Veteran SABC TV sports commentator and radio presenter Cebo Manyaapelo has died.
SABC confirmed the passing of the former Motsweding FM’s breakfast host for the programme ‘Re tla dula re thabile’ in 1998 presenter on a statement which was released on Wednesday afternoon.
“South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) mourns the death of renowned broadcaster, Mr. Cebo Manyaapelo affectionately known as CC. The SABC Board, management and staff of the SABC would like to send its heartfelt condolences to the Manyaapelo family and friends. Mr. Manyaapelo will be remembered for his immense contribution at the SABC as the former Motsweding FM’s breakfast host for the programme ‘Re tla dula re thabile’ in 1998,” reads the statement.
Manyaapelo spent more than two months in hospital with a severe illness, but was discharged early in September.
Mr. Manyaapelo has a rich history in broadcasting environment which dates back from 1984 as a Sports Presenter for the erstwhile Radio Bop. Cebo, as he was affectionately known to the millions of South Africans was one of the best Sports Commentators in the country.
His in-depth, factual, well informed and yet playful commentary captivated many football fanatics to the SABC channels. His ability to use Setswana for football commentary inspired many youngsters and attracted them to the sport field.
The country has lost a very great man in Cebo Manyaapelo, and his work will continue to bring us great insight and understanding of the world of sport for decades to come. Mr. Manyaapelo’s talent was not only confined to South Africa, but he represented the SABC