Acornhoek: Ba- Phalaborwa municipality Mayor gave ‘Gibas’ a dignified funeral


Photo by Otto Ngobeni

By: Vulani Baloyi

Phalaborwa Community Radio, (PFM) obituary presenter, Busi Portia Mgiba has been laid to rest on Saturday at her native home village Cottondale outside Acornhoek in Mpumalanga.

‘Givas’ as she was known to her radio fans died last Friday at Maphuta Malatji Hospital outside Phalaborwa.

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PFM station manager, Sello Lepedi delivering his eulogy on Saturday said “Ba- phalaborwa Municipality mayor, Pule Shayi played a vital role in ensuring that the  veteran presenter received a dignified  funeral”.

“You will recall that the situation in this  family is bad, we were forced to ask the honourable Mayor to intervene and I’m pleased to announce that the Mayor helped us without hesitation”, Lepedi said.

Mayor Shayi was an instrumental in the establishment of Phalaborwa FM in 2004. However he left the station after his broadcasting stint to pursue a career in teaching, Lepedi added.

The mayor’s name was mentioned several times by mourners who came  to pay their last respect to the late ‘Gibas’.

May her soul rest in peace…!!!