Vuyo Mbuli leaves a legacy, says SABC

2013-05-20 08:11
Johannesburg - SABC radio and television presenter Vuyo Mbuli has left a legacy for the country's youth, the public broadcaster's CEO Lulama Mokhobo said on Monday.

"He leaves a tremendous legacy and I think for the young people that have watched him and followed him..., this is a time for them to say 'I potentially could be the next Vuyo'..., somebody who is completely fearless," Mokhobo said in a Morning Live interview with Leanne Manas.

"He was somebody who was so dedicated and professional. It didn't matter what it was, if Vuyo had to do it, he did it with absolutely the best of his ability," Mokhobo said.

Memorial service

Manas broke down and cried on camera at the start of the programme on Monday.

The SABC reported that Mbuli, 46, collapsed while watching a rugby match between the Cheetahs and the Reds at the Free State Stadium on Saturday night.

He was treated at the scene before being taken to the Bloemfontein Mediclinic, where he later died.

Mokhobo said a memorial service would be held at the SABC on Wednesday, and that the Mbuli family had informed the broadcaster that his funeral would be held on Friday.

Details of the two events would be released later in the week.

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  • Kenneth Mthethwa - 2013-05-20 08:19

    RIP Vuyo. Sharp Sharp bro.

      Emmanuel Manny Lonzo Ndouvhada - 2013-05-20 08:26

      robala ka kgotso senatla retla dula regogopola

      Retshidisitswe Portia - 2013-05-20 08:27

      may ur lovin soul R.I.P MbuLelo Mbuli. Mornin live will neva b da same withowt u.. sharp sharp

  • Buwa Thomas - 2013-05-20 08:32

    it is a sad indeed. mintiro ya wena yivulavurile. bro vuyo, rest in peace.

  • Robert Sidney - 2013-05-20 08:33

    Shame man. Loved him. Sharp sharp

  • Tlou Moloto - 2013-05-20 08:48

    Our mornings will never be the same again..RIP Mr. Mbuli. You served us with absolute diligence..

  • Prenisha Pillay - 2013-05-20 08:50

    RIP Vuyo. Sharp Sharp!

  • Lance Robile - 2013-05-20 08:50

    RIP, Sharp sharp.

  • gumete1 - 2013-05-20 08:52

    we meet to part, and we part to meet', to my sister Leanne Manas, life at work wil never be the same, bt be strong. R.I.P Tata Vuyo Mbuli.

  • Babs Sopete - 2013-05-20 08:55

    may your soul rest in peace Buti

  • Phineas Moeketsi - 2013-05-20 08:59

    Gone bt too soon may ur soul R.I.P bro Vuyo only God knows y u.

  • Hazel Mavoungou - 2013-05-20 09:03

    My heartfelt condolences to the Mbuli family for their sudden sad loss. May Vuyo's soul rest in heavenly peace. I never knew him personally but i enjoyed his Morning live every morning. Sharp Sharp! Eita Da!

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  • Naome Mokeki - 2013-05-20 09:08

    Four days after his birthday!

  • Du Toit Coetzee - 2013-05-20 09:09

    Vuyo. I lately never watched SABC anymore, but when I want lighten up my morning or just feel I need a smile I knew where to get you. I always like you and you were always such fun to watch while all knew that you were a hard worker behind the scene. I am not glad that you are gone, but comfort bu knowing the last memories of yours, of the mach that you were watching, must have been most pleasant. R I P. Sag slaap BIG man.

  • Mpho Mbedzi - 2013-05-20 09:14

    its so sad to wake up and not here and watch vuyo taking us through the whole SA. We will miss him. hi mpela mitirho ya valavula.

  • Madaboutyou Love - 2013-05-20 09:15

    Rest in peace my brother. O re siile re sa nagana. Mornings won't be the same without hearing "Abusheni, Dumelang, Sanibonani, Goeie more, Heita daa and sharp sharp" We will forever miss you. You were such an inspiration to us the youth.

  • Aubrey Meyers - 2013-05-20 09:21

    It was so painful today I just wake up like normal days,thinking that I wil see Mr Shap Shap but only a chair that was empty.I wil mis Mr Vuyo in my life I just as God why him,why now?but no answer I m praying for family,friends an crew of SABC an us pipul who watch Morning live.May God b wit us in ths time it was a emotional morng.Tata u wil b always b in my heart an u are the Best I learn a lot frm u'special to be happy an smile even if the situation s bad!I m a Pastor 2day coz u make me not to give up in life!!!May God b u an ur family!RIP Shap Shap!!!

  • Katrien Van Heerden - 2013-05-20 09:21

    So hartseer maar die Here het vir Hom 'n pragtige blom kom pluk. Sterkte aan almal was agterbly.

      Kolobe Mamabolo - 2013-05-20 09:42

      Its so painfull, He will be missed and be remembered globally by viewers of Moning Live - SABC. I would like to express my deepest condolences to the family, friends, SABC crew and to the South Afircans. Mr sharp sharp, eita da! RIP.

  • Riette Reid - 2013-05-20 09:23

    So young. So sad. RIP Vuyo.

  • Thomas Zakes Ncokayithobi - 2013-05-20 09:25

    It's devastating moment to all South African . But who can question Gods will? May ur soul RSP. U will be remembered.

  • Jacky Malatji - 2013-05-20 09:33

    RIP bra Vuyo we will never hear mintirho ya vulavula sharp sharp in the mornings

  • Phathu Ladypat Ndou - 2013-05-20 09:34

    may your soul rest in peace mr "sharp sharp" morning live will never be the same without you.

  • Charmaine Rowlands - 2013-05-20 09:36

    Rest in Peace Vuyo, you will be sadly missed

  • Yvonne Modibedi - 2013-05-20 09:39

    We will always remember you Vuyo rest in peace

  • Nkoneni Albert Netshiendeulu - 2013-05-20 09:42

    I used to always wake-up to Vuyo Mbuli's voice and i used to like it when he speaks in my mother tongue "Ri Khou vha tanganedza kha mbekanyamushumo yashu" traslated as "we welcome you to our programme" I will miss you Mr Sharp, Sharp. A morning without Vuyo is not a complete one. Robala ka kgotso. It will be hard for us to come to terms with your sudden departure. We love u.

  • Maphily Mbhele - 2013-05-20 09:42

    Rest In Peace Vuyo, sizohlala sikukhumbula noSharp Sharp wakho. I share the deepest sympathies to the family, and South Africa as a whole.

  • Sibusisiwe Hunter Mqoboli - 2013-05-20 09:44

    Gone too soon,may his soul RIP

  • Solomon Manganyi - 2013-05-20 09:45

    I used to watch morning live every morning and i must say it is a shock of my life i was his favorite and enjoyed his shows daily.He was too dedicated to his work. I remember him saying mintirho ya vulavula and followed by sharp sharp then i will get my car keys and go work being filled with lots information Bra Sol Midrand

  • Nkoneni Albert Netshiendeulu - 2013-05-20 09:49

    RIP Mr Vuyo Mbuli, your work speaks for itself like you always say "Mitiro ya vulavula" We'll miss you every morning when you leave the show with your "Sharp, sharp" trademark.

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  • Reader Masombuka - 2013-05-20 09:50

    we loved u n we wil mis u rest in peace

  • Sithembile Ngwenya-Ledwaba - 2013-05-20 09:51

    RIP Vuyo, you will be missed!

  • Reader Masombuka - 2013-05-20 09:52

    we loved u man and we wil mis .rest in peace

  • Lincoln Mwame - 2013-05-20 09:55

    i came to watch this man a few weeks ago through sabc 2, but at first sight he made a great impact on me rest in peace big man, from zambia.

  • Issa Kabudula - 2013-05-20 09:57

    We can not speculate on stress, high blood pressure or anger on the sudden death of our "sharp sharp man" if time of our life comes to an end, we die any time and any place with or without sickness. To many his death is a lesson that we don't wait for sickness for us to die and its not accident to death - we got limited time to live and therefore we need to prepare for the death every time and every day. Vuyo Mbuli to me was a man of talent, active, go-getter and had respect of himself and other people, that I will miss him and his programme and therefore may the Almighty have mercy on him and forgive him. For his family cry less Mbuli was admired person for all who watched his shows and be patience it happens in life and it will keep on happening.

  • Lindiwe Nkumane - 2013-05-20 10:02

    Vuyo will be remembered with his energetic personality, and his famous phrase "sharp-sharp heita"

  • Brian Connell - 2013-05-20 10:03

    While I mourn the loss of a magnificently professional broadcaster who brought seriousness, humour and great commentary to us each and every morning, I am amazed at the outpouring of affection for this fine man. For once on this platform, black and white are united in their comments of grief and sympathy. What an outstanding legacy, Vuyo, to know that you were cherished and revered by all members of South African society. A great loss to South Africa. My condolences to the family and friends of this great character, and to Leanne who worked so well with him to bring some sunshine into our lives. Rest in peace, Vuyo, you were a MAN.

      Brian Connell - 2013-05-20 13:15

      Thanks for the thumbs-down! Can I ask why whoever you are chose to do that? I see nothing untoward or contentious in my post. Or is it simply to be contentious yourself? A way to try an evoke some sort of angry response so typicl of a large number of people who contribute (and I use that word lightly) to these pages?

      Jo.Davies123 - 2013-05-20 14:44

      I am also confused by this thumbs down, as I thought your words were lovely and a tribute to this wonderful man. I will say that there are people on Twitter who have upset me by some of their racist comments, saying that a white person has no right to mourn his loss. I for one do not choose who to befriend or admire by the colour of their skin and I held a great amount of respect for Vuyo. Perhaps it is one of these sad, racist individuals who is thumbs "downing"? Once again, your words were lovely

      Brian Connell - 2013-05-20 15:20

      Thank you Jo. Yes, it's a sad reflection of our society, isn't it, when racism can rear its ugly little head in the most diverse circumstances. Circumstances where there should be NO divide whatsover. I stand by what I said about Vuyo. A great loss to South Africa. He was a fantastic personality, and is one whose colour meant absolutely nothing to his millions of viewers. I note with interest and sadness that the thumbs-down artist has chosen not to explain himself (or herself, of course).

  • Sharon Wallauer Bayford - 2013-05-20 10:04

    A true professional and a really nice guy. RIP Vuyo, heaven has gained a super Angel.

  • Gail Bruce - 2013-05-20 10:07

    Vuyo may your soul rest in peace..Morning live will never be the same without you, what about poor Leanne?..Sharp Sharp my brother on TV!

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  • Xan Zar Nkabinde - 2013-05-20 10:29

    Sharp Sharp Vuyo, you will be missed dearly....

  • Sazi Cwele - 2013-05-20 10:59

    What a classic men full of fun,one of his quote {they call him "Father, his name is Richard Mdluli the most camera men in the land} 'Mmmmh sad to know those terms are gone now. RIP Mr. Mbuli my morning indeed will never be the same without your jokes, motivational speeches, especially showing how he appreciate all his collegues from Cleaner, Tea Lady, Cameraman to his Associate Leanne Manas etc.

  • James Chaula - 2013-05-20 11:34

    Every morning be for I go to wake I hv to watch your programme on sabc,i will remember you always with your ward SHARP SHARP,HEITA,may soul rest in peace,james

  • James Chaula - 2013-05-20 11:35

    Rest in peace vuyo,sharp sharp

  • James Chaula - 2013-05-20 11:35

    Every morning be for I go to wake I hv to watch your programme on sabc,i will remember you always with your ward SHARP SHARP,HEITA,may soul rest in peace,james

  • Lerato Matsolo - 2013-05-20 12:30

    it is really sad and painful to accept the passing away of Vuyo Mbuli, we have really lost a good SouthAfrican and Morning live will never be the same without you, may your soul rest in peace Mr Mbuli.

  • Jabu Mazibuko - 2013-05-20 12:32

    Our love is measured by the pain we feel at the loss

  • Mahlodi Caroline - 2013-05-20 13:53

    Robala ka kgotso. re tla go gopola gele dikela ge le tlhaba e tlaba masisa pelo ka Sharp Sharp.

  • Nandi Siboto - 2013-05-20 14:46

    What a Phenomenal Broadcaster: I always wake up on your voice Vuyo Mbuli on Morning Live every day from Monday-Friday, to day It was a different day for me. I cried when I saw your chair empty and the whole team was there trying to be strong. you've left a huge void and no one can replace it. May your Great soul Rest In Peace bra Vee. SHARP SHARP! GOEIE GENADE!

  • Zuziwe Mdladla - 2013-05-22 09:15

    Strating a day without you and your inspiring words is going to be difficult. You brought sunshine and hope every morning. May your soul Rest in peace. May the Lord be with your family during these trying times.

  • Sam Mwandla - 2013-05-22 12:01

    I always knew if i want to brighten my day I have to watch Morning live with Mr sharp sharp. It will never be the same anymore. May Almighty be with Leanne and Vuyo's family. Vuyo RIP ndoda yamadoda. you are a hero to us.