The funeral service of the iconic Clement Cebo Manyaapelo is said to take place tomorrow 30 November at the North West University Great Hall at 06h00.
This comes after South Africans heard the sad news of his passing on the 22 November, after a long illness. Government officials, colleagues, friends, family came to offer comfort yesterday at his memorial service held at the Freedom Square, SABC.
The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) expressed their condolences to the Manyaapelo family and friends upon the news of his passing. In a statement the SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said “the country has lost a very great man in Cebo Manyaapelo, and his work will continue to bring us great insight and understanding of the world of sport for decades to come”. “His meaningful contribution to the SABC will remain and continue to inspire all who knew him in his personal and professional space. He will be deeply missed and may his soul rest in peace”, he added.
North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo expressed his sorrow and disbelief upon hearing the news on the passing of Manyaapelo. “Cebo was a knowledgeable, eloquent and gifted radio personality who was admired and respected by his listeners, young and old. In Cebo Manyaapelo, the North West Province has not only lost a good broadcaster, but an entertainer and a motivator whom many emulated and looked up to”.
“Words seem inadequate to express my sadness about Cebo’s death, and I hope Cebo Manyaapelo’s family, friends and colleagues will find comfort and strength in knowing that the North West Provincial Government and its communities share in this time of grief. Our thoughts and prayers are with the deceased family, and may Cebo’s soul rest in eternal peace”, said the heart-broken Premier Mahumapelo.
Manyaapelo affectionately known as CC will be remembered for his immense contribution at the SABC as the former Motsweding FM’s breakfast host for the programme ‘Re tla dula re thabile’ in 1998. He later became a Sports Presenter for ‘Mamepe’, a sports programme on Motsweding FM. He continued with ‘Mamepe’ as well as being a television Sports commentator, for ‘Laduma’ since 1998 until his untimely death. He worked on big special events where SABC was involved, like the FIFA World Cup in 1998 and 2010 and the AFCON 2013 and 2015.
Manyaapelo has a rich history in broadcasting environment which dates back from 1984 as a Sports Presenter for the erstwhile Radio Bop. Cebo, as he was affectionately known to the millions of South Africans was one of the best Sports Commentators in the country. His in-depth, factual, well informed and yet playful commentary captivated many football fanatics to the SABC channels. His ability to use Setswana for football commentary inspired many youngsters and attracted them to the sport field.