July 17, 2024


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Veteran radio star Bob Mabena, 51, dies

Bob Mabena. (Photo: Gallo Images)

Bob Mabena. (Photograph: Gallo Photos)

  • Legendary radio temperament Bob Mabena has died. 
  • With a vocation spanning more than 31 years he was one particular of the country’s most nicely-known radio stars. 
  • Bob also raced skillfully and produced a number of albums, one particular of which attained him a Sama award.

Supplied Mkhari, chairman of Electricity 98.seven and MSG Afrika, on Monday confirmed that radio veteran Bob Mabena has died.

The 51-year-previous hosted some of South Africa’s largest radio exhibits with a vocation spanning more than 31 years.

“It is accurate that our brother, our colleague, the legend Bob Mabena passed away this afternoon,” Mkhari confirmed on air. 

He extra: “He experienced been admitted on Saturday and was discharged this morning. On the way house with Mrs. Mabena he started out experiencing some a lot more pains. They drove again to the medical center. When I arrived at the medical center he was in ICU.

“I was with Mrs Mabena and were being known as into a place where by they pronounced that he experienced passed away. The medical professional tells us they suspect it was a cardiac attack following they took him again to ICU.”

Shortly following the announcement Electricity 98.seven produced the next statement: “It is with deep grief and discomfort that we announce that Electricity 98.seven breakfast host, Mr Bob Mabena passed away this afternoon, Monday ten August 2020 from cardiac arrest.

“The family members is coming to conditions with his passing and respectfully requests the general public to manage them the suitable place. Even further particulars will be communicated in due study course.”

In June the radio star revealed that his family members was struck by tragedy when his grandmother died following contracting Covid-19. 

“She contracted Covid in a medical center while going in for a lung an infection. In just three times, she was absent. The hospitals aren’t ready,” he tweeted

Born West of Pretoria in 1969, Bob started out his radio vocation in 1989 in the then Republic of Bophuthatswana with the now defunct Radio Bop. 

Just after paying out a few years in North West and owning ventured into tv as nicely he was recruited by Koos Radebe, Radio Metro station manager, to the nationwide radio station. 

Bob’s stint at Radio Metro introduced with it a lot more nationwide exposure in the sort of a assortment of Tv set exhibits, together with Decide on a Tune and Studio Blend, to point out a couple. He also raced skillfully in the Team N series for Nissan South Africa.

Bob produced a number of albums, one particular of which attained him a Sama award in 1997. In July, to rejoice his birthday, Bob produced a 12-track album titled Jammers Dwelling Volume one. The album involves nostalgic hits these as Sing it Back, I Love the Way You Love Me and Share My Love.

Bob was most not long ago at MSG Afrika as station manager of Electricity 98.seven where by he also hosted the Electricity Breakfast Show. He was also the Team Head of Programming at MSG, according to his biography on his web site.  

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