Bob Mabena Biography – Bob Mabena Wiki
Popular radio personality Bob Mabena has died at the age of 51.
Mabena worked in radio and broadcasting since 1989 at institutions like Metro FM, Heart FM, 947 and SABC.
Mabena worked at MSG Afrika as station manager of POWER 98.7 and hosted the POWER Breakfast Show.
Given Mkhari, chairman of POWER 98.7 and MSG Afrika, on Monday confirmed that radio veteran Bob Mabena has died.
The 51-year-old hosted some of South Africa’s biggest radio shows with a career spanning 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.
Radio legend and personality Bob Mabena has passed away 💔 He has paved the way for many radio enthusiasts and his voice will be sorely missed on the airwaves 📻
Rest in peace 🕊 pic.twitter.com/TxrLXoiqHe
— UJFM #ShapingTheFuture (@ujfm) August 10, 2020
“I was with Ms. Mabena and was summoned to a room where they reported her dead. The doctor told us they suspected that she had a heart attack after taking her to the intensive care unit.”
Shortly after the announcement, POWER 98.7 released the following statement: “POWER 98.7 breakfast host Mr. Bob Mabena died this afternoon from cardiac arrest.
“The family reconciles with the death and asks the public to provide them with space. More details will be communicated over time.”
In June, the radio star announced that her family suffered tragedy when her grandmother died after being caught in Covid-19.
He tweeted, “He caught Covid while going to the hospital due to lung infection. He went in 3 days. The hospitals are not ready.”
Born in the West of Pretoria in 1969, Bob began his radio career with Radio Bop, now defunct, in the then-defunct Republic of Bophuthatswana in 1989.
After spending three years in the North West and getting on television, he was taken to the national radio station by Radio Metro station manager Koos Radebe.
Bob’s role at Radio Metro provided more national exposure in the form of various TV shows, including Pick a Tune and Studio Mix, to name a few. He also competed professionally in the Group N series for Nissan South Africa.
Bob released several albums, one of which earned him a Sama award in 1997. In July, to celebrate her birthday, Bob released a 12-track album called Jammers House Volume 1. The album includes nostalgic hits such as Sing It Back and I Love. The Way You Love Me and Share My Love.
Bob was most recently station manager at POWER 98.7 in MSG Africa, where he also hosted the POWER Breakfast Show. According to his biography on the website, he served as Head of Programming Group at MSG.