Condolences and tributes are pouring in for the late radio host Mthobeli ‘KCi’ August like a river bursting its banks. His family expressed their grief and sorrow for the loss of their son, Mthobeli KCi August, in a statement they released when they learned of his passing. On Friday, 29 December 2023, the ex-host of the Umhlobo Wenene afternoon show was found dead at his Johannesburg home.

By Staff Writer

Mthobeli “KCI” August, like a fading star in the night sky, has departed from this earthly stage, leaving behind a void as vast as an endless ocean.

His body, as lifeless as a stone, was discovered at his residence in Johannesburg on Friday, like a haunting scene from a melancholic painting.

The details of his death remain as elusive as a ghost in the night. August was like a shining star in the world of radio; his approach as a personality was as captivating as a mesmerising dance. He was like a breath of fresh air, bringing a unique flavour to the airwaves like a burst of exotic spices.

As the host of Umhlobo Wenene’s afternoon drive show, he was like a conductor leading a symphony, orchestrating the perfect blend of music and conversation.

His death is mourned by those who valued his professional work and contributions to the radio industry, like a field of flowers swaying in the gentle breeze, their petals drooping with sorrow.

The August family issued a statement on Friday, expressing their profound sadness at the loss of Mthobeli KCi August. They also requested privacy as they grieve and mentioned that further information about the funeral arrangements would be provided at a later time.

“It is with great sadness that the August family announces the passing of their son, Mthobeli KCi August,” the family said in a statement late on Friday.

“Mthobeli was found unconscious at his home in Johannesburg on Friday, 29 December 2023. He was a decorated radio presenter who enthralled audiences across South Africa with his unique style of presenting.

“We ask for privacy during this time of mourning. The details of the funeral will be announced in due course.”


Following the announcement of KCi’s death at the age of 47, fans, industry colleagues, and various organisations have expressed their condolences and honoured his memory through different social media platforms.

Loyiso Bala, the station manager of Umhlobo Wenene FM, stated that KCi was a top-rated and respected personality in the radio industry who made a remarkable and invaluable contribution to the station’s growth. Bala emphasised that KCi was an admired presenter at the station for a significant period, and his insightful observations and unwavering dedication to the radio medium will always be remembered and cherished.

Yongama Zigebe, the secretary-general of UDM, led the tributes and extended condolences to the August family.

“KCi Mthobeli August’s remarkable contribution to the arts, particularly through his engaging skits on Umhlobo Wenene FM’s afternoon drive, stands as a testament to his unparalleled talent,” the political party said on its website.

“He possessed the rare ability to captivate audiences during off-peak and homeward-bound hours, keeping them glued to their radios with his artistic brilliance.”

“As a fearless and principled broadcaster, KCi Mthobeli August used his platform to stand firm for truth in his unique way. His unwavering dedication to integrity, coupled with his exceptional storytelling prowess, made him a cherished figure among listeners and a stalwart in the broadcasting industry.

“His impact stretched beyond the airwaves, resonating deeply within the hearts of his audience and leaving an indelible mark on South Africa’s cultural landscape.” KCi Mthobeli August’s commitment to his craft and his ability to infuse truth into his work set him apart as a beacon of honesty and authenticity.

“KCi Mthobeli August’s legacy will continue to inspire and remind us of the enduring power of art and truth. May his soul rest in eternal peace.”

“What a lovely person! KCi would walk past the Radio Park reception at the SABC and greet everyone loudly and in such a great spirits, even if he didn’t know you,” wrote former SAfm radio presenter, Bohlokwa Matlosa.

Radio and television host Thami Ngubeni wrote: “I’m heartbroken. KCi was life and joy. What a generous spirit! He had the rare ability to make u feel seen, loved and appreciated. Just last week, I was walking through the SABC Radio Park reception, and I just missed KCi. It’s the only place we ever met, and he always brought the sun. #RIPKCi”

Metro FM DJ Paul Mtirara posted on X: “#RIPKCi, to the nicest broadcaster and one of the greatest who understood broadcasting to its max.

“This is a sad day for us, and I know so many people will be missing you. RIP, my good sir. 2023 has taken more than we can handle.”

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