Rise FM Manager DiesFormer Rise FM Radio Manager Dies [Image: Daily Sun]

A former radio station manager at Rise FM dies after succumbing to a debilitating kidney failure in a heartbreaking development.


Former Rise FM Radio Manager Dies

Patrick Bogatsu, the former station manager of Rise FM in Mbombela, passed away at the age of 69. He breathed his last at his home in Tsakane, Brakpan, Ekurhuleni, on Sunday, April 7, around 4 pm.

His demise was confirmed by his elder son, Boyikanyo Bogatsu, who revealed that his father succumbed to kidney failure at home. Bogatsu, who would have turned 70 on April 30, was known to be diabetic but was mum about his kidney until when his demise was imminent. His son revealed to the Daily Sun:

“My dad was a diabetic person. But he told my sister before giving his last breath at home that he had kidney failure. He’s a visionary man and founder of a newly registered Radio Strategic Solutions company.” 


Rise FM Manager Dies
Former Rise FM Radio Manager Dies [Image: Daily Sun]


Lance Claasen, the current station manager of Rise FM, expressed the station’s sorrow at Bogatsu’s passing. He described Bogatsu as a leader who brought a unique vision and drive to the company during his tenure:

“It’s with heavy hearts that we at Rise FM announce the passing of our former station manager, Mr Patrick Bogatsu. We extend our deepest condolences to Mr Mogatsu’s family and loved ones during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with them as they mourn the loss of their beloved patriarch.

“His leadership, though brief, left an indelible mark on our organisation as we navigated through a period of change and transition. While our journey together may have been marked by challenges, we acknowledge his contributions to Rise FM and the impact he had on our station.”

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Funeral Arrangements

Patrick Bogatsu is survived by seven children. His funeral will take place on Saturday, April 13, at the United Reformed Church on Lerothodi Street in Tsakani. The service will start at 8 am to 11 am, followed by burial at Brakpan cemetery.

By Rumpel

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