THE memorial service for Motsweding FM’s Boitumelo Moetsi, who was best known as Mmamane Tumi or Rakgadi wa bana, took place today, 10 June.

Due to Covid-19 regulations, the memorial service was broadcast virtually for those who could not make it because of the restrictions.

She worked as an SABC education children’s programme presenter and producer, including the well-known Motsweding FM Sunday School programme.

Tumi died last weekend due to Covid-19 related complications, according to the SABC and family spokesman Dede Letsoge.

Letsoge also confirmed that the presenter would be laid to rest on Saturday, 12 June. The funeral service will be held at Mmabatho Convention Centre.

He said they’ve also made provisions for those who won’t be able to attend the funeral service due to limited numbers.

“We have invited 100 people and we are not going to allow anybody who has not confirmed to attend the funeral. However, we have made provisions for a virtual funeral for those who will not be able to attend the service.”

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Motsweding FM’s station manager Mmamontha Motaung described Mmamane Tumi as a pretty flower among flowers. She sent her condolences to Tumi’s partner, friends and family.

“We’ve lost someone who was very passionate about her job. I did not know her personally, but I used to listen to her shows and even encouraged presenters from Lesedi FM to listen to her show to hear how she interacted with the kids,” Motaung said.

Senior producer Frida Tlhapane spoke about how passionate Mmamane Tumi was when it came to her job.

“I am just saying that God should be gracious to us because our hearts have been broken.”

She said Tumi started working for SABC education in 2002.