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Dineo Ranaka revealed she was struggling with depression. Image via Instagram @dineoranaka

Kaya FM explains why Dineo Ranaka was fired

Kaya 959’s acting managing director Collen Louw has revealed why the radio station had to part ways with media personality Dineo Ranaka.

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Dineo Ranaka revealed she was struggling with depression. Image via Instagram @dineoranaka

Gauteng-based commercial radio station Kaya FM has disclosed why Dineo Ranaka’s contract was terminated – Sunday World reports.

The media personality confirmed that she had been fired by the radio station last week after being off air since 22 May due to her struggles with mental illness.


In an internal memo sent to Kaya FM employees, acting managing director Collen Louw said that they tried everything they could to accommodate the reality TV star including facilitated her admission to a mental institution where she reportedly discharged herself a few days later.

However, Kaya FM says the mom-of-three did not communicate her medical issues with them, instead she reportedly went AWOL (absent without leave). Louw claims they found out about her challenges on social media.

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According to Louw, they tried to communicate with Dineo to find out how she was doing, but their attempts failed. He added that they wish to help Dineo and work with her again.

“Kaya 959 is prepared to continue supporting Dineo’s mental wellness journey and we hope that she will be open to discussing possible mutually beneficial opportunities in future,” he said.

In response, Dineo’s lawyer Paul Samuels said they would be challenging her termination.

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Dineo Ranaka. Images via Instagram @dineoranaka.


Since parting ways with KAYA 959, Dineo has joined MacG’s Podcast and Chill Network. Her show, Dineo On Sex n Stuff, premiered on the YouTube channel on Tuesday, 11 July.

In a number of Instagram posts earlier this month, Dineo shared with her fans that she has been living with Temporal Lobe Epilepsy since her mid-twenties.

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“I’ve been living with it since my mid twenties. My episodes have gotten worse with age. It frightens me honestly.

“Imagine having seizures in your sleep. So I experience seizures in my sleep. My fear is what if I never wake up.

“Just so you understood It’s not my body that goes into seizure. My BRAIN has a seizure. It’s SCARY,” Dineo wrote.

The club DJ shared that she believes that her depression is triggered by her Temporal Lobe Epilepsy.

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According to Health Line, Temporal Lobe Epilepsy is one of 20 different kinds of epilepsy and is the most common. Epilepsy is a brain disorder that causes changes in brain cell activity that result in seizures, periods of unusual behavior or feelings, and in some cases a loss of consciousness.

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People with this condition experience feelings of déjà-vu (familiarity) or some stomach upset – The Epilepsy Foundation says. These may be coupled with feelings of fear, panic, anxiety, a rising sensation coming from the stomach to the chest or throat, or butterflies with nausea are other common auras. Some people may sense an unusual smell.