Radio Presenter Bob Mabena Has Passed Away
Given Mkhari, chairman of POWER 98.7 and MSG Afrika, on Monday confirmed that radio presenter Bob Mabena has died. The 51-year-old hosted some of South Africa’s biggest radio shows with a career covering over 31 years.
“It is true that our brother, our colleague, the legend Bob Mabena passed away this afternoon,” Mkhari confirmed on air. He added: “He had been admitted on Saturday and was discharged this morning. On the way home with Mrs. Mabena he started experiencing some more pains. They drove back to the hospital. When I arrived at the hospital he was in ICU.
“I was with Mrs Mabena and were called into a room where they pronounced that he had passed away. The doctor tells us they suspect it was a cardiac attack after they took him back to ICU.”
Shortly after the announcement POWER 98.7 released the following statement: “It is is with deep grief and pain that we announce that POWER 98.7 breakfast host, Mr Bob Mabena passed away this afternoon, Monday 10 August 2020 from cardiac arrest. The family is coming to terms with his passing and respectfully requests the public to afford them the appropriate space. Further deatails will be communicated in due course.”
In June the radio star revealed that his family was hit by heartbreak when his grandmother died after contracting Covid-19. “She contracted Covid in a hospital whilst going in for a lung infection. Within 3 days, she was gone. The hospitals aren’t ready,” he tweeted.
Born West of Pretoria in 1969, Bob started his radio career in 1989 in the then Republic of Bophuthatswana with the now invalid Radio Bop. After spending three years in North West and having offered into television as well he was recruited by Koos Radebe, Radio Metro station manager, to the national radio station.
Bob released several albums, one of which earned him a Sama award in 1997. In July, to celebrate his birthday, Bob released a 12-track album titled Jammers House Volume 1..