Popular presenter, Eusebius McKaiser hosted his final show on Radio 702 last Friday, and revealed his future plans via his Twitter account on Friday evening

The presenter, who took over from veteran broadcaster Redi Tlhabi almost three years ago, built a solid reputation as a presenter, as noted by Tlhabi when she called in on his final broadcast last Friday.

“I’m not insulting anyone, it is a fact. Often a stand-in is just someone who fills the gap. You didn’t fill the gap, you took this show and rebranded it in a way that was just so brilliant,” she praised McKaiser.

Tlhabi, however, was unhappy with how the station chose to publicise McKaiser’s exit. According to The Citizen, she called the stations press statement, “the most ungracious, ungenerous statement that she has ever seen”. Thlabi referenced the claim that McKaiser’s contract was not renewed due to repositioning on the part of the station and called that reason a lie.

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Why he decided to leave

McKaiser then posted several tweets on Friday evening clarifying why he had decided not to renew his contract with the station, and dropped some hints about what he’s got planned for the future.

“A show like mine is very exacting if you take it as seriously as my predecessor @RediTlhabi  did who set the gold standard for mid-morning meaning-creating radio in Mzansi,” said McKaiser who says he took his role very seriously. “The opportunity to shape and influence discourse is amazing, to hold power accountable is amazing, etc.”

However, he highlighted some of the limitations of daily talk shows which don’t allow for extended research and really diving into a subject and exploring all aspects of it.

“Long form journalism requires a gestation period, going away, digging deep, some very careful detective work, and then emerging with a product that isn’t a ‘hot take’,” he said. This is the direction he will be going in in the future.

However, McKaiser says that for now he has two priorities: rest and finishing his book. He is currently working on his fourth book, entitled “Searching for Sello Duiker”. Duiker was an award-winning South African novelist who struggled with his mental health and took his own life in January 2005.

McKaiser hopes to have his book finished before Christmas, and will return to broadcasting again after it is published.

“And with that … I am taking a Twitter holiday. Be safe. And please tell the racists, white supremacists, and bigots … I WILL BE BACK!” said his final tweet.

Fans wished him well

Tlhabi tweeted her encouragement: “You are in a league of your own. My observation and experience…it is impossible for anyone to dim your light when it is something they never created in the first place. So your light will continue to shine and shine…and never burn out.”

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