Tumi Morake quits radio

Tumi Morake… leaving radio to pursue other entertainment options.

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BY BILLY SUTER

JACARANDA FM breakfast show host Tumi Morake is waving goodbye to the station to spread her wings wider in other areas of entertainment.

A press release mailed to me today states that, after having risen to the challenge of co-hosting Breakfast with Martin Bester & Tumi Morake, Morake has announced that her last official day on air will be March 9.  Martin Bester will continue to host the Jacaranda FM breakfast show, supported by Liesl Laurie and Elma Smit.

“My performance career is taking a new direction, and unfortunately radio, with the time and energy it requires at this level, doesn’t fit into those plans.  I had a great time and learnt many valuable lessons, yes, even when the pawpaw hit the fan.  I wouldn’t change it for the world,” Morake says in the release.

She leaves the show after the hugely successful Rock ’n’ Comedy Cruise which combined Martin and Tumi’s off-air passions on an ocean liner.

After a short breather with her family, Morake’s plans will include co-writing a movie with her husband, Mpho Osei-Tutu, a spokesman says. Morake will also continue with her TV presenting; an international stand-up tour in Australia; a new stand-up tour with Ndumiso Lindi and a number of other ventures that will be announced through the year.

“This was not an easy decision for me at all.  The timing was just not right for this relationship; it is like leaving a lover that you are still in love with.  I really hope that fate will bring us together again one day,”  Morake adds in the press release.

Jacaranda FM general manager Kevin Fine says: “Tumi’s energy, wit, warmth and professionalism impacted positively from day one. We are glad to have been part of her first venture into radio – she is an incredible talent and pours herself 100% into everything she takes on.

“We are sad to see her go but we understand and respect her decision. She will always have a home here at Jacaranda FM.”


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