Wednesday, 22 May 2013


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  • 23 May 2013
  • story from:Sowetan
  • Nomaswazi Nkosi

A MAN WHO EMBRACED UBUNTU: Vuyo Mbuli ’ s wife Savita and son Siphosihle at the memorial service held for him at the SABC in Auckland Park, Johannesburg, yesterday. The service was well attended and Mbuli was described as charismatic. SO many people wanted to honour the late television and radio presenter Vuyo Mbuli that the venue for the memorial service at the SABC studios in Auckland Park, Johannesburg, was far too small.
PHOTO: LAUREN MULLIGAN PAYING RESPECTS: Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi and ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe attend the memorial service of television and radio personality Vuyo Mbuli at the SABC studios in Johannesburg Most of the public were left outside battling to get in yesterday.

In attendance were First Lady Bongi Ngema, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, MP Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe, Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi and ANC spokesman Jackson Mthembu, to name a few.
Mbuli, 46, was the co-host of morning news show Morning Live.
He collapsed and died of a pulmonary embolism on Saturday while watching a rugby match with his son in Bloemfontein.

SABC chief executive Lulama Mokhobo said they had underestimated how loved Mbuli was.
“We remarked earlier that this event should be held at a stadium,” she said to loud applause.
SABC2 general manager Bessie Tugwana said Mbuli did his job to the best of his ability and flew the South African flag high.

“… we ’ re not just celebrating Vuyo, but we’re celebrating you, Mama. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for a job well done,” Tugwana said to Mbuli’s mother Francina.
Mbuli’s sister, Thandeka Mbuli, described her brother as her hero.
“To me he was greater than life. He was my hero,” she said.
She said he always listened whenever they had problems and always gave advice.
“He told it like it is and we loved him for that,” she said.
Mbuli’s nephew Zolani, representing Mbuli’s parents, spoke of Mbuli’s love for children and plans to develop the country’s youth.

SABC television news editor Nyana Molete described Mbuli as charismatic and impulsive, saying “Vuyo could not be controlled” and spoke of how he would sing with choirs on Morning Live despite running out of time on air.
“He loved people. He had a great connection to people,” Molete said.
Nothando Maseko, Morning Live senior producer, echoed Molete’s statements that Mbuli was brave and impulsive.

She said on his last day work, he sent her a text message saying they needed to talk. She told him that she was swamped with work. 
“Vuyo ended up parking in my office for three hours,” she said.
Maseko said they spoke about Mbuli’s plans to develop the youth.
“This has been the hardest week of my entire life,” his Morning Live co-host Leanne Manas said.
“He embraced and embodied everything that South Africa is about and I never got to thank him. I hope being with him every morning was thanks enough,” said Manas, who worked with Mbuli for 12 years.
Mbuli will be buried atWest Park Cemetery in a special official funeral tomorrow. The church service will take place at St John’s College in Houghton at 9am. –

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