Monday, March 16, 2015

BREAKING. SABC's first female Ndebele TV news anchor, producer Mhlekwa Mahlangu dead at 39 after respiratory problems.

The SABC's Ndebele news anchor and producer Mhlekwa Mahlangu is dead following complication from respiratory problems. Mhlekwa Mahlangu died on Sunday. She was 39.

Mhlekwa Mahlangu joined the SABC in 2002 with the introduction of Ndebele and Swazi language TV news bulletins on SABC1 and was the SABC's first female Ndebele TV news reader.

Mhlekwa Mahlanga loved Ndebele news reading and described it as her "calling".

In 2008 Mhlekwa Mahlanga said "I am the first Ndebele female TV news reader in the world and no-one can erase that".

Before she joined the SABC Mhlekwa Mahlangu, who started her media career at the Winterveldt community radio station in 1996 as a Ndebele news reader, worked as a freelancer for the SABC as an election reporter from 1999 to 2001.

In 2003 in an interview with City Press, Mhlekwa Mahlangu famously revealed that she's been celibate for five years by choice and that she "chose celibacy because I wanted to know exactly who I am first, before I live with someone else".

Mhlekwa Mahlangu from Winterveldt, in Tshwane died on Sunday at the Wilgers hospital where she was admitted to recently after suffering from respiratory problems.