Memorial Created By
Marlise Richter

Ruvimbo Tenga

September 16, 1983 - June 07, 2022

We created this online memorial to celebrate the life of Ruvimbo Tenga. Collecting your stories, memories and images here will create a loving memorial to Ruvi's legacy. If you are in a position to, please also consider making a donation. With your support, we can give her a dignified send-off, cover...  see more

Ruvimbo was a supportive friend, loving mother, dedicated colleague, principled and fearless activist and inspirational teacher.   We mourn her passing but celebrate her extraordinary life.
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  • Sarita Ranchod
    Ruvimbo served as faculty on the Southern African Feminist Freedom School that Sonja Boezak and I convened in 2018. She facilitated and co-facilitated sessions and enabled participants to develop a visceral understanding of what it means to be an...  more
  • Neil Goodwin
  • Neil Goodwin
    I still hear her voice. I cannot believe she is gone. We carried round a huge rainbow Africa for months. Her favourite saying, 'Let's start a conversation'. And she'd start a conversation with anyone. Absolutely fearless. She taught me about the...  more
  • Donna Evans
    A giant in life, Ruvimbo's memory and work will live on. Blessed to have known you dear lady. Picturing you shining brightly in the night sky like the super star you were.
  • Titus Shigwedha
    Ruvimbo , I will always remember you all my life. To me going out with you was like a stadium full of 100 0000 people. Your personality and energy will be missed.. May the road rise to meet you , may the wind be always at your back. Rest in Peace my...  more
  • Duncan Purves
    I was struck by Ruvimbo's power and charisma when she performed in a play presented by SWEAT during lockdown. Afterwards I asked her whether she would participate in my visual storytelling project. It was a privilege to be entrusted with her story...  more
  • Rudie Basson
    She was an extraordinary person and will be missed but her legacy will live on .Truly blessed to have been motivated and enspired by her. My thoughts are with the family, friends ,colleagues and evryone who lifes was changed by here. Rest In Power.
  • Lavanya Pillay
    I was blessed to meet Ruvi last year when we began working together. Ruvi was magic. To me, she was divine- exuding strength and confidence. While she raged loudly, there was always a serene and graceful gentleness to her. Ruvi, I will so miss your...  more
  • Sally-Jean Shackleton
    Ruvimbo was a powerful presence from her voice, to her beauty to her dress sense and confidence. She could be ditzy, leaving her bag behind whenever she visited (a bag full of little things to sell from Tupperware to scarves and handmade jewellery). She...  more
  • Wilson Box
    Met Ruvimbo for the first time at the Love Alliance Policy Summit in Cape Town last month. She was active as they did a musical performance at the Summit. Her energy and advocacy message was powerful. Will always miss you Rue. Rest in Power.
  • Taffy L. Gotora
    Ruvimbo was a couple of years behind me in high school. My first encounter with her was during her first year at Girls High School where she impressed me and other members of the hockey team and became our goalie par excellence, imagine joining the first...  more
  • Lorenzo Wakefield
    I will never forget how Ruvimbo fiercely challenged me in my privilege, while at the same time inviting me in. I don't know why she always invited me in, but it did make our encounters warm and authentic. We owe her so much. Warmest condolences to her...  more
  • Happi Zengeni-Manyere
    Always confident and a good friend. Will be missed
  • bakang ndaba
    It was never a dull moment with her. She would walk into the room and her smile would radiate making us all feel better. She was fearless and funny, not afraid of taking chances and speaking up. I love her so much.... Goodbye friend, till we meet in the...  more
  • Stacey-Leigh Manoek
    What a shock to receive this news. Ruvi, you will be remembered for your courage, fierceness and a gentleness that I feel blessed to experience. Rest in Power Ruvi, you will be missed.
  • Nadia Sanger
    Ruvimbo, gone too soon. What a huge loss. Such a kind soul. And that laugh of yours - I will never forget it. Beautiful Ruvimbo. Goodbye.
  • Marlise Richter
    Ruvi's friendship of close to 10 years has buoyed and encouraged me, and has taught me a lot about courage and tenacity.