PEAL - JOURNALIST
'VOICE' OF KENYA TOURISM
was also a regular and leading contributor to
- covering all aspects of coast society
-- Well known
coast writer Neta Peal has died in Sussex, United Kingdom, on Monday
this week after celebrating her 88th birthday on Saturday, November
of her immediate family had earlier been present at her bedside for
the birthday celebration.
had long been a prominent journalist in her time with the Kenya press.
early 'sixties she established the Nation and Taifa Leo
newspapers Coast office along [the former] Kilindini Road, Mombasa.
many years' she contributed articles on tourism to the national press
as public relations officer for the Mombasa and Coast Tourist
writer Neta Peal.
was also a regular and leading contributor to Coastweek
covering all aspects of coastal society.
remembered: we shall miss her kindness, her candour, her cheerful
courage and her good nature.
& A.B.G.G. Coastweek
son ROGER PEAL wrote
from Sussex, U.K.
so sorry to let you know that Neta passed away early this Monday
silent and peaceful.
Saturday afternoon when I saw her she was very weak, it was her 88th
birthday that day and her room was full of flowers and cards.
her the front page of Coastweek
which she enjoyed.
missed you all, Coastweek
and Mombasa terribly and we her children would like to thank you all
for all the support and care you gave her over these many years.
it be possible to put a mention in Coastweek
from us her children, letting everyone know of our loss and thanking
all those people in Mombasa, the coast tourist industry, her friends
and others who have over the years loved and supported her.
thanks to you all, love from Ann, Malcolm
and Roger Peal, U.K.
Chairman Kenya Association of Hotel keepers and
Coast and Skål Kenya National President, wrote:
learned with deep sadness the demise of our dear and long time friend
recall when she was reluctant to leave Mombasa as this is the town she
had lived happily for most of her adult life.
took a lot of convincing and pleading by both her friends and family
for her to seek better medical treatment abroad.
with profound sadness that Neta passed away on Monday morning having
celebrated her 88th birthday just two days ago.
saw Kenya tourism grown from nothing in the late 60's to its highs
just before the last general elections in 2007.
at her advanced age she still found time to write about tourism until
her fingers were not able to do what she did best, type.
recall Neta with her tape recorder trying to get the best position so
that she did not miss anything important that had been said.
was good in quoting every speaker verbatim - hence no one ever
complained of being misquoted.
when ill health was slowly getting her down Neta was still able to
send her best friend Salim Rehimtullah with her tape recorder and the
following week you get everything reported in Coastweek
as if she had been personally present at the function ... Neta was
full of confidence, gentle and kind.
obvious that she was a beauty in her young days and I recall one day
she told me that she used to make heads turn and I would laugh my
my tenure as Skål Kenya coast president she never failed to cover my
events and I owe my success to her.
KAHC awarded her two years ago the 'Personality of the year' award for
her contribution to tourism.
Was Leading Promoter For Kenya Tourism Industry At Coast Since 1960s.
that Neta loved Mombasa and Kenya is an understatement.
used to express her frustrations when she found it difficult to get
her work permit renewed - not because she was earning anything out of
the coverage she was giving tourism, as she was doing all that for the
love for Kenya.
fact, I would suggest that Neta was often more of a 'Kenyan' than many
who are Kenyan by birth.
shall indeed miss her smile and generosity.
behalf of the Kenya association of Hotel keepers and Caterers I would
like to covey our heartfelt condolences to her family.
was equally very close to many of us in Kenya's coast tourism.
Tourism Minister Hon. Najib
condolences to the family of Neta Peal.
was a great journalist, highly respected not only in the tourism
sector but even in the political scene.
was also close friend of the late Tom Mboya.
her soul rest in eternal peace.
Kuldip R. Sondhi, past chairman Mombasa
and Coast Tourist
Peal was the voice for Kenyan tourism.
received the news of her death with great sorrow.
known her from preindependence days.
worked all for all the leading newspapers in this country and was
known to be a dedicated journalist of high professional standard and
hey days she was known to all the top politicians of this country and
particularly Tom Mboya who had a high regards for her.
lone 'mzungu' woman with a pad and pencil and striking good looks was
not to be easily thwarted when she was after a story.
to her unending credit that she never used any of these
"high" connections to promote herself.
stood by the power of her written word and the observations that
followed from there.
death of her husband some 40 years back changed her life.
settled down at the Coast and gradually became the voice for Kenyan
was also for many years the Public Relation Officer for MCTA with her
fearless professional standards she would unerringly point to us all
the shortages that affect the life of citizens, such as uncollected
garbage and chronic water shortages - she herself hardly received any
water as she lived on the top floor of a three-storey building.
talked about electricity, security, pothole roads and the power of
tourism as the country top exchange earner.
age her frailty became obvious but she did not let this deter her from
attending meetings, making remarks and public observations.
her passing away a certain style of old fashioned journalism came to a
close. May God rest her soul in eternal peace.
Reif, chairman Pubs, Entertainment And
Restaurants Association, Mombasa.
Peal will be missed. We are very sorry to hear this sad news.
her soul rest in eternal peace.
Reid, Chairman of the Friends of
Fort Jesus, Mombasa, wrote:
very sad news was the death of Neta Peal, in UK at the age of 88.
was almost an institution in Mombasa, contributing over the years as a
prominent Mombasa journalist.
rare to open Coastweek and
not see her name and one can say that this is the end of an era.
are not many like her and she will be sorely missed by all who knew
her, she was deservedly a very much respected lady.
sincere condolences to her family and friends.
Mombasa lawyer, the late JOHN BOWYER wrote:
Thought Neta Peal Was Indestructible !
very sad news.
very unexpected, too: we all thought that Neta, like her tiny buzz box
of a car, was indestructible !
night, Neta, Sleep well.
son ROGER PEAL wrote
from Sussex, U.K.
and Readers: We would like to thank you all for the many kind words
and sympathy in memory of our mother Neta Peal who recently passed
service was held by her family on the 17th December in Worthing to
celebrate Neta's life.
many tributes to Neta helped to uplift us all at this sad time by the
knowledge that Neta had so many good friends both at Coastweek
and among your worldwide readers.
wish you all well for the future and thank you again for all the love
and support you gave to Neta over the many years.
Malcolm and Roger,