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DJ Obrigado's sounds of silence on radio

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Botshelo Selogilwe

Botshelo Selogilwe

Lesedi FM and the larger SABC family have lost a valuable staff member with the death of Reitumetse Aubrey Menong.

He died in car accident in the Eastern Cape on Saturday, just 7km from Cradock. He was 31 years old.

The SABC has articulated Menong's death as a great loss.

"He will be missed for his cheerful nature, even under the most trying moments," it said.

Popularly known as DJ Obrigado, Menong helped ensure that Sesotho listeners had quality programmes. His sudden death has touched the lives of millions of listeners.

Menong joined the SABC in 2001 as a freelance presenter at Lesedi FM. He also worked as a music compiler, club manager and resident DJ, and was a compere at a variety of events around the country.

On radio he presented shows such as Di a Roropa, party time, Ka Makhalo on Saturdays, Khatholoha on Sundays, and sports programmes during the week.

Menong's career in radio began in 1993 in Mmabatho, North West, where he toured different high schools entertaining pupils.

He moved to Club CCV in his hometown of Kutlwanong in Odendaalsrus, Free State, where he became a resident DJ before moving to Johannesburg to complete his commercial broadcasting courses.

In 1996 he moved to Bloemfontein to work at the community radio station, Radio BBT. He hosted a programme called Campus Diary, which focused on students and youth issues.

He also had the opportunity to sit in on album recordings for artists such as Revolution, Mega Watts and Mshoza.

Menong played alongside well-known DJs including Fresh, Oskido, Christos and Glen Lewis.

He had recently completed an album, which he hoped to release soon.

Menong will be buried tomorrow at the Odendaalsrus Cemetery in Kutlwanong.

The service at the Methodist Church in Block 4 starts at 9.30am.


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