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Bob Mabena remembered as 'larger than life' at memorial service

The icon was remembered through a virtual memorial service on Thursday broadcast in Joburg.

Veteran radio personality Bob Mabena  passed away on Monday, 10 August 2020. Picture: @mabenabob/Instagram.com

JOHANNESBURG - Legendary radio and TV broadcaster Bob Mabena on Thursday was remembered as a giant whose character was larger than life itself.

The icon was remembered through a virtual memorial service broadcast in Joburg.

“The Jammer”, as he was affectionately known, was not only a skillful talk-show host but also a masterful musician.

Fellow broadcaster at Power FM Thabiso Tema said that Mabena was more than just a colleague.

“He was ‘The Jammer’ to me because before he became my colleague, my boss, and someone I was friendly with, I was just a fan. That’s why I call him ‘The Jammer’,” Tema said.

Mabena passed away at the age of 51 on Monday after suffering cardiac arrest.

His sudden death sent shockwaves through the airways, where he captivated audiences for more than three decades.

‘AS A SELFLESS MAN’

Mourners at the memorial service described Mabena as a selfless man whose character and wit won hearts both on-air and when the microphones were off. They said that the iconic broadcaster managed to achieve more in his career than what many achieved in a lifetime.

Media personality Melanie Bala was Mabena’s co-host on the music TV show, _Studio Mix, _for much of the earlier parts of his illustrious career.

“Bob made it his personal responsibility every week after the show to make sure that I got home safely,” Bala said.

Fellow veteran broadcaster Nothemba Madumo paid tribute to the icon through a heartfelt poem on friendship.

“We are not lovers because of the love we make. But the love we have,” she said.

Madumo also remembered Mabena as having an unmistakable touch.

“We were all made to feel special and the only kind of special as friends of his. Everyone here, and probably everyone watching, believe the same thing too,” she said.

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