RUSTENBURG, November 23 – The North West province has not only lost a good broadcaster, but an entertainer and a motivator, Premier Supra Mahumapelo said on Wednesday, reacting to the death of renowned veteran radio personality Cebo Manyaapelo.
Manyaapelo, 50, died on Wednesday, in Mahikeng, after a long illness.
“Cebo was a knowledgeable, eloquent and gifted radio personality who was admired and respected by his listeners, young and old. In Cebo Manyaapelo, the North West province has not only lost a good broadcaster, but an entertainer and a motivator whom many emulated and looked up to,” Mahumapelo said.
“Words seem inadequate to express my sadness about Cebo’s death, and I hope Cebo Manyaapelo’s family, friends and colleagues will find comfort and strength in knowing that the North West Provincial Government and its communities share in this time of grief. Our thoughts and prayers are with the deceased family, and may Cebo’s soul rest in eternal peace.”
He worked for the SABC’s radio station Motsweding FM in Mahikeng.
In a statement the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) said Manyaapelo would be remembered for his immense contribution at the SABC as the former Motsweding FM’s breakfast host for the programme ‘Re tla dula re thabile’ in 1998.
“He later became a sports presenter for Mamepe a Metshameko a sports programme on Motsweding FM. He continued with Mamepe as well as being a television sports commentator, for Laduma since 1998 until his untimely death,” spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said.
“He worked on big special events where SABC was involved, like the FIFA World Cup in 1998 and 2010 and the AFCON 2013 and 2015.”
Manyaapelo has a rich history in broadcasting environment which dates back from 1984 as a sports presenter for the erstwhile Radio Bop.
“The country has lost a very great man in Cebo Manyaapelo, and his work will continue to bring us great insight and understanding of the world of sport for decades to come. Mr. Manyaapelo’s talent was not only confined to South Africa, but he represented the SABC beyond the borders of South Africa where his skills were equally appreciated,” he said.
The details of his memorial and funeral service will be announced in due course.