Broadcasting is poorer without Bro Ray

Joseph Peter Kgomo

Joseph Peter Kgomo

Ace radio man Raymond Smangaliso Ntuli, or Bro Ray, one of Emalahleni's greatest sons, is no more.

He was among the first announcers of Radio Ndebele more than 20 years ago.

Bro Ray was an all-rounder in his heyday. He was a sports commentator, hosted the morning show and Khalela Sizwe.

Many will remember him for his Satur-day show, Ngikuthunuka Ngikupholise, a motivational show.

He also had a stint on television.

The current breed of announcers learnt the ropes from the likes of Ntuli, who was also part of a group that translated the Bible into isiNdebele .

They drove the length and breadth of South Africa, researching the language. Today isiNdebele is on television, is read at universities and spoken anywhere shamelessly, thanks to Qabaqongo - his clan name.

The funeral service will be held at Emalahleni's Lynville Hall at 8am on Sunday, and the cortege leaves for the local Pretoria Road Memorial Park at 11am.

Ntuli is survived by his wife, Ellen, a son and a daughter.