was admitted into Thembisa General Hospital, Johannesburg, South Africa for an operation after she fell and sustained a fracture. It is then that a bone tumor was discovered.

Khamarunga Banda was a stalwart champion of energy poverty and rural women in southern Africa and her death is a tragic, she fought tirelessly to empower those in society with the least voice, poor rural women. Khamarunga was a HEDON member since 2004. Her excellent writing skills and knowledge of the plight of women will leave behind a legacy that can be utilized for years to come. Her work was incomplete, she died too young. Those who worked with her will remember her enthusiasm for her work and her love and respect for those she defended. She was equally at home lobbying on international platforms as she was sitting under a tree writing fieldnotes. She will be sorely missed.

A memorial service was conducted at the Calgary Methodist Church, Cnr Harry Galaun Rd and 7th Road (near Midway Mews shopping centre) on Saturday, 12 December 2009 at 08h00.

Her body will be taken to Zambia, to her final resting place on Tuesday 15 December 2009.

Khamarunga is survived by a husband, daughter, sisters, brothers, and a mother.

For further information and directions to the church please call her husband, Mike on 073 513 2177; or email mike210ng at

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