Kganyago quits as voice of SABC

‘My jour­ney was good and bad’

Sunday World - - Sunday Report - By Aubrey Mothombeni moth­ombe­[email protected]­day­

Af­ter serv­ing un­der 10 boards and 13 CEOs, in a pe­riod span­ning 13 years, SABC’s longserv­ing mouth­piece Kaizer Kganyago has called it quits.

Kganyago’s de­par­ture was con­firmed by the pub­lic broad­caster yes­ter­day morn­ing.

In its state­ment, Neo Mo­modu, who had re­placed Kganyago as SABC spokesper­son, said Kganyago asked to be re­lieved of his du­ties.

“Mr Kganyago served the SABC as spokesper­son for 13 years. Through­out his ten­ure, he be­came the face and voice of the SABC and served the or­gan­i­sa­tion and South African pub­lic dili­gently and with in­tegrity,” reads the state­ment.

“We wish him well in his fu­ture en­deav­ors.”

Kganyago con­firmed his exit from the SABC through an emo­tional Face­book mes­sage in which he in­formed his fol­low­ers and friends of his de­ci­sion to leave the pub­lic broad­caster.

“Yes­ter­day was my last day at the SABC af­ter 13 years. It was such an emo­tional day for me. I would like to thank ev­ery­one who sup­ported me on that jour­ney. This was a jour­ney full of good and bad mem­o­ries. I choose to re­mem­ber only the good mem­o­ries. Thank you once again for all your sup­port,” reads his Face­book mes­sage.

The for­mer spokesper­son re­ceived nu­mer­ous mes­sages of well wishes from col­leagues, jour­nal­ists and heavy­weights in the me­dia in­dus­try.

Among them were for­mer Usaasa CEO Lumka Mtinde and Lim­popo premier’s spokesper­son Kenny Mathivha.

“Baba, SABC and SA will miss you. You played your role at dif­fer­ent chal­leng­ing times and re­mained pro­fes­sion­ally fo­cused. Rest Baba and all the best in your fu­ture en­deav­ours,” said Mtinde.

Col­league Mmoni Seapolelo bade Kganyago an emo­tional farewell. “You were not only my man­ager, you be­came a dear brother and friend.

“Credit should be given to ntate le mme Kganyago for rais­ing a well-man­nered be­ing, we read in the pa­pers about lead­ers and pro­fes­sion­als who are cor­rupt and have tainted im­ages,” she said.

“You re­mained cred­i­ble through­out the years as the face of the SABC. Love u for­ever boss.”

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SABC mouth­piece Kaizer Kganyago has left the pub­lic broad­caster.

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