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City helps to keep Vuyo Mbuli’s memory alive


The City of Johannesburg has joined hands with the Soweto Cabal Athletic Club to keep the memory of the late radio and TV personality, Vuyo Mbuli, alive.

The City and Mbuli’s former running club will stage the inaugural Vuyo Mbuli Memorial Race at the James and Ethel Grey Park in Athol, near Melrose Arch, on Sunday (May 24).

Online entries for the race have already closed but Johannesburg residents can still enter at the venue. Entry costs R110 for the 10km race and R50 for the 5km version. Runners will need to pay an extra R20 for a temporary licence for the 10km race, which starts at 8am.

Mbuli, a long-time presenter on SABC1’s Morning Live, was well-known for his signature farewell greeting: “Sharp, sharp!”

He collapsed while watching a rugby match between the Cheetahs and the Reds at the Free State Stadium on May 18 2013. He was treated at the scene before being rushed to the Bloemfontein Mediclinic, where he died at the age of 46. Post-mortem results revealed that he died of pulmonary embolism, a blockage of an artery in the lung as a result of a blood clot.

Mbuli, a former footballer, took up running to keep fit and control his weight. He took part in various races and became an ambassador for healthy living. He completed three Comrades marathons and the 2011 Two Oceans race.

Johannesburg Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development Councillor Chris Vondo said the City was proud to help extend Mbuli’s legacy.

“Although Vuyo was born and bred in Soweto, he was loved by millions of people all over South Africa. He carried the Joburg flag with pride everywhere he went. That is why we did not hesitate to join in keeping his memory alive. The initiative is also in line with the City’s Healthy Lifestyle Programme, which seeks to get Johannesburg residents to exercise, eat healthy and lead disease-free lives. Vuyo was a fitting role model, not only for the residents of Johannesburg but for South Africans at large,” MMC Vondo said.