I used to call him the man with the golden tonsils - John Robbie

Former 702 talk show host and media personality John Robbie says he was "delighted" to hand over the reins to Xolani Gwala on 702's Breakfast Show in 2016.

Gwala who has been described by most as a gentle giant lost his battle with colon cancer on Friday morning.

Sharing his thoughts on the veteran broadcaster's death, Robbie says Gwala was "something special".

There was no bitterness about my moving on, it was the most amicable parting in the history of broadcasting. I was delighted to hand down to him.

John Robbie, Former 702 Talk Show host and media personality

He was fantastic. He was that rare mix of somebody who had talent, I used to call him the man with the golden tonsils because of that fantastic voice and he was something special.

John Robbie, Former 702 Talk Show host and media personality

Click on the link below to hear the full interview..

Eyewitness News (EWN) traffic anchor Tshego Modisane recounts his last moments with Gwala.

When I saw Bra X last week Thursday, he got up, had a sip of water and he said 'Modisane, it is tough but kuzolunga, it is going to be ok' and I looked at this man and I thought what do you mean it is going to be ok because you are suffering.

Tshego Modisane, EWN traffic anchor

I knew it does not matter how long you see someone that you love suffer, you can never be prepared for that last moment.

Tshego Modisane, EWN traffic anchor

With tributes pouring from the rest of the Primedia Broadcasting family, these are what some of his current and former colleagues had to say:

Gwala and I had an incredible relationship as his technical producer and him as talent. I would not change that for anything in the world. I am going to miss him terribly.

Dineo Mashego, Operations coordinator - Primedia Broadcasting

In the 23 or 24 years that I have been involved in radio, the time I spent with Gwala was absolute magic and pure joy.

Udo Carelse, former collegue

Click on the link below to hear the full tribute...


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