Xolani Gwala, broadcasting idol who beat rural life odds

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Xolani Gwala, broadcasting idol who beat rural life odds

As family and friends bid farewell to Gwala on Thursday, an old friend pays tribute to him

Sihle Mlotshwa

“So if this picture I paint makes me a sinner or makes me a saint I won’t try to deny it. I may cry with the past but it is easier to laugh about it when I think of my wonderful life. I thank God for my wonderful life.”

These are the lyrics to Dream of a Lifetime by legendary American R&B superstar Marvin Gaye, which was played on the set of Morning Live at the start of the show on Monday, May 23 2013, the first Monday after veteran broadcaster Vuyo Mbuli had succumbed to a pulmonary embolism.

On that blue, hazy Monday, when the songs was played and a symbolic rose was put on Mbuli’s chair, I shed a tear...

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