The government and the South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) are the latest to send their condolences to the family of veteran broadcaster and SABC soccer commentator, Cebo Manyaapelo.
Communications Minister, Mamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, says Manyaapelo will be remembered as one of the most admired radio and television sports broadcasters nationwide.
Over the past week, the Premier Soccer League (PSL) has observed moments of silence in his honour. Manyaapelo died in hospital last Wednesday.
He is remembered by his most popular phrases. Cebo “CC” Manyaapelo is being honoured on the streets of his hometown in Mafikeng, North West. He had over 34 years of broadcasting under his belt.
“He actually said to me that I’m his first born child and I remember there was a point when he said to the staff of Motsweding FM that he was going to make sure that I get married and believe you me, I ended up being married, with Cebo being the main man,” says Motsweding FM presenter, Benny Motau.
Imizwilili presenter Lebo Leabile says she grew up listening to him. “The next thing I found myself sitting next to him having a board meeting. The next thing I found myself relieving him, from 6-9 it was him and 9-12 it was me. It was something like a dream come true.”
His memorial service will be held on Tuesday.
“The memorial service will be held at the SABC auditorium in Mafikeng from nine o’clock. It is organised by the SABC,” says family spokesperson Kenosi Modisane.
Manyaapelo will be laid to rest on Thursday at the Lerwaneng village in Mahikeng.
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