- Sportscaster Robert Marawa, walked out of Metro FM in July 2017 after a disagreement
- Insiders say the SABC will be placing him on Radio 2000 in April
- Listeners have been begging for Marawa's return to the station since he left
Reports suggest that opular sportscaster Robert Marawa will join Radio 2000 in April, as the host of a new two-hour sports show between 5pm and 7pm every weekday.
Insiders have reported that Marawa's decision to join Radio 2000 have stunned Metro FM.
The station is allegedly attempting to counter the impending threat to its listenership by trying to convince TV presenter Thomas Mlambo to take over the Ultimate Sports Show.
The show is currently hosted by Udo Carelse and Mpho Maboi between 6pm and 7:30pm, Monday to Friday.
Marawa parted ways with Metro FM in July 2017, after a disagreement when the show suspended his long-time producer, Briefly.co.za learned.
Listeners have been begging Metro FM to take him back, but it may be too late as rumours suggest he is to be part of a new strong lineup at Radio 2000 that includes popular DJ Glen Lewis taking over the afternoon drive slot.
Insiders said Andile Ncube‚ who is the current host of the 6pm to 7pm slot on Radio 2000 will be offered a position as a sports newsreader.
Marawa has not confirmed the rumours, and said he had no idea what was going on at the SABC.
“I don’t know anything about Thomas (Mlambo) moving to the Ultimate Sports Show on Metro FM‚ you must check with Bra Kaizer (Kganyago) because he is the one who speaks on behalf of SABC‚” SABC's acting head of radio, Orapeleng Lebethe said.
Kganyago said he did not want to feed into the rumour machine and added that that he would be more willing to open up after the radio stations in question have announced their new line-ups next month.
“That (Mlambo joining Metro FM) is a rumour and until it is confirmed by the station it will remain just that‚” Kganyago said.
“You must remember that every year around this time‚ there are line-up changes and for that to happen stations interact with various people.
“As an example‚ if I engage you‚ it does not mean that you will get a slot and we will only be able to make announcements after people have signed on the dotted line.”
Kganyago was equally noncommittal when asked about Marawa joining Radio 2000.
“I don’t have an answer to that and I am saying that deliberately because I don’t want to feed to the speculations‚” he said.
“Once the stations have finalized their line-ups‚ we will be able to talk."
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