SABC1 still in denial as Live presenters quit

2011-12-03 16:56

Public broadcaster SABC1 has been left with egg on its face after claiming that Live presenter Minenhle Dlamini has not resigned from the music show.

The channel on Thursday dismissed claims that Dlamini had tendered her resignation from the popular music show, claiming they had “re-assigned” her to variety show Mzansi Insider.

The channel’s brand manager, Vukile Madlala, said: “Minnie did not resign. We took a decision to move her to Mzansi Insider ­because Live has a new format which she won’t be needed for.

“We already have Bonang as the lead female and this new format only needs one female.”

However, City Press is in possession of Dlamini’s resignation letter, which is dated November 30.

In the letter – addressed to her Urban Brew employers identified only as Bev, Marvin and Sjula – Dlamini wrote: “As required by my contract, I hereby give 30 days’ notice, starting on 1 December, of my intention to leave the position of co-presenter of Live.

“I would like to thank you and the rest of the team for taking me on as part of the team. I wish nothing but success for the show that will always be a part of my life.”

The resignation comes after Dlamini made her debut on M-Net’s The Wild soapie on Wednesday.

In the show, she stars as Zinhle Lebone, the daughter of businesswoman Marang Lebone, who is played by Connie Ferguson.

The 21-year-old confirmed to City Press she has resigned from the music show.

She said: “Yes, I did resign from Live to pursue my first love, which is acting. I never wanted to stay longer than two years at Live. I guess my decision was six months premature but I do feel like it’s my time (to leave).”

But that is not the only change Live will be making as another presenter, Sizwe Dhlomo, will also be leaving at the end of December.

“With Sizwe also having resigned, we are looking into getting a male presenter to accommodate the new format,” said Madlala.

Whispers have it that the channel is in talks with DJs Sphectacula and Naves, who are potential
candidates to replace Dhlomo on the show.

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