26 May 2018


THE OFFICIAL BOKONE BOPHIRIMA GOVERNMENT NEWSPAPER

SABC presenter Modiko Mothupi laid to rest  

by: Obakeng Maje   date: 14 May 2018

Thousands of mourners came to bid farewell to SABC’s Motsweding FM presenter, Modiko Mothupi on Saturday. 
 
The 56 year-old broadcaster passed away last Monday after a short illness and he was buried at Mmabatho Cemetery in Mahikeng.
 
SABC News Bokone Bophirima Provincial Assignment Editor, Winston Mphahlele, said Mothupi served the organization for more than 15 years. Mphahlele said Mothupi joined Motsweding FM when the now defunct Mmabatho FM and Radio Setswana were merged.
 
“He was a disciplined, dedicated and determined announcer, DJ and presenter. Mothupi was a colleague who spent his better part of life in broadcasting. He was the example of the crop that was chosen and came into the industry with passion. Mothupi did not join the SABC for personal gain, but because of passion.
 
“He went through thick and thin, but he continued to serve the organization unconditionally. Mothupi was also a soft-spoken and kind individual who was easy to associate with. He was also a devoted Christian and he was so creative when coming to his work,” he said.  
 
Mothupi’s longtime friend and colleague, Lawrence Kuntwane, said Mothupi was a hero for many who valued Setswana language and culture. 
 
“We wish we could have a person of his calibre, especially when coming to traditional Setswana music. Our emerging presenters could take a leaf out of Mothupi’s life. Mothupi was a simple man who never regarded himself as a celebrity. He was the voice of the station,” Kuntwane said. 
 
Mothupi’s neighbor, Judge Bafshoe, told the mourners that the broadcaster loved God and was always vibrant. “He believed in himself and always encouraged people to work hard in life. Mothupi was also advocating a fight against women and children abuse. He was well-known and blended well with his neighbours. He played an integral part in making sure that we become one big family. I will miss him and I hope God will grant his family serenity,” he said. 
 
Daughter, Keorapetse Mothupi, had this to say: “Daddy, you ensured that you take care of. We will always cherish your presence in our lives. You always encouraged us to believe in ourselves and study harder as you believed in education. We hope you will always look down on us from heaven and we were grateful to have a father like you”.
 
ANC Bokone Bophirima Acting Provincial Secretary, Sussana Dantjie, said Mothupi was “passionate” about his job. 
“He promoted Setswana language and culture. Mothupi has been dedicated to his job as a Setswana broadcaster for decades and contributed to our society’s history and development.
“It is with sadness that the province has lost one of the broadcasters who were passionate about his job and promoting Setswana language and culture”. 
 
Mothupi is mourned by his wife Brenda and two children, Keorapetse and Oarabile.