Tributes pour in for Ukhozi FM legend Muvo Maphalala

2014-03-14 00:00

Retired Ukhozi FM presenter Siphiwe Muvo Maphalala, affectionately known as Mr Brown, died on Tuesday morning after suffering a stroke at Kingsway Hospital.

RETIRED Ukhozi FM presenter Siphiwe Muvo Maphalala, affectionately known as Mr Brown, has died after a stroke aged just 69.

Maphalala, who had worked for Ukhozi FM for 30 years, had been ill for some time.

He joined the radio station on August 1, 1978, starting work on the same day as former station manager Welcome “Bhodloza” Nzimande.

He was made famous by his radio jingle, Ngidlalele Muvo Maphalala, Ngidlalele Nkanyamba Yokhozi.

He was an executive producer in the drama department at Ukhozi FM for many years before he retired in 2008.

ANC provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala sent his condolences to Maphalala’s family, his former colleagues at Ukhozi FM and “all South Africans who were inspired by his intelligence, charm and never-failing professionalism”.

Zikalala described Maphalala as a man who was dedicated to his craft and helped grow Ukhozi FM.

“It is encouraging that Maphalala managed to excel during the apartheid era when it was extremely difficult for black people to unleash their full potential in many spheres of life. He indeed became a role model to thousands of people at the time when the regime pushed black people to the periphery”.

Maphalala’s fans paid their respects.

Philile Nzimande said: “… another fallen legend, may the legend rest in peace. We grew up listening to legends, they don’t make them like this any more.”

On Facebook, Noxolo Azizipho Juta Lucia wrote: “May his soul rest in peace, we thank God for giving us people whu ar [sic] like ‘Mr Brown’ …”

Maphalala’s memorial service will be held today at 10 am at the SABC studios and he will be laid to rest at his home in Umnini tomorrow. He is survived by his wife and six children.

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