28 January 2022
The dark cloud has hung in the media industry as the radio fraternity has lost the legendary and veteran presenter who made history of being the first black female to become a presenter at the SABC radio.
The news of the passing of this veteran, Winnie Mahlangu, were confirmed by the SABC in a statement.
The veteran Ukhozi FM presenter passed away on Thursday, the 27th January at the age of 88.
In a statement released by the SABC, they stated how Ukhozi FM chose to honour her while she was still alive with the initiative campaign that was formed in 2020.
This is what the statement said : In her honour and for a continued involvement beyond her tenure at the SABC, Ukhozi FM launched the Winnie Mahlangu Female Presenter Search as part of Women's month commemorations in 2020.
This annual competition has begun to unearth new female radio talent and is set to open more doors to many other inspiring female radio broadcasters.
The SABC revealed that Mahlangu died in hospital after she was admitted recently.
In a statement they sent on Thursday evening, they expressed their condolences to the family.
"The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) would like to express its heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and followers of Ms. Winnie Mahlangu... May her soul rest in peace, read the statement.
Winnie became the first black female radio presenter which was called Radio Bantu in 1962 and was renowned for her warm demeanour and role in female empowerment.
After Mahlangu retired on radio in 1993, she received her silver Order of Ikhamanga from the presidency to acknowledge her contributions made in the arts.
In 2020 at the launch of the Winnie Mahlangu Female Presenter Search, Ukhozi FM management paid her a visit at her home and gave her an honourary award.
Tributes started pouring in for her.
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