By Denise Shorayi
Former Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) radio and television personality Tawanda Gudhlangah, who succumbed to Covid-19 related complications at the age of 40 this Wednesday, has been described as a talented, jovial and patriotic journalist.
Known as “The Big Man”, Tawanda joined the then SFM now known as Classic263 in 2006 as a part time presenter.
He went on to present the station’s flagship programmes such as The Morning Grill, Drive Time and African Spirituality after being employed fulltime.
Gudhlanga was also popular on ZBC TV where he presented current affairs programmes such as Liquid Soil, Economic Forum and Zim-China Projects.
Classic263 colleagues have described Gudhlanga as an affable and accommodative colleague who had so much to offer to the local media industry.
“Tawanda was a jovial, accommodative person who was very free to everyone,” said Classic263 librarian, Farai Kandishaya.
Said Classic263 Producer/ Presenter Valentine Mabhugu,” Working with Tawanda helped me to be patient, brave and to be able to grab opportunities that come by.”
“He started working as a part time presenter on SFM and gained popularity with his African show African Spirituality,” said Classic263 Station Manager Terrence Mapurisana.
Renowned music producer Clive Mono Mukundu described the late broadcaster as a creative artist who was keen on upholding local culture as evidenced by his song which he featured various artists on Mono Mukundu album Another Brick 3.
Gudhlanga also won several awards including the 2017 NAMA award for Outstanding Journalist in Radio.
He is survived by his wife and five children.
Burial arrangements will be announced in due course.