SAfm mourns Rowena Baird
The former broadcaster, a veteran of radio and television, lost her long battle with cancer on Friday.
Former SAfm radio host, Rowena Baird has died after a long battle with cancer | Image: Twitter
Earlier today the SABC confirmed that former SAfm senior presenter on Morning Talk Rowena Baird passed away this morning after a long battle with cancer.
Her sister Michelle Baird reportedly confirmed that she died this morning.
— SAfm news (@SAfmnews) October 5, 2018
Baird started her broadcasting career in the mid 1980s at Radio BOP and went on to spend time at a variety of radio stations over the years including Radio 2000, Channel Africa and Metro FM.
She also worked as a TV presenter having presented a series of voter education programs in addition to being a co-presenter of The Breakfast Club on SABC television in the late 1990s.
During her radio career, she filled various roles, having worked as a news reader and presenter on a range of topics and shows like magazine programs, current affairs programs, music programs, features and inserts and talk shows.
“Having being part of the media for most of her professional life, Rowena has had the privilege and the honour of interviewing a wide range of people, the scope of which spans from politicians, to musicians – local and international, to actors, to princes and princesses, to poets and social commentators, to entrepreneurs, to fashion icons, to business men and women, to comedians, to playwrights, to sports heroes, to iconic photographers, to captains of the media, to ordinary men and women of South Africa,” stated SAfm.
Colleagues and fans took to social media to express their sadness about her passing.
Rowena Baird fought a courageous fight against cancer. She loved broadcasting & came in even at the most difficult times. She now joins her friend Vuyo Mbuli in the nooks & crannies of the universe. Rest in Peace Mbokodo. https://t.co/Ouz0sE4xC8
— Ntuthuko Makhombothi (@IamMakhombothi) October 5, 2018
— Siki Mgabadeli (@sikimgabadeli) October 5, 2018
Rowena Baird shared her journey with us the listerners …She fought a good fight …Phew I am heart broken and really sad …This hurts very deep …💔 May her gentle soul rest in eternal peace and power …
— Major General (@EliasChinemore) October 5, 2018
— IG: BohlokwaMatlosa (@BohlokwaMatlosa) October 5, 2018
Last words to the iconic Rowena Baird during her last show. 💔💔💔💔💔💔
What a woman. May the Almighty continue to bless your path. I feel like SA is being robbed of your wisdom. You are all… https://t.co/hC1RcOcFZK
— Dr Criselda Kananda (@positivegp) October 5, 2018