RIP Bob Mabena: Friends and co

RIP Bob Mabena: Friends and colleagues remember ‘The Jammer’

Mabena passed away at age 51 on Monday, 10 August 2020, after suffering from cardiac arrest

RIP Bob Mabena: Friends and co

Veteran radio broadcaster Bob Mabena has been remembered for his humility, work ethic and love for his friends and family.

Mabena passed away at age 51 on Monday, 10 August 2020, after suffering from cardiac arrest. He had been discharged from hospital where he had spent the weekend, but died just hours later.

Mabena’s career in radio spans just over three decades and he’s worked for several  stations including Kaya fm, 947 and Metro fm.

A memorial service for Mabena was held on Thursday, 13 August 2020, at Power 98.7 studios in Houghton, Johannesburg, where he had been employed.

Award-winning musicians Judith Sephuma and Ringo performed at the memorial.

‘We were made to feel special’

Fellow industry colleague Nothemba Madumo spoke of how Mabena always made people feel special, be it friends or listeners. She also addressed his widow Eucharist Hadebe, who was with him in the final hours of his life.

“Thank you for loving him or making sure that his last years were full of love”, she said to Hadebe.

“We were made to feel special, and the only kind of special as friends of his. I met him in Mmabatho when he first came and we had a very special bond. But everyone here and probably everyone watching believes the same thing too”, Madumo said.

She read out a poem, which she dedicated to Mabena.

Melanie Bala: ‘He always had my back’

Metro fm newsreader Melanie Bala, who co-presented a music show on television with Mabena, paid tribute to him and reflected on their time together.

Bala also read out a poem, which she said was fitting of the moment.

“It speaks to the kind of person he was. When he said he cared about you, he didn’t just say it – he showed you. Love is a verb. It’s in the things you do. That to me was one of the things I loved about him as an individual”, she said.

She also spoke of how he always took care of her.

“We were just two kids from Pretoria, who were having the time of our lives. It just happened to be on the biggest TV music show in the country. From appearances at tiny clubs in small towns, to filling up stadiums in cities, on television and radio, he always had my back”, Bala said.