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  • Saturday 1 February 2014

    Linda Sibiya Fired from the second leading radio station in the world Ukhozi FM

    Millions of Ukhozi FM listeners in South
    Africa and around the world are finding it
    hard to come to terms with the fact that
    Linda "Mr Magic" Sibiya is no longer part of
    the station. According to Isolezwe
    newspaper, Mr Magic was fired on
    Thursday. It is rumoured that his association
    with the African National Congress (ANC) is
    what cost him his job. He reportedly
    attended several ANC events. In one event,
    he is said to have publicly encouraged
    people to vote ANC, something radio DJs are
    not allowed to do.
    From Monday the 3rd of February his
    morning show, Vuka Mzansi, will be hosted
    by Sipho Mbatha a.k.a DJ Sgqemeza. Khathide
    Tshathugodo Ngobe will host the afternoon
    drive. The reaction from listeners on Twitter
    and Facebook shows clearly that they are
    unhappy with these changes. Some of them
    heavily criticized the station Manager Bonga
    Mpanza for poor management skills. Others
    threatened to boycott UKhozi FM and listen
    to Gagasi 99.5FM and other competing radio
    Sibiya's dismissal came as a shock to many
    listeners. On Twitter, Nkululeko Dlala said:
    "I'm still shocked about Linda Sibiya. UKhozi
    FM will never be the same, we will miss you
    Legend u (will) always be the best to me."
    Another user, Kgolo_Daguru, said: "I can't
    imagine Ukhozi fm without Mr Magic Linda
    Mr Magic's story about his journey to
    success served as a source of inspiration to
    many young people. There is a point in his
    life when he was so broke that he hung
    around the streets of Johannesburg without
    a place to sleep. He would sleep at Park
    Station, a railway station in Joburg. During
    the day he sold bed linen. His life
    circumstances made him consider
    committing suicide. In 1995 Radio
    Maritzburg (KZN) gave him an opportunity
    to host a 12 - 1pm show. During that time
    he also sold medical aid. In 1996, his dream
    of joining Ukhozi FM came true. From there
    he rose to prominence and became one of
    the most popular DJs in the station's history.
    From November last year, Mr Magic started
    hosting a talk show called "S'funukwazi" on
    DStv's Mzansi Magic. Whether his dismissal
    has to do with his new show, his political
    interests or personal conflicts with the
    management is yet to be confirmed. On his
    Twitter account, he said he would talk to the
    media at a press conference soon.

    Sifiso Nkwanyana

    Author & Editor

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