Entertainment/31 May 2020, 14:02pm / Molefi Sompane
Retired Radio Presenter Chomane Chomane: Image Facebook
Bloemfontein: The retired radio man Chomane Chomane on Sunday took to social media to express his dissatisfaction after Lesedi fm invited him to pair with Thuso Motaung for “Retswa Hole” 60th birthday memorable scheduled shows that are airing tomorrow.
According to Chomane’s FaceBook post he is not happy to be paired with Motaung, who is currently working at the station.
“I’m very sorry to disappoint you as listener[s] of Lesedi FM. I won’t make it tomorrow morning. I presented the show alone why I must present it with Thuso (sic),” Chomane wrote.
Chomane left Lesedi fm few years ago after being a Presenter of the famous Hareye Morning Drive show (now Monate Breakfast show presented by Twasa and Ba2cada.) for more than 15 years, the show which boasted over 1.5-million listeners daily, had a strong self-empowerment theme, a shift from its strong inclination towards sport a few years ago. This also earned him the Steve Tshwete lifetime achievement in the 2015 SA Sport Awards
Speaking to The Insider SABC confirmed that Chomane was invited to co-present with Thuso Motaung
“The SABC can confirm that Mr Chomane Chomane was invited to present alongside Mr Thuso Motaung based on his rich history and knowledge of the station,” said SABC acting spokesperson Mmoni Seapolelo.
“He will be reminiscing on the station’s great events and memories. These giants of the airwaves have been paired together to offer the Lesedi FM’s listeners the best experience as they are taken down memory lane by two hosts whose knowledge of the station is unmatched.
“It is unfortunate that Mr Chomane Chomane, has taken a decision not to participate and we respect this decision.”
When The Insider contact him on Sunday to get his side of the story, Chomane said he is in a meeting he is unable to comment.
However, he took to Facebook yesterday to confirm that he was not part of the show in a now deleted post.
According to a poster of the line-up, Mamontha Motaung will join the 9am to 12pm show; while Pulapula Mothibi will takeover from 12.30pm to 3pm. Lucky Qacha is expected to close between 3pm to 6pm.
“Chomane did the show alone for almost two to three decades. Thuso never did. Of all the people presenting, Chomane is the one who is still fresh and only gave up about two years ago,” a close source at the station told The Insider.
“Mothibi last presented more than 20 years ago. Lucky about 15 or so years ago. All of them are presenting alone.”
The SABC clarified that all the returning radio stars will be paired with other current personalities.
“As part of its 60th birthday celebration, Lesedi FM will embark on various activities to celebrate this major milestone by pairing old talent with new for specific programmes. These activities included taking the station’s listeners down memory lane,” Seapolelo said.
His followers also questioned the decision to pair both former colleagues, who their relationship turned sour during Power Mix debacle.
Thuso is currently the full time Presenter of both Jwale ke Nako and Makgulong a matala, other listeners weighed in lashing decision.
However Seapolelo told The Insider that none of the old personalities will present shows on their own
“It must be emphasised that none of the old personalities were going to present the shows on their own. The aim of inviting the old on-air personalities was to allow them to share their memories during their tenure at the station.”