'The broadcasting industry has lost a gem' - Tributes pour in for METRO FM presenter Pearl Shongwe

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  • METRO FM newsreader Pearl Shongwe has passed away at the age of 35.
  • The seasoned broadcaster was found dead in her home by neighbours.
  • She will be remembered for her voice and bubbly personality.


On Tuesday, 8 November 2022, the sad news of METRO FM and Daily Thetha host Pearl Shongwe was announced.

According to a family statement sent to News24, the 35-year-old passed away in her sleep and was found by neighbours.

“It is with great sadness that the Shongwe family announces the untimely passing of our beloved daughter Ntombifuthi Pearl Shongwe," the statement reads.

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“Our daughter was a celebrated radio broadcaster and TV presenter. Her presence will forever live on in our hearts,” the statement continues before the family asks for privacy.

According to her profile on Owen S Management, the versatile broadcaster had garnered skills as a television presenter, newsreader, voice artist and facilitator. She started her broadcasting career at the age of 12 when she started to audition for television commercials.

“Her career kicked off in 2010 when she worked for youth radio station YFM as an entertainment reporter alongside youth pioneer and DJ, Mo Flava, for over two years. She went on to work as a floor MC at Silverstar Casino where she learnt the art of connecting with audiences. Having sport as one of her passions led her to work with SABC Sport as a reporter and voice artist to their flagship programs, including a children’s sport show, Sports Buzz,” her bio reads.

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At the time of her passing, Pearl worked as a newsreader on METRO FM’s drivetime show The Touchdown alongside T-bo Touch. She was also a TV Host for talkshow Daily Thetha on SABC 1.

Since the news of her passing, tributes have been pouring in and many remember her for her soothing voice and bubbly personality.

Here’s what people said about her passing:

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