Yeye bids SABC family farewell after 25 years

NEW ROLE: Family man Zola Yeye. Picture: Brian Witbooi
NEW ROLE: Family man Zola Yeye. Picture: Brian Witbooi

AFTER spending 25 years working for the SABC, Zola Yeye, 60, will finally get a chance to spend quality time with his family.

During an interview at his home in Port Elizabeth, the father of four said he would love to take his family on a holiday.

“My daughter once said to me she understood how Nelson Mandela’s children felt when they could not spend time with him,” he said.

“I want to take them on a journey they will enjoy. These are the kinds of journeys that enhance relationships, develop and cement love in the family.”

He said he was looking at taking two weeks away from home, whether in Africa or abroad.

Yeye’s wife, Nozithembiso, said she was also happy because life had been hectic.

He will spend much of his time at his Blawa Butchery in New Brighton from now on.

“People will find me there selling chops behind the counter,” Yeye said

“However, as much as I have a business, I will spend more quality time with my family and the community.”

If the right assignment had to come his way, he would weigh it up “because I believe in sacrifice, selflessness and service”.

Yeye said: “The SABC was a family away from home. The relationship we had was a chemistry that binds one into a unit.

“I will also miss being a servant through utilising the fertile platform of broadcasting which allowed me to be the voice of the voiceless and another ear on the ground for ordinary people.”

Yeye considered anchoring the historic 1994 elections the “pinnacle of my life in broadcasting”.

His advice to the new provincial general manager, who has not yet been appointed, was to listen to the voice of reason.

“They should know trust is at the core of communication, and build a team around them. Lastly, they should always know if it is not broken then don’t fix it.”

Yeye has a masters degree in political science and is known for many roles, from rugby legend and sporting icon to award-winning journalist, marketing expert and philanthropist.

“I will continue being a role model and a mentor,” Yeye said.

Before being appointed provincial general manager in 2003, Yeye worked as a regional editor in charge of radio and television news.

In 2006, he was named Springbok team manager and, in 2007, he won The Herald Citizen of the Year award in the Sport category.

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