Presenter Seipati ‘Twasa’ Seoke has been saved the bell after her contract was renewed by Lesedi FM at the 11th hour.
Seoke who confirmed her sacking last week has been retained by the station following an outcry from fans who sympathised with her after 19 years of service.
In a new twist, Lesedi FM unveiled its new line-up last Friday on which Seoke appeared after her sacking was officially announced the previous day.
Seoke will stay on Monate Breakfast show and will be joined by Nkunyana ‘Skuzabell’ Nkunyana weekdays between 6:30 am and 9 am.
“I’m ecstatic and completely excited. Since we spoke last time [Tuesday], we basically were engaged in talks and they offered me a new contract. It’s phenomenal and I’m happy with the contract,” said Seoke.
The talented presenter’s initial firing came under heavy criticism from the station’s listeners who were quick to denounce management.
Thabang Selekane expressed his disappointment in the station’s management and the presenter herself. “You mean to tell me that Twasa is sitting on 19 years’ experience and still has to beg for a job at the station with that kind of experience. Someone tell her to give me that experience and see how a flourishing cause she clearly has no use of it.” Another listerner, Mamosa Mosiko said the station should be ashamed of itself, adding that despite her vast experience, Twasa, as she’s affectionately known, has failed to evolve, hence she remains dependent on Lesedi FM.
“This is precisely the problem with people who don’t have vision. Once a salary gets taken away from them, all that knowledge and experience goes outside the window. Someone with plan and vision not only for life but for her career, would have turned into a cry baby after being fired as she did,” noted Mosiko.
Oumix Motebang regarded the celebration of Twasa’s return to the airwaves as sad and pathetic from those who are hell-bent on retaining names and not talent. “Young talent like KG Lives who was oppressed by the same Twasa during the morning show gets sacked and so-called fans are mum about it,” she said, adding: “This is a true reflection of the type of listeners the station has.”
The presenter has not responded to the views of her being dependant on the station, only welcoming those that have welcomed her back onto the airwaves.
Sources inside the station said while the former Qwa Qwa radio presenter is retained, she still brings nothing to the table.
Asked whether this was due to pressure from fans, the source, who is a producer said, “Many presenters have been sacked from various radio stations with a much bigger fan base than Twasa but they were never brought back. Twasa might be back but I can put on record that it has nothing to do with her fan base.”
Other changes at the station include Mathemalodi airing from 9 am to 12 pm, hosted by Tholoana ‘ThuliBaby’ Moletsane. Thuso ‘O nketsang’ Motaung and Matshogo ‘DJ Stix’ Mahloko will host Jwale Ke Nako’ from 12noon to 3 pm.
The Afternoon Drive Show Re a kubeletsa will continue to be hosted by Nyakallo ‘Ba2Cada’ Leine weekdays from 3 pm to 6 pm.
Zanele ‘Nestum’ Nyakale will now serve as station coordinator in Gauteng after veteran broadcaster Phelane ‘Master P’ Sothoane retired.