Bob Mabena Tributes

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RIP Bob Mabena: Politicians, famous figures pay tribute to ‘The Jammer’

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more glowing obituary than this: Tributes have poured in for radio DJ Bob Mabena, who passed away on Monday.

Bob Mabena Tributes

Photo: PowerFM / Twitter

Bob Mabena, lauded as one of the pioneering black voices on South African radio, died on Monday afternoon from cardiac arrest, according to POWER FM. The station made the announcement via a short statement on its website earlier in the day, leading the tributes and hailing him as an ‘icon who transcends space and time’.

Who is Bob Mabena? DJ leaves an incredible legacy

Affectionately known as ‘The Jammer’, The 51-year-old DJ hosted the breakfast show on POWER FM, but had a lengthy career in broadcasting, which included periods at radio stations Metro FM and Khaya FM. He had been a popular host on South Africa’s airways for more than three years. 

Political parties, celebrity personalities and industry professionals have all lined up to share their fond memories of Bob Mabena, and the tributes have all been so genuinely heartwarming:

RIP Bob Mabena: ANC, DA and EFF pay tribute to DJ

  • ANC hail ‘charming, all-embracing’ manner

“Mabena has been a constant presence in our homes, tackling various issues of national importance with charm, respect, and an all-embracing and inclusive manner. It was this ability to converse with and entertain all types of people that also made Mr Mabena a sought after public speaker. He will be sadly missed.”

  • DA label pioneer as a ‘legend of the airwaves’

“Mabena was not only a legend of our airwaves – he was also a pioneer and role model to many of South Africa’s current biggest and brightest broadcasters. For more than three decades, Mabena entertained our nation and was a constant feature of our daily lives through his music and radio shows.”

  • ‘A huge tree has fallen’, says the EFF

“He was a huge tree in the broadcasting industry. Now he has fallen, Bob Mabena will be remembered as a cultural icon who paved the way for black voices in radio. He was a voice for black youth when South Africans had little to look up to. We hope his soul will rest in revolutionary peace.”

Celebrity personalities, industry colleagues pay their respects: