FORMER Umhlobo Wenene FM DJ Mthobeli “KCI” August is allegedly making a comeback on the airwaves.
KCI hosted the Masigoduke afternoon drive time show before he was unceremoniously demoted to a graveyard slot in 2016.
With the SABC currently in the process of reviewing radio presenters’ contracts, our sources at the country’s second biggest radio station revealed that KCI had been approached by management with the view to lure him back.
This is the third time KCI, who is said to have fallen on hard times, is given a lifeline by the station.
In 2007, he was suspended and was again fired in 2013 for “insubordination”.
This after he allegedly failed to stick to the station’s playlist and instead decided to play his own choice of music during his show.
When called for comment, KCI said: “That’s news to me.
“But my battery is about to die. Can you call me later, please?”
But our mole is adamant the dreadlocked DJ is on his way back to the station and will be unveiled as the latest addition to the station’s line-up come April.
“Yes, he’s definitely coming back and will be officially announced soon as part of the new line-up.”It was sad to see such talent go to waste. The station made a great move by bringing him back. But this time he must just focus on doing what he does best and follow the rules,” said our mole.
Another source said in an effort to revive programming, the station had looked into bringing back both KCI and legendary broadcaster Putco Mafani.
But Putco has since secured a plush job at the Department of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation.
Acting SABC spokesperson Mmoni Seapolelo said: “SABC affirms that it respects the confidentiality of contracts entered into with its service providers, employees and independent contractors.
“We will therefore not discuss matters of any nature related to our stakeholders publicly.
“Should there be line-up changes the SABC will communicate to its respective stakeholders accordingly”.
In another news at the station, Sijik’ilanga co-host Spitch Nzawumbi, revealed he had resigned for further opportunities.
The news caught many of his fans by surprise and they took to social media to express their sadness.
But Spitch, who is a nominee in this year’s DStv Mzansi Viewers’ Choice Awards as best personality, said the time had come for him to grow and “reposition myself in a space that will allow me new challenges and further opportunities.”
He wrote on his social media page: “I have been fortunate to live most of my dreams in my 20s, experiment, learn and grow as I win many hearts along. But time for change has come. I part ways with the station in good faith, having successfully grown the show I was entrusted with and built a lovely relationship with its audiences. I leave on good record, having engraved my name on something great and impactful. Thank you so much to each one who has supported my radio career over the years and continue to support every single thing with my name on.”
The 30-year-old DJ added that he is taking a break from radio to focus on other career interests as he evolves and grows.
“I’m a firm believer of leaving at your prime to rebuild in a different space. My 30s will be precisely about this- expanding my territory,” he said.