Robert Marawa Biography – Robert Marawa Wiki
Robert Marawa is a South African sports journalist, radio and TV presenter. He attended Hilton College near Pietermaritzburg and the University of the Witwatersrand where he studied law. He worked as a presenter for SuperSport and SABC. He is the former host of 083 Sports at 6 on Metro FM, and of a simulcast sports show, Marawa Sports Worldwide (MSW) on Radio 2000 and Metro FM.
The popular sports presenter was first fired by the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) in July 2017 but was then rehired to run a simulcast sports show, Marawa Sports Worldwide (MSW) on Radio 2000 and Metro FM. The public broadcaster fired Marawa for the second time on 30 July 2021.
Sports personality and TV presenter Robert Marawa was also dismissed from SuperSport in May 2019 via text where he was 2-hours before his show not to bother coming into work. Marawa hinted that his dismissal at SuperSport had to do with him speaking out about sexual harassment allegations within the ranks at the broadcaster.
He began his career as a continuity presenter before MOVING into sports broadcasting, anchoring shows like TopSport and Laduma. In 1996 he joined SABC1 when the channels were relaunched in their present format of SABC1, SABC2 and SABC3, as a Zulu and English continuity presenter. After two years at SABC1, he started at the then Topsport as an anchor of the popular live soccer show Laduma in late 1997.
Over the next years Marawa would host Soccerzone, a football highlights show which continues to air on SABC 1 on Mondays; Discovery Sports Centre which aired from 18:00 to 19:00 weekdays on SABC Radio’s Metro FM; hosted SABC 2’s boxing show Blow by Blow; traveled to Germany for the 2006 Fifa World Cup; hosted various other sports for the SABC and later Supersport.
He has also presented The Peoples Celebration Concert – a 2006 Premier Foods concert, judged on 2012 Miss South Africa and co-hosted the 12th Annual Metro FM awards with Azania Mosaka in 2013. In 2006 Robert Marawa left SABC TV for Supersport, SABC’s rival, but remained on SABC Radio’s Metro FM.
Marawa is the founder of MarawaTV, an all-access, opinion based, on-the-ground sports content channel for a global audience. It delivers exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage of the latest sporting events from around the world with real-time content, updates and interviews profiling teams, players, tournaments and sports cultures.
Robert Marawa Fired
On Friday, 30 July 2021, the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) fired sports personality and TV presenter Robert Marawa for the second time, allegedly via text. The popular sports presenter was first fired by the public broadcaster in July 2017 but was then rehired to run a simulcast sports show, Marawa Sports Worldwide (MSW) on Radio 2000 and Metro FM. Marawa’s dismissal at the SABC came on the same day that he won the South African Radio Award for Best Sports Show.
SABC announced the departure of renowned sports broadcasters, Robert Marawa and Vaylen Kirtley in the followig statement:
“The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), would like to announce the departure of renowned sports broadcasters, Mr. Robert Marawa and Ms. Vaylen Kirtley.
“Robert Marawa departs following the conclusion of the MSW (Marawa Sport Worldwide) which Marawa presented on both METRO FM and Radio 2000 simultaneously.
“Ms. Kirtley presented the Sport segment of SABC’s television current affairs show, Morning Live, and was also an anchor for SABC sport programming. She joined the SABC 20 years ago and started with junior sports programmes at the time.
“The SABC would like to wish Mr. Marawa and Ms. Kirtley well in their future endeavors and appreciates their contribution to SABC Sport programming.”
On 3 August 2021, the South African Football Association (SAFA) released a statement following the termination of Robert Marawa’s contract with the public broadcaster SABC: “SAFA wishes to express its disapproval following the termination of Robert Marawa’s contract with the public broadcaster SABC as this will hinder football development and professional profiling of the sport.
“Robert Marawa has over the years excelled as a major contributor to the analysis, insight and debate of football on the African continent and global stage.
“His shows have regularly attracted wide-range expert views and opinions that evidently contributed to the growth of South African football.
“It is unfortunate that as we celebrate the right to freedom of speech and diversity of opinions, the main broadcasters in the country Supersport and SABC find that such differing and diverse opinions are not to be tolerated on their platforms.
“Robert Marawa has a proven track record both nationally and continentally and has delivered major service to both local, CAF and FIFA platforms. He has used his extensive influence to enrich football debates in our country and the African continent at large.
“South Africa and its broadcast platforms must show greater tolerance to the diversity of opinions.
“SAFA, as the football governing body in the country, will approach SABC to discuss this key aspect to the future of football in this country.”
On Tuesday, 03 August 2021, the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) accused the South African Football Association (SAFA) of interfering in the human resources and operational affairs of the public broadcaster after they came out in support of Robert Marawa.
In a statement issued to media, the SABC said it had “noted with serious concern the misleading and ill-informed media statement issued by the South African Football Association (SAFA) regarding the conclusion of Robert Marawa’s contract with the public broadcaster.
“The SABC regards this as an attempt by SAFA to interfere with the human resources and operational affairs of the public broadcaster. SAFA’s statement and its intention to meet with the SABC on this issue is unprecedented and in direct conflict with the SABC’s independence, which is guaranteed by law.
“It is quite clear that SAFA has issued a media statement without regard to the full details of the matter. The SABC reiterates that Robert Marawa’s three-year contract was not terminated but ended as per the terms of his contract. Robert Marawa was duly notified of the non-renewal of his contract three months before it came to an end.
“The SABC strongly rejects SAFA’s assertion that the non-renewal of Robert Marawa’s contract is somehow connected with an attempt to restrict the expression of his views. SAFA’s comment in this regard is baseless and without foundation. It is disappointing that the organisation representing South African football has allowed itself to become part of this issue’s misinformation.
“The public broadcaster assures the South African public that it will continue to discharge its mandate without fear or favour, whilst ensuring that the interests of the organisation are protected.”
Robert Marawa Age
He was born on 1st March 1973 in Vryheid, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa.
Robert Marawa Parents
Robert Marawa parents are Frank Marawa (father) and Phumlile Marawa (mother). Robert Marawa’s father, Frank Marawa, died in December 2016 at the age of 86, surrounded by his children; sports broadcaster Robert Marawa, model and radio presenter Vanessa, Nomvula, and Gugu, a sports administrator.
His funeral service at St Faith’s Anglican Church, Greyville, was attended by Kaizer Chiefs manager Bobby Motaung, KZN Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, SABC head of corporate affairs Hlaudi Motsoeneng, Minister of Sport Fikile Mbalula, Deputy Minister in the Presidency Buti Manamela, city manager S’bu Sithole, Ukhozi FM station manager Bonga Mpanza, football supporters and Metro FM presenters.
Robert described his father as a jack of all trades and a man who loved his family: “My dad played many roles. He liked sports, He was a boxer in his time and had a six-pack, unlike us. He loved music especially jazz and he knew about politics as well. My dad cared about the family, he often checked up on me, he used to call me even when he didn’t know what to say, he would just talk about sport and tell me stories,” said Robert.
“My father passed away in front of us and I must admire the strength of my mom, Phumlile, his wife of 52 years. She was stronger than everyone. At the ward I held my father’s left hand and Vanessa held his right hand. My mom said my dad has passed away and we must accept it.
“She removed the oxygen and thanked the nurses for caring for my father. That moment was hard, that my dad was gone but my mom was very strong and comforted us,” said Robert.
Although Marawa was financially well off, he never spoiled his children, he wanted them to work and earn their living. First-born of the family, Nomvula spoke about their upbringing.
“My dad was a businessman. He was principled and very strict. As someone who was well off, you’d think he gave us money easily, but we had to work. During school holidays, we used to work at the family’s tuck shop. My dad was very strict with money. He taught us to work hard from a young age,” she said.
Robert Marawa Family
Marawa is the son of Frank Marawa and Phumlile Marawa. Robert Marawa has two siblings named Vanessa Marawa and Gugu Marawa.
Robert Marawa Wife
He was romantically linked with Zoe Mthiyane. It is not clear whether they got married or not. She gave birth to their son on 18th July 2011 at Netcare, The Bay Hospital in Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal.
Robert Marawa Baby
Marawa’s son Awande Marawa was born on July 18, 2011 at 22:35 at Netcare The Bay Hospital in Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal to South African performer Zoe Mthiyane.
Robert Marawa Sisters
Marawa has two sisters Gugu Marawa who was deputy manager of the South African Senior Men’s National Football Team (Bafana Bafana) and general manager of Lamontville Golden Arrows for a brief period. His other sibling is Vanessa Marawa who achieved fame after participating and eventually winning Survivor South Africa: Panama.
Robert Marawa and Pearl Thusi
he started an affair with Pearl Thusi who is a South African actress, RJ, model and a businesswoman. The lovebirds met at a Polo event. At the beginning, both of them denied the fact and proved as a rumour but their lie was caught by the media after she was seen with an engagement ring.
Despite their engagement being plagued by rumours of a split and their families apparently not seeing eye to eye on lobola negotiations, they managed to keep up a united front. However, on 6 Aug 2017, Marawa confirmed the rumours in a tweet, ” I confirm the rumour & speculation that our relationship with Miss Pearl Thusi ended a few months ago. We continue 2 be good friends though.”
Robert Marawa Salary and Net worth
Marawa net worth is estimated to be USD6 million. He has amassed such massive worth from his earnings and salary that he received from the employer. According to an online portal, Robert Marawa salary (earnings) is R300,000 per month which means he makes R3.6 million a year. For fulfilling the responsibility as a father, he pays R30,000 a year for his child support.
Robert Marawa Nationality
Robert Marawa is of South African nationality.
Robert Marawa Instagram
Robert Marawa’s Instagram handle is @robert_marawa.