Bob Mabena Biography – Bob Mabena Profile
Bob Mabena is a South African radio Dj and presenter. He is also the Managing Director at Bob K Mabena Foundation a non-profit organization to bridge the gap between the more affluent children and those living in townships in South Africa.
Bob Mabena Age
He was born in 1969 in Pretoria, South Africa. He is 49 years old as of 2018.
Bob Mabena Wife – Bob Mabena New Baby
Bob married Eucharist Hadebe in 2015 and in 2016 they had their first born baby boy.
Bob Mabena Children
Bob is believed to have six children from previous relationships, including one with Zandi Nhlapo. His child with Eucharist is said to be the seventh.
Career in Media
Bob started his radio career in 1989 in the then Republic of Bophuthatswana with the now defunct Radio Bop where he presented Afternoon and Breakfast shows. He also presented a Music Video show on Bop TV. After spending three years in the North West and having ventured into television as well; he was recruited by Koos Radebe – Radio Metro station manager – to the national radio station. Bob’s stint at Radio Metro brought with it more national exposure in the form of a variety of TV shows, including “Pick a Tune” and “Studio Mix”, to mention a few. While at Radio Metro, Bob raced professionally in the Group N series for Nissan South Africa.
In 1996, Mabena moved to 94.7 as a mid-morning presenter and soon thereafter he went into management. His first experience with Kaya FM came in 1999, when he joined as the breakfast show host and Programme Manager and later Station Manager. Mabena left On Air presenting for a Primedia Business Development Manager post at Group level for two and half years and this move would prove to be his foray into the business world.
Bob’s next move into the executive world was with the SABC as Executive Manager of Commercial Radio stations; Metro FM, 5FM and GoodHope FM for two years. Soon after that, he was recruited by MRC Radio as director in charge of their radio stations, Gagasi FM and Heart FM. The live radio bug bit again and Mabena rejoined Kaya FM as Breakfast Host and established his own radio consultancy – EndowMedia. In May 2017, Mabena was recruited by MSG Group to head programming for all their radio stations. Added to his new responsibilities is his other role as station manager of Power98.7.
- January 2014 – April 2015: Professional Speaker in “attitude anchoring” and speech coaching at Endow Media.
- March 2011 – Present: Managing Director at Bob K Mabena Foundation.
- 2010 – Present: Managing Director at Endow Media & Marketing
- Managing Director at Makana Radio Communications
- Kaya FM DJ, South African Broadcasting Corporation
- 2007 – 2009: General Manager of SABC Commercial Radio Station.
Awards and Honors
- Best Breakfast Show, MTN (2013)
- Hall of FAME induction, MTN (2012)
- Best Television Presenter, Artes
- Best Rap Artist of the Year, South African Music Awards his album “Funkier-the Re-mixes”
- Best TV Presenter, Artes Award (1995)
- Best radio personality, Artes Award (1994)
Bob Mabena Health – Bob Mabena HIV
Radio veteran Bob Mabena has revealed some of his biggest fears as a 48-year-old man, which include being diagnosed with a lifestyle-related disease, which he said could be avoided by adopting a good diet and regular exercise.
Speaking to TshisaLIVE the radio personality explained that he had stopped going to the gym some time last year but that since then he has buried a scary number of friends to diseases like diabetes and hypertension.
Bob said that at his age HIV was not his biggest worry but rather diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart attacks, which scared him more because a healthy lifestyle could prevent them to some extent.
The radio veteran said part of leading a holistically healthy lifestyle meant that one had to explore different pleasures that life offered. This is also the reason why Bob has started attending theatre plays and polo matches.
Bob Mabena Foundation
Bob Mabena Foundation is a non-profit organization founded by Bob Mabena to bridge the gap between the more affluent children and those living in townships in South Africa.
The foundation aims to improve learning conditions in townships from early childhood development institutions to high schools and tertiary institutions. The Foundation has adopted a school in Pretoria and has already begun to work on enhancing the school’s infrastructure.
Bob Mabena Contact Details
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Bob Mabena Kaya Fm
Bob joined Kaya FM in 1999, where he joined as the breakfast show host and Programme Manager and later Station Manager. After working for more than a decade on Kaya FM radio, Bob Mabena announced his resignation from his breakfast show 180 in April 2017. He did his last show on Kaya FM on Friday, 28 April.
He said that he was leaving Kaya FM to join the company as its Group Head of Programming in its broadcasting department. “I am looking forward to working with entrepreneurs who are committed to the radio medium and who understand its power in shaping the social and business landscape of our country. I have lived radio throughout my career and believe my new role will allow me to apply my extensive broadcast experience in the boardroom‚” Bob said in the statement.
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Bob Mabena Interview
Interviewer: So it’s 25 years! How has it been?
Bob Mabena: It’s been crazy! I’ve had ups, downs, flat lines, tears of joy, and tears of pain, major successes and spectacular failures. It’s been an adventure.
Interviewer: How have you grown in the past 20 years?
Bob Mabena: I’ve grown up in front of this country; I was 19 when I broke into the industry, now I am 46. My first four years of radio was different. I was doing what everybody thought was cool back then, which was to sound American. But after that, I started hanging with people with good influence, like the late Peter Makurube, the late Arabi Mocheke, and the late Andrew Molefe, who grounded me. I’ve grown a lot career-wise and spiritually over the years and I think it’s been visible.
Interviewer: When you started 25 years ago, did you think you’d end up here? What was the vision?
Bob Mabena: The vision kept changing according to what I was going through at that time and certain awakenings.
Interviewer: Let’s talk about radio now versus what it was then. What has changed for you?
Bob Mabena: A lot has changed, but the one thing that has stayed the same is that radio is still what people thought of it back then – a friend and companion; that will never change. As to the changes, there’s been so much. Back then, radio’s biggest competition was TV. Now we have so much competition in the form of 24-hour news channels and social media, which has a great influence on people. But, what I love about radio is that we have always been able to get around issues and remain relevant. No matter the new technology that emerges, radio has always been able to plug itself anywhere.
Interviewer: What have been the highlights of you career?
Bob Mabena: The highlights have been on and off radio and one of my best ones was my first day of broadcast.
Interviewer: You did radio at a time where mainstream careers were a thing. How were you able to convince your parents to let you try it out?
Bob Mabena: What some might see as a misfortune worked in my favour. I didn’t have parents; my mother passed away when I was 11, so I was raised by my grandmother. So there were no two parents to argue about my career. My grandmother didn’t support it at first, but she’s the one who actually gave me the bus fare to travel for my first radio job.
Interviewer: Speaking of mainstream careers, what advice would you give a parent who doesn’t understand what their child wants to do?
Bob Mabena: It’s tough; I’m a parent to six kids, the eldest is 25 years. None of them are the same. But, parents need to understand that things have changed. Back then, our career choices were limited. It was either you could be a teacher, lawyer or doctor. Now, the options are endless. The first thing you need to do as a parent when your child is picking a career is to keep in mind that people are now slashers (more than one job/career). Your child could be anything they want to be. I understand that the world cares more about your IQ than anything else and that could affect our thinking, but we need to let that go. There are new careers and we should let our kids be. Have an open mind and learn the new things that are happening.
Interviewer: You have six kids. How do you balance life and work, and making sure they are fine?
Bob Mabena: I try not to do the balance thing because it doesn’t work for me. I rather go for harmony – there will be times where I do less of the other and I have to make sure that the scale is balanced. I’ve learnt that you have to be very present. I’ve got four girls and two boys, and I do my best to spend time with them. Sometimes I take the girls on a trip and spend a weekend with them, and the following week, I do the same for the boys.
Interviewer: What do you love most about being a father to four girls?
Bob Mabena: I have learnt from my girls that women have the power to grow and test you. I remember when one of my daughters experienced her first heartbreak; she was moody and broke dishes. That when I realised the importance of being aware as a parent. I appreciate how close I am with my daughters. They even called me when their periods started; that’s when I realised I needed to think of myself as a parent, not as a man. I also love how affectionate girls are and that has taught me a lot. My girls have tested, challenged and stretched me but at the same time, they’ve smothered me with so much love.
Interviewer: How are you so comfortable talking to your girls about periods and heartbreaks?
Bob Mabena: It started when I was 5 years old; my mother was very harsh on me. She always emphasised knowledge. She didn’t just give me a book; she forced a book on me. So, from a very young age I became inquisitive and spent every minute I had reading. Through reading and being interested, I got to understand a lot of things. I was also raised by a lot of women who were abused, so I developed a soft side for women. It’s through seeing and the wonderful women who influenced me that have made me understand women.
Interviewer: What’s next for you?
Bob Mabena: I’m currently working on a biography. It’s not about my life though, because the tabloids do that for me for free (laughs). I’m working on a book about my career.
Interviewer: You have the Jammer Journey 25 coming up soon. What is that about?
Bob Mabena: My business partner asked me if I realised that I’m consumed by everything around me, but haven’t stopped to celebrate what you’ve done for the past 25 years. And that’s when the idea came about.
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