So long, ace sportscaster
THE UNCEREMONIOUS departure from the SABC of veteran Metro FM sports show host Robert Marawa marks the end of an era of broadcasting excellence at the public broadcaster.
And as you can now expect from the SABC, Marawa’s departure has become yet another scandal.
The popular presenter revealed he learnt of his departure from colleagues and social media.
The SABC sent the media statement on Wednesday afternoon confirming it had parted ways with Marawa. Reports yesterday said a circular had been sent to staff, but it seems Marawa had not been informed his services were no longer required.
This ended the stormy relationship between the ace broadcaster and the SABC.
Although Marawa is said to be arrogant and big-headed, this could have been handled better. Indeed, no one is bigger than a brand and talent comes and goes, but if a man has served you with dedication for 10 years, you don’t just wake up and chop his head.
Numbers don’t lie. If Marawa wasn’t performing, the numbers would say so and the SABC would have every reason to ditch him like it often does to presenters across its stations.
But the brain drain from the SABC in recent years has been a direct result of professional jealousies and childish political games.
When this happens, it is us, the viewers and listeners, who lose out on quality broadcasting and programming.
We wish Marawa well in his future and hope that whoever replaces him will not fail sports fans.