Bob Mabena entertained listeners of Metro FM, Kaya FM and Highveld Stereo in his lengthy broadcasting career…

He was also the station manager of POWER 98.7 and hosted the POWER Breakfast Show amongst other broadcasting accolades. He died on 10 August following a short illness.

The Sunday World reported that Mabena had been hospitalised due to a lung infection and had water drained from his lungs.

Chairman of POWER 98.7 and MSG Afrika, Given Mkhari, confirmed the devastating news on Monday while on air.

“It is true that our brother, our colleague, the legend Bob Mabena passed away this afternoon,” said Mkhari.  According to Mkhari, Mabena had been admitted to hospital on Saturday, then discharged on Monday. However, he started experiencing more pain on the way home. Mabena and his wife immediately returned to the hospital.

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“I was with Mrs Mabena and were called into a room where they pronounced that he had passed away. The doctor tells us they suspect it was a cardiac attack after they took him back to ICU.”

POWER 98.7 released the following statement:

“It is with deep grief and pain that we announce that POWER 98.7 breakfast host, Mr Bob Mabena passed away this afternoon, Monday 10 August 2020 from cardiac arrest. The family is coming to terms with his passing and respectfully requests the public to afford them the appropriate space. Further details will be communicated in due course.”

Mabena recently lost his grandmother to Covid-19. According to, Mabena’s grandmother had raised him after he lost his mother when he was just 11-years-old. He shared the news of her passing on Twitter and warned that the South African hospitals were “not ready” to face the coronavirus pandemic. “She contracted Covid in a hospital whilst going in for a lung infection. Within 3 days, she was gone. The hospitals aren’t ready.”

Mabena also started the Bob Mabena Foundation which aims to “bridge the gap between the more affluent children and those living in townships in South Africa.”

The Foundation aims to improve learning conditions in townships from early childhood development institutions to high schools and tertiary institutions.

Mabena leaves behind his wife, Eucharist who just two weeks ago celebrated her husband’s 51st birthday with him. She posted the following message on Instagram: “Happiest birthday my homie, my lover, my dearest friend. May God continue blessing you and grant you many more fruitful years. I love you my friend @mabenabob.”

South Africans were shocked to hear the news of his passing. They left thousands of tributes as #RIPBobMabena trended on Monday afternoon: