Tributes for former Umhlobo Wenene FM Dj, Saba Mbixane

FEBRUARY 27, 2015

Tributes continue to pour in for award-winning Umhlobo Wenene FM radio presenter, Saba Mbixane, also called Dj Napkin, who died on Thursday at the Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital in Mthatha - nearly three weeks after being hospitalized following a horrific motorbike accident near Mount Frere.

Mbixane suffered head injuries after crashing his off-road motorbike. He was flown to the Mthatha hospital on February 9 where he remained in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) until his death.

The Alfred Nzo District Municipality, his home district, said he was one of its greatest sons.

“The multi-award winning radio presenter, who was loved by the district, Eastern Cape and entire South Africa, was one of the district icons honoured with Executive Mayor’s Special Award as ambassador of the district, during the 1stAnnual Alfred Nzo Communicators & Community Media Awards held on 28 November 2014,” the municipality said.

“The award serve as an honorary award for an outstanding individual/s who comes from the Alfred Nzo District Municipality who have defied all odds to be among the best and the individual is flying the district flag nationally and international in different platforms in their area of expertise.

“Mbixane has contributed a lot in the upliftment of socio-economic and cultural activities through his traditional dance groups and other related initiatives.

“Alfred Nzo District Municipality wishes to convey condolences to the Mbixane family, people of Alfred Nzo, his colleagues at SABC, friends and Umhlobo Wenene FM listeners.
We will solely miss him as our son, entertainer and a businessman who helped in many ways to alleviate poverty in many communities in the district and beyond.”

Dumisani Goba, founder of the Satmas, paid a special tribute to Mbixane, who he described as “the fallen giant of the radio industry”.

Goba told the City Press that the organisation plans to approach the National and the Eastern Cape Provincial Government with a request that Mbixane be granted a special national or provincial funeral.

The African National Congress (ANC) in the Eastern Cape said that “Mbixane, as we all know was one of the South Africans who dedicated his life in making a difference in the lives of many.

“Through his influence and passion in the Art and Cultural Industries, he managed to unite South Africans and became the best in what he was doing. As a country, we have lost an icon of traditional music, we have lost a role model, we have lost a farther.

“Umhlobo Wenene FM has lost the best artist and the best traditional music presenter, South Africa know. We take our hats off for the work well done consistently to influence our young people. We are convinced that he had a life well lived.

“Those who saw a role model in him must take where he left and continue to lift our traditional music. To his family, ‘thuthuzelekani’. The country must allow him to rest in peace.”