Umhlobo Wenene FM Icons Reverend Rweqana and Sonwabo Yawa Die
Umhlobo Wenene FM is mourning the loss of its two broadcasting giants. Reverend Nomathamsanqa Rweqana and award-winning novelist and radio host Sonwabo Yawa, both passed away on Tuesday after falling ill.
The station’s Business manager, Loyiso Bala confirmed the sad development and said the duo’s contribution will forever be cherished.
“The loss of Reverend Nomathamsanqa Rweqana and Sonwabo Yawa leaves a void in the Umhlobo Wenene FM family and the South African broadcasting community. Their legacies will forever be remembered and their contributions cherished. Our deepest condolences go out to their families, friends, and colleagues during this difficult time,” he added.
Despite Reverend Rweqana’s retirement two years ago, her loyal followers continue to reminisce about her remarkable tenure. Since joining the station in 2008 until her retirement on March 31, 2022, she captivated audiences with shows like “Ngenan Emasangweni Ngendumiso,” a religious program airing Thursdays from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, and “Ndingu Yehova iGqirha Lakho.” Her contributions were recognized in 2017 when she was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Liberty Radio Awards.
Sonwabo Yawa’s impact at Umhlobo Wenene was equally profound. He spearheaded the award-winning drama series “Ithini Na Lento” and the informative series “Konakele phi?” shedding light on the tragedies surrounding initiates during circumcision rituals. Additionally, his book “Ingalo Yomthetho Inde” was adapted into a radio drama by the station. As an accomplished novelist, he also translated a commissioned play on Ukhozi FM for Umhlobo Wenene FM.