UMHLOBO Wenene FM’s sports desk has been struck with yet another tragedy.
In April, the Eastern Cape-based station lost popular sport presenter Loyiso Sitsheke.
Death has now robbed the station of another presenter.
Sithembiso Ngqezana, who was affectionately known as “Bra Sterra or Inja ye Game”, died in a Port Elizabeth hospital on Saturday.
The award-winning presenter joined Umhlobo in 2008 from lnkqubela Community Radio Station.
Before that, he was a presenter at Ubuntu FM.
SABC acting provincial manager, Phumzile Mnci, said: “Ngqezana’s death is a huge blow because we were still trying to come to terms with Sitsheke’s sudden death.
“The Umhlobo Wenene family, listeners and the SABC are all devastated by the news. We’ve lost a great man. I’d like to send our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.”
Eastern Cape football club, Chippa United, also mourned Sterra’s death.
“Bra Sterra was a massive contributor to sports journalism and a giant in the Eastern Cape. Our heartfelt condolences to his family. Thank you for your contribution toward our brand.”
ANC provincial spokesman Gift Ngqondi, whose relationship with Bra Sterra dates back to his days at Ubuntu and Inkqubela FM, said: “Sterra was a legendary radio presenter who endeared himself to his listeners through his warm, intuitive and personal style of interactive radio.
“Sterra was no doubt a national treasure, both in the radio industry and country.
“Saturdays and Sundays will never be the same without his popular segment Ezemidlalo with Inja ye Game,” he said.
“Sterra has departed from our sight, but someone so special can never be forgotten. He’ll forever be on our hearts and minds.”