Robert Marawa

Robert Marawa is a South African sports journalist, television and radio personality who rose to fame as a ‘Zulu and English’ continuity presenter on SABC 1. He solidified his place and career in the entertainment industry when he moved to sport broadcasting; he previously fronted Topsport’s Laduma and currently hosts Thursday Night Live with Robert Marawa on Supersport 4 (SS4) and 083 Sports@6 with Robert Marawa on SABC Radio’s Metro FM.

Robert-Marawa
Born Robert Marawa
March 01, 1973
Vryheid
KwaZulu-Natal
South Africa
Education Hilton College
Wits University
Occupation TV Personality
Radio Personality
Sports Journalist
Since 1996 – to date
Siblings Gugu Marawa
Vanessa Marawa
Agent Unknown
Website Unknown

Robert Marawa was born in Vryheid, KwaZulu-Natal province of the Republic of South Africa.

He has two sisters; Vanessa Marawa who achieved fame after participating and eventually winning Survivor South Africa: Panama and Gugu Marawa who was the deputy manager of the South African Senior Men’s National Team (Bafana Bafana) and later general manager of the Durban based Lamontville Golden Arrows football club.

Robert Marawa went to Hilton College in Hilton outside Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal.

He later attended the University of the Witwatersrand in 1992 where he studied a Law Degree.

In 1996 when the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) overhauled and relaunched it’s three channels (SABC 1, 2 and 3), Robert Marawa auditioned and was hired as a continuity presenter for SABC 1.

In late 1997 he switched from continuity presenting to sports broadcasting, Robert Marawa joined Topsport ahead of the 1998 Fifa World Cup in France which would be the first for Bafana Bafana.

On Topsport Robert Marawa presented Laduma, a football show that continues to endure post Marawa era.

In his early days he saw through the 1998 Fifa World Cup, sharing the entire tournament with one other sports anchor.

Over the next years Robert Marawa would host host Soccerzone, a football highlights show which continues to air on SABC 1 on Mondays; Discovery Sports Centre which aired from 18:00 to 19:00 weekdays on SABC Radio’s Metro FM; hosted SABC 2’s boxing show Blow by Blow; traveled to Germany for the 2006 Fifa World Cup; hosted various other sports for the SABC and later Supersport.

He has also; presented The Peoples Celebration Concert – a 2006 Premier Foods concert, judged on 2012 Miss South Africa and co-hosted the 12th Annual Metro FM awards with Azania Mosaka in 2013.

In 2006 Robert Marawa left SABC TV for Supersport, SABC’s rival, but remained on SABC Radio’s Metro FM.

In 2013 he was the subject of an episode of SABC 1’s Pearl Modiadie hosted Zaziwa.

Robert Marawa currently hosts Thursday Night Live with Robert Marawa on Supersport 4 (SS4) and 083 Sports@6 with Robert Marawa on SABC Radio’s Metro FM.

 

Controversy

Although Robert Marawa has not been known to actively pursue controversy, he has been embroiled in several controversies down the years, most notably:

  • SABC-Supersport

Robert Marawa’s continued working relationship with SABC Radio and Supersport television channel has long been a subject of scrutiny and sometimes criticism.

Robert Marawa started his television career at SABC 1 as a continuity presenter (general presenter; no specific subject), one of three SABC television channels, and later switched to sports which presumably led to his post at Metro FM.

In 2006 he reportedly accepted a post and signed with Supersport ahead of the 2006 Fifa World Cup, traveled to Germany for the SABC to cover the tournament for the SABC and resigned after.

When Robert Marawa accepted a post at Supersport, he left his post at SABC television where he headed Laduma and Soccerzone but kept his post at Metro FM despite Supersport and SABC being rivals.

In February 2014 then SABC acting chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng announced a new policy that will prohibit presenters and news readers from having jobs elsewhere, some viewed this as targeted at Robert Marawa.

It is worth noting that Robert Marawa is not the only person in South Africa who is employed by the SABC and it’s rival; most notably, Gareth Cliff was the judge of M-Net’s Idol while hosting SABC Radio’s 5FM breakfast show.

DJ Fresh, host of 5FM’s breakfast show – previously hosted The Fresh Drive also on 5FM, is a judge on e.tv’s SA’s Got Talent and was a host of Tropika Island of Treasure while it was on e.tv.

DJ Warras was on YFM when he started with Live Amp and has since moved to 5FM.

Bonang Matheba was the host of Clash of the Choirs on Mzansi Magic while a presenter of SABC 3’s Top Billing and DJ on Metro FM – when she accepted an offer to present SuperSport World Cup Live show she was fired from Metro FM.

While it is unclear while Robert Marawa has been a constant subject in this alleged conflict of interest, there is a number of people who work for the SABC and it’s rivals.

  • Alleged protection by Jacob Zuma

Robert Marawa has been referred to as Nkandla’s second most famous son after incumbent President of South Africa Jacob Zuma.

When Hlaudi Motsoeneng announced a new policy that will prevent SABC freelancers and employees to provide services to rival broadcasters it was alleged that President Jacob Zuma blocked a move to make Robert Marawa choose between the SABC and Supersport.

Robert Marawa stated that this was not true, the allegation was also dismissed by Kaizer Kganyago, SABC’s spokesman.

Robert Marawa whose family once lived in Nkandla before relocating to Durban has acknowledged that he is an acquaintance of President Jacob Zuma but could not claim that they were close.

  • Alleged Feud with Pitso Mosimane

It has been claimed that Robert Marawa and Pitso Mosimane do not see eye to eye. It is worth noting that Robert Marawa’s big sister was Bafana Bafana‘s deputy manager but quit when Pitso Mosimane became head coach. She cited displeasure with the manner in which Pitso Mosimane conducted himself while Assistant Coach of Bafana Bafana.

Robert Marawa has however stated that he’s never had any problem with Pitso Mosimane and went on to add that it is Pitso Mosimane who claimed that he (Robert Marawa) was unkind to him (Pitso Mosimane) while during his tenure as Bafana Bafana head coach.

 

Personal Life

Robert Marawa was born in Vryheid in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa to Phumlile and Frank Marawa.

pearl-thusi-and-robert-marawaIt is unclear if Robert Marawa has other siblings either than his two famous sisters; Gugu Marawa who was deputy manager of the South African Senior Men’s National Football Team (Bafana Bafana) and general manager of Lamontville Golden Arrows for a brief period.

Robert Marawa’s son Awande Marawa was born on July 18, 2011 at 22:35 at Netcare The Bay Hospital in Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal to South African performer Zoe Mthiyane.

Robert Marawa has been romantically linked to Pearl Thusi. The pair initially denied any romantic involvement, however, the South African media has since revealed that Robert Marawa and Pearl Thusi are engaged to be married.

“I’m sure she wasn’t lying because the evidence is there and I’m sure she showed you the evidence,” Robert Marawa said in an interview with Anele Mdoda answering the question of his engagement. “It was a strange thing, we first met at a Polo event and I was walking to my car and she was driving, when I introduced myself,” he said in that interview.

  • Health Issues

In 2008 Robert Marawa suffered a heart attack while on his way home from the gym (it has also been reported that he was at home). He was able to call the ambulance and was taken to ­Sunninghill Hospital in ­Johannesburg where the ­doctors operated on him upon arrival to ­unblock an artery.

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