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Johannesburg - The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) on Wednesday mourned the death of renowned broadcaster Cebo Manyaapelo.

He died on Wednesday, in Mahikeng, after a long illness. He was 50.

SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago in a statement said the board, management and staff members expressed heartfelt condolences to Manyaapelo's family and friends. 

"Manyaapelo will be remembered for his immense contribution at the SABC as the former Motsweding FM’s breakfast host for the programme ‘Re tla dula re thabile’ in 1998.

"The country has lost a very great man in Manyaapelo, and his work will continue to bring us great insight and understanding of the world of sport for decades to come. Mr. Manyaapelo’s talent was not only confined to South Africa, but he represented the SABC beyond the borders of South Africa where his skills were equally appreciated."

Kganyago added that Manyaapelo's meaningful contribution to the SABC would remain and continue to inspire all who knew him in his personal and professional space. 

"He will be deeply missed and may his soul rest in peace."

Adding to this was North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo, who said the province had not only lost a good broadcaster, but an entertainer and a motivator, 

"Manyaapelo was a knowledgeable, eloquent and gifted radio personality who was admired and respected by his listeners, young and old. In Manyaapelo, the North West province has not only lost a good broadcaster, but an entertainer and a motivator whom many emulated and looked up to," Mahumapelo said.

"Words seem inadequate to express my sadness about Manyaapelo’s death, and I hope Manyaapelo’s family, friends and colleagues will find comfort and strength in knowing that the North West Provincial Government and its communities share in this time of grief. Our thoughts and prayers are with the deceased family, and may Manyaapelo’s soul rest in eternal peace."

Manyaapelo, affectionately known as CC, had a rich history in broadcasting environment which dates back from 1984, where he worked as a sports presenter for the erstwhile Radio Bop. 

He later became a sports presenter for ‘Mamepe’, a sports programme on Motsweding FM.

Manyaapelo continued with ‘Mamepe’ as well as being a television sports commentator for ‘Laduma’, since 1998, until his untimely death. 

He also worked on big special events involving the SABC, like the FIFA World Cup in 1998 and 2010 as well as the AFCON 2013 and 2015.

Hailed as one of the best sports commentators in the country, Manyaapelo's in-depth, factual, well-informed and yet playful commentary captivated many football fanatics to the SABC channels. 

The details of his memorial and funeral service will be announced in due course.

Additional reporting by ANA