Sharp sharp, Bra Vuyo Mbuli

2013-05-26 14:00

Friends and colleagues remember Morning Live presenter Vuyo Mbuli as a remarkable personality who touched their lives in a profound way.

Leanne Manas

Morning Live co-host

More than anything, Vuyo was an amazing friend. Ours was a real relationship.

I have never clicked with anyone like I clicked with him. Everything just fell into place.

He welcomed me at Morning Live and literally held my hand. We never stopped holding hands.

He always told me the only reason he kept on coming to work was because of the magic we created for two hours on air.

He was a pillar of strength during live TV, where everything can go wrong, and we supported each other.

He genuinely loved his country, loved where he came from and never forgot his roots.

Vuyo was the kind of man who’d carry his team on his shoulders. He shared the glory.

He loved Paul (Monare). I think he saw himself in Paul. He took him under his wing and mentored him.

He was generous with his fame and always mentioned the names of the crew behind the scenes.

It’s surreal that Vuyo is gone.

Paul Monare

Weatherman and colleague

‘Tsietsi – At Paul Monare” is how he used to introduce me on Morning Live.

We have lost a friend, a colleague and a big ball of charisma.

I used to call him presenter in chief because he was truly the best at what he did.

I will miss his jokes and radical ideas of how the SABC should be run and his ideas on how a news bulletin should be put together.

His views on politics, sport and his recognition of small towns such as Wolmaransstad and De Doorns.

I was very fond of Vuyo, and will miss him as my mentor and friend.

Wherever he is now, I know he is smiling and laughing at my boots and at Leanne’s pronunciation of African names.

May God be with his family and those close to him. May his soul and those that have passed before him rest in peace.

Zandile Nkonyeni

SABC2

One of the memory stamps Vuyo has left me with is that of passion – passion for his work and most of all, SABC2’s Morning Live brand.

Every day when I walked into our offices I’d find him in the corridor after completing his Morning Live broadcast.

We’d walk to the coffee shop for a breakfast chat and he would constantly remind me, “Zandi, it’s Morning Live’s 12th birthday this year.

What are we planning for it?” This was often as far as six months in advance and every year and every day after that.

We work with many personalities at the channel, but he is one of the few who stands out for having taken ownership of the brand, his craft and how he fully extended himself towards its growth. He will be sorely missed for many things, but most of all his legacy as an upstanding man with passion for his work. Go with the angels and rest in peace, Vuyo.

Ephraim Molingoana

Fashion designer

I remember Vuyo as a charismatic man, a people’s person who oozed passion for his beloved country.

He was always curious about who or what was happening in South Africa.

He was easily the most patriotic and proudest South African on TV.

We met once outside the Sandton Convention Centre, where he interviewed me as part of Fashion Week and later called me to place an order for a suit, warning me, “Make me a suit, but not a botsotso (tight pants). I’m a GQ man”.

So I made him a navy blue suit perfect for a gentleman. He has touched me and I touched him.

He embraced us little people.

I saw him wear the suit several times on air and it showed me that he was genuine.

Vuyo loved fashion, style, music and dancing, and his sport.

On his last day, I teased him on Twitter about going to watch rugby in Bloemfontein because he knew Kaizer Chiefs was going to win the league, to which he replied with a “hahaha”.

He brought a distinctive kasie feel to the show with panache and made township lingo fashionable with the use of “Sharp sharp” and “Heita Da!”

Mpho Mothapo

Businessman and runner

It is with a dampened spirit that I relate to the passing of Vuyo Mbuli, a dedicated family man, communicator of note, a businessman, a patron of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and a fitness fanatic.

For those familiar with the Old Eds gym in Houghton, it is full of highly competitive fitness enthusiasts and Vuyo was one of those.

He hardly missed the Saturday morning popular spinning class conducted by Lynette, the leading spinning instructor.

Vuyo’s township nuanced whistles always reverberated in the class, inspiring us.

Heused the exercise as part of a leg-strengthening encounter to complement his running.

Having finished two Comrades Marathons in 2010 and 2011 was a testament to his endurance.

We all shall miss his friendly demeanour, his greetings and sense of affirmation.

Farewell, dear brother.

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