TV presenter Vuyo Mbuli passes away

Pretoria - Renowned SABC television and radio presenter, Vuyo Mbuli, has passed away at the age of 46.

The SABC reports that Mbuli, who was famous for this trademark “sharp sharp” sign off at the end of the Morning Live show, collapsed while watching a ruby match between the Cheetahs and Reds at the Free State Stadium on Saturday.

He was treated on the scene before being rushed to hospital in the city, where he passed away.

South Africans from all walks of life took to the social networks to express condolences and to mourn the versatile presenter, who for decades has been a constant presence in many homes, tackling various issues with vigour and charm.

President Jacob Zuma, who hailed Mbuli’s contribution to the nation, said his loss would be felt across the country.

"It is hard to think of a more patriotic and positive person than Vuyo. He was always cheerful and the whole nation will miss his smile and encouraging words. I wish to express, on behalf of government and the entire South African population, our words of condolence to the Mbuli family, friends and the South African Broadcasting Corporation.

“Your loss is the nation's loss. May his soul rest in peace," said President Zuma.

Ordinary South Africans used social networks to send their condolences.

“The loss of an icon is difficult to accept. Thank you Vuyo Mbuli for being an inspiration to us broadcasters. I will forever salute you,” wrote one Twitter user.

Another tweeted: “Vuyo Mbuli was a brother, a friend and a colleague... death be not proud. Condolences to the family, friends.”

Another tweet read: “RIP Vuyo Mbuli. You made sure we started our mornings on the right note. South Africa will miss you.”

Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) acting CEO, Phumla Williams, said Mbuli’s death was a huge loss to the media industry and South Africa.

“Government expresses its deepest condolences to his family, friends and the media industry. Vuyo has touched the hearts of South Africans through his work. ” -