SABC parts ways with Robert Marawa – via text message!
The SABC has parted ways with media personality and multi-award winning sports presenter Robert Marawa - via text message!
The SABC has parted ways with media personality and multi-award winning sports presenter Robert Marawa – via text message!
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Marawa was told by text message not to come in for his final show on Friday, 30 July.
It’s not the first time Marawa has been fired by the public broadcaster after the two parted ways back in 2017.
Marawa was also fired by SuperSport as a TV sports anchor in 2019.
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Robert Marawa returned to SABC by popular demand and public pressure.to run a simulcast sports show that aired on Radio 2000 and Metro FM called Marawa Sports Worldwide (MSW).
Things clearly turned sour for a second time, however!
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Marawa took to social media to share with his over 1.1 million followers a text message exchange with SABC acting station manager Kina Nhlengethwa in which the latter said: “You need not come in for the show today as there will be no MSW broadcast show tonight.”
In an ironic turn of events, Marawa’s MSW show won the category for Best Sports Show: Commercial at the SA Radio Awards on Friday – the same day he was fired!
Meanwhile, the SABC also released sports presenter Vaylen Kirtley in the same press statement announcing Marawa’s departure.
“The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) would like to announce the departure of renowned sports broadcasters, Mr. Robert Marawa and Ms. Vaylen Kirtley. Robert Marawa departs following the conclusion of the MSW (Marawa Sport Worldwide), which Marawa presented on both METRO FM and Radio 2000 simultaneously,” the SABC wrote in their statement.
“Ms. Kirtley presented the Sport segment of SABC’s television current affairs show, Morning Live, and was also an anchor for SABC sport programming. She joined the SABC 20 years ago and started with junior sports programmes at the time.
“The SABC would like to wish Mr. Marawa and Ms. Kirtley well in their future endeavours and appreciates their contribution to SABC Sport programming.”