Legendary Radio Veteran Bob Mabena Dies at Age 51
Article by Natalie Müller
BreakingNews: Legendary Radio Personality and Media Veteran Mr Khomotso “Bob” Mabena has passed away this afternoon after suffering Cardiac Arrest.
A source close to the family has; this afternoon confirmed the passing of the highly idolized and loved Presenter of the Power 98.7 Breakfast show, Mr.Bob Mabena. Bob was popularly known for having produced and hosted some of South Africa’s biggest radio shows during the course of his career, which spans over 30 years.
Friday evenings at 9pm, with my VHS tape ready to record the latest music videos, was what my childhood was made of. Rest Easy Uncle Bob!#RIPBobMabena💔 pic.twitter.com/MTdJqivunq— Zamani Khethelo (@ZamaniNKhethelo) August 10, 2020
“He was admitted to hospital on Saturday and was discharged this morning (Monday). On his way home, he experienced more pain and they went back to the hospital. When I arrived at hospital, he was in ICU. Mrs Mabena was called into the room when they pronounced him dead.” said Power FM chairman Mr. Given Mkhari.
The full statement from POWER 98.7 management on Bob Mabena's passing. pic.twitter.com/YrjZRN4saO— POWER 98.7 (@Powerfm987) August 10, 2020
Bob Mabena has over the years solidified himself as a brand, with his media career dating back to as far as 1998. The Bob Mabena brand has contributed to shaping the South African Radio and Television industry extensively, with huge success over the years.
Mabena was the station manager and anchor of the “Power Breakfast” morning show from 6am-9am on weekdays at Power FM 98.7.
Mabena also worked in radio and broadcasting at institutions like Metro FM, Heart FM, 947 and The SABC. He also served as the Group Head of Programming at MSG.
An icon whose life will transcend space and time.— POWER 98.7 (@Powerfm987) August 10, 2020
Rest in POWER, The Jammer. #RIPBobMabena pic.twitter.com/NzzvDRHGlN
Messages of condolences are pouring in across social media platforms under the #RIPBobMabena, from all those who had experienced him. The news of his passing has been met with disbelief, pain and devastation by many of his colleagues and South Africa at large. Mabena has immensely contributed to the success of several media personalities in the media industry, through his selfless acts of consistent guidance and mentorship.
#RipBobMabena #BobMabena— Tumi Sole (@tumisole) August 10, 2020
Rest in Perfect Peace Ta Bob Mabena!
Thank you for the music, your willingness to provide counsel when sought & for the laughs
Condolences to the family, friends, colleagues in the Media Industry.
Bob ‘The Jammer’ Mabena.
Bra Bob, you epitomised an elementary truth of radio that seems easy only because you were so GOOD you made it seem effortless: be someone your listeners want to hang out with. Your passion made us follow you to every platform. Thank you for 30 years of funk ❤ 🥺#RIPBobMabena pic.twitter.com/GjHItk60Yr— Eusebius McKaiser (@Eusebius) August 10, 2020
I am shocked and saddened to hear of the untimely passing of a broadcasting legend, Bob Mabena. He was a giant. #RIPBobMabena pic.twitter.com/jmCfmy20uj— David O'Sullivan (@davidosullie) August 10, 2020
Deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Bob Mabena, a broadcasting legend that I will miss dearly.— Herman Mashaba (@HermanMashaba) August 10, 2020
My thoughts and prayers are with him family, friends and the @Powerfm987 team. We mourn his loss with you.#RIPBobMabena pic.twitter.com/kYezNPoBSU
Mabena will be remembered for his untimely contributions to the success and development of the South African Media industry. Rest in Power Legend! Rest In Peace Bob Mabena. Your contribution to the current generation will live on forever!!
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