Melanie Bids goodbye To her TV ”Husband Bob” Mabena

Melanie Bids goodbye To her TV ”Husband Bob” Mabena

Bob Mabena’s colleague and while friend Melanie Bala has penned a heartfelt tribute to Bob and comforting his wife Eucharist Mabena.

The duo worked together for many years and had a friendship like no other. Breaking her silence over his passing, she wrote a lengthy social media post reflecting on the type of person the late veteran radio personality was. From the very first day they met to the last time they spoke, Melanie laid out all her emotions in commemoration of her dear friend.

“Waking up during a world without Bob is surreal. during a conversation a few legacy projects he was busy with, I told him: “You my friend, have LIVED!!” And live he did.
Unapologetically so.

“As a young Black man from Atteridgeville, the limit didn’t exist for Bob. If he wanted it, he went for it. The prospect of failure be damned,” she wrote.

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Waking up in a world without Bob is surreal. In a conversation about a legacy project he was busy with, I told him: “You my friend, have LIVED!!” And live he did. Unapologetically so. Club Deejay, Primetime Radio Host, Rapper/Performer, Television Presenter, Race Car Driver, Radio Manager – as a young Black man from Atteridgeville, the limit did not exist for Bob.  If he wanted it, he went for it. The prospect of failure be damned.  He was driven by passion and excellence. When an idea excited him, late night texts were not unusual, followed by a “Oh sh*t, sorry, I didn’t realise the time”.  We were just two kids from Pretoria, who were having the time of our lives – it just happened to be on the biggest TV music show in the country. From appearances at tiny clubs in small towns, to filling up stadiums in cities, on television and radio, he always had my back.  My Tupac-loving, West Coast for life, Jack Daniels-drinking, great music-loving, sh*t-talking, two-left-feet dancing, hilarious, intense, genuine & generous, protective brother, my ‘TV Husband’ – I will miss you desperately. I’m eternally thankful we met and shared such a special journey, that you were unashamedly expressive enough to randomly text “I love you friend – no reason, just wanted you to know”. I knew. My mistake was, I thought we had time.  I ask everyone to lift up the people who gave him his greatest joy: his wife Eucharist (@mrs_mabena) and his children, and all his family and friends; with love + strength, during this unbearable time.  “Our friendship was written in the stars”, you said. Indeed it was. I’ll see you on the other side of the stars. Rest well, Bob. 💫❤️🙏🏽 #RIPBobMabena

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The media personality reminisced on the time they began as children within the industry and the way that they had each other’s backs regardless of the circumstances. Melanie spoke highly of her friend who consulted her when in need, calling him her TV husband.

“When a thought excited him, late night texts weren’t unusual, followed by a “Oh sh*t, sorry, I didn’t realize the time”. We were just two kids from Pretoria, who were having the time of our lives – it just happened to get on the most important TV music show within the country…my ‘TV Husband’ – i will be able to miss you desperately.

“I ask everyone to lift up the people that gave him his greatest joy: his wife Eucharist and his children, and every one his family and friends; amorously + strength, during this unbearable time. “Our friendship was written within the stars”, you said. Indeed it had been . I’ll see you on the opposite side of the celebs . Rest well, Bob,” she concluded.