Former Umhlobo Wenene FM radio presenter, Putco Mafani has thanked his former colleagues for shaping his radio career.

In a Facebook post, he said he owed his success to the people he had around him.

“Trained as a broadcasting all rounder, I may have won numerous awards as a broadcaster in South Africa including the biggest – induction to the SA Hall of Fame but I was shaped by my environment, and shaped by my colleagues Dambile Tuswa, Fikile Lubisi, Desmond Davids, Pat Kondile, Chris Dunga, Senzol Mnyango, Sammy The Cat, Thozamile Nyakatya, Kid Nkayi, Morris Qalase, Monwabisi Tom, Candy Swartz , Tumsie Mlandu, Ntomboxolo Nolisi (Malusi), Thoko Thaiteng, Mongezi Xengana, Zola Majiza, Sheila Bell and many others who were at Radio Ciskei already when I started,” he wrote.

His fans and industry colleagues took turns to remind him of his early days on radio.

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SABC former reporter and editor wrote: “Evidence Kemp the kempone, Chris Mcgregor, Vuyani Makaza, Saba Mbixane, I remember you and Saba jiving kwi OB eAlice around 1991/2 which was promoting Cool Aid or Sweet Aid.”

Nana Dalasile Tasti wrote: “Well done on investing in others Bhutiza. The proof that one lived is measured by the lives that he has touched... You matter so much in the entertainment industry. We are grateful to have you in as SA’s #Legendary.”

Bongani Tomi said that Putco needs to be appreciated while he’s still alive.

“Let’s also give you flowers while you’re still alive, butizaaaaa,” he wrote.

Putco used to broadcast Umhlobo Wenene FM’s morning show, iBreakfast Eyondlayo Ekuseni.

He left the public broadcaster in 2017 to join an online radio station, Rhythm FM.