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Bob Mabena’s first manager Thapelo Thipe: He was always willing to learn

The legendary radio broadcaster Bob Mabena died of a heart attack on Monday, at the age of 51.

FILE: Bob Mabena at the 702 studios. Picture: 702.

JOHANNESBURG - Bob Mabena's first manager at Radio Bop said on Tuesday the broadcasting veteran always showed compassion was willing to learn and always went the extra mile.

Mabena died of a heart attack on Monday. His passing came as a shock to the media industry and to those who followed his career from a young age. Mabena started off at Radio Bop under the leadership of former station manager Thapelo Thipe.

Radio Bop created under homeland rule in the old Bophuthatswana during apartheid, and was the pride of black media for most of its existence.

Thipe he said he spoke to Mabena just last week.

“He would go the extra mile and each time after we had the show, he would evaluate performance that day. He would take such a time with great interest and he would always tell us what he would do to improve.”

Mabena recorded a popular track Get Funky with soccer legend Theophilus Khumalo, known as Doctor Khumalo. Khumalo said Mabena had such a significant influence in his life.

LISTEN: Get Funky - Bob Mabena, ft Doctor Khumalo

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