President Cyril Ramaphosa joined South Africans in conveying heartfelt condolences on the passing of legendary radio personality, Bob Mabena.
Mabena passed away on Sunday, August 9, at the age of 51 from a cardiac arrest (heart attack).
He will be remembered as a renowned television and radio personality, who started his career in 1989.
“This is a sad loss not only to Bob’s family and friends, but to the broadcast fraternity and the country. His exceptional talent, voice of reason and insight reached millions of South Africans in their homes, workplaces and vehicles.
“It is very sad that such an iconic and household voice has gone silent. May his soul rest in peace,” said the President.
With a career that spans over 31 years on some of the country’s biggest radio stations, Mabena hosted numerous television and radio shows across many prominent broadcast houses, with his final home at Power 98.7.
He mentored and paved the way for many emerging broadcasters to achieve their own success in a dynamic and competitive entertainment and broadcast industry.
He was once nominated for a Golden Horn Award for Best TV Presenter.
The President extended his condolences to the Mabena family, as well as the colleagues and friends of the late broadcaster.
“South Africa has lost a giant. Mabena was an inspiration to all South Africans and leaves an indelible mark in the industry,” said GCIS Director General, Phumla Williams in a statement.
Mabena was the recipient of many accolades and the founder of the Bob K Mabena Foundation. He was a passionate about helping his community in Tshwane
Mabena paved the way for many aspiring radio personalities and through the foundation, he inspired and changed the lives of learners.